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Manteca defense not enough vs. Sonora
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­Manteca’s scrappy play on the defensive line did well enough to make visiting Sonora’s big-hitting front work, but the big hitting was too much.

Libero Abigail Rosas finished with 14 digs and was able to spark long rallies in the Buffaloes’ 14-25, 14-25, 7-25 loss to the Valley Oak League’s defending co-champion Thursday.

Manteca (5-7, 16-19 overall) battled tooth and nail in the second game, taking a 10-9 lead at one point before Sonora standout Hanah Blume and the rest of the Wildcats took over,

“They were the more dominant team tonight, but my girls still played well,” Manteca coach Tim Horning said. “Sonora just has a lot of weapons. Sonora was impressed, saying that they had to respect our defense.”

Middle blocker Dallas Mould led Manteca’s front line with three kills and a block. Davina Bennett finished with seven assists, and Chellsee Lee added a pair of aces.

The Buffaloes are attempting to make a run at a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff berth but have some work to do with four matches to go. They were ranked 23rd in the midseason playoff power ratings and need to crack the top 16 to advance.

That may be tough to do with second-place Oakdale coming to town Monday and third-place rival Sierra to close the season.

Trans Valley League
Ripon 3, Modesto Ch. 0
In Ripon, the Indians (11-1, 29-8) kept their title hopes alive with a 25-14, 24-14, 25-18 victory. Ripon is going after its fourth straight championship but has to face co-leader Escalon one last time.

Lauren Feddersen led the way with seven kills, three aces and six blocks, while Kelsey Johnston recorded 24 assists and six digs. Cheyann DePrue contributed nine kills and eight digs.
— Jonamar Jacinto