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East Union, Manteca fall in three games in postseason openers
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Just getting to the dance is a banner accomplishment for the East Union and Manteca volleyball teams.

Keeping up with their dance partners was another thing.

Both were swept on the road in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs Tuesday.

Fifteenth-seeded East Union traveled to Folsom and fell to No. 2 Vista del Lago, 9-25, 7-25, 15-25.

“I think the girls had it in their brains that they weren’t going to compete with them but they could have,” said East Union coach Jenaia Cano.

The No. 16 Buffaloes of Manteca didn’t have it any easier, losing to Christian Brothers in Sacramento, 8-25, 9-25, 7-25.

“They’re the No. 1 seed and they definitely showed it,” Manteca coach Tim Horning said.

For East Union, which ends its season at 10-11, Alexis Steele (two kills), Aliysa Hoffman (two kills), Kayla Lamont (two blocks), Kianna Lamont (two digs), Regina Dias (three assists) and Sierra Tailes (ace) led the way.

Vista del Lago (32-9) takes on No. 10 El Dorado on Thursday.

“Our goal was to make it to the playoffs, and the team has done it two years in a row,” Cano said. “Hopefully that pushes us to do better next year, and we’re only losing three seniors.”

Manteca (9-12) struggled at the outset as Christian Brothers opened with its best jump server and immediately went on a run. Things got tougher on the Buffaloes later after middle blocker Brittina Burch rolled an ankle.

“For us to not even get to double digits in every game shows how talented a team they are,” Horning said of the Falcons, who move to 25-11 and play No. 9 Oakmont in the quarterfinals. “We weren’t playing too bad, we just couldn’t catch a break.”

Erin Kennedy and Myklyn Balmut each hammered two kills, Sammy Morris dished out five assists and Nicole Magnuson and Morris turned in four digs apiece.