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Manteca suffers another heartbreaker
Foundation Games produce mixed results for area teams
Ripon Christian’s Michelle Terpstra gets a hand on Turlock Christian outside hitter Megan Brown’s spike during a Foundation Game Thursday in Ripon. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
It doesn’t count against records, but it still stings for Tim Horning and his Manteca Buffaloes.

For the second time this week, Manteca came out with guns blazing but ended up firing blanks in a tough-to-swallow, five-game loss (25-18, 25-19, 14-25, 7-25, 6-15) to West of Tracy Thursday at Winter Gymnasium.

Manteca was one of five area volleyball programs to participate in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s 8th Annual Foundation Games. Sixty two of these exhibition games were played throughout the section, and proceeds from each contest benefit the A. Dale Lacky Scholarship program.

Last year, 50 students from the section received $34,000 in scholarships. Sierra High three-sport standout Heather Scharmann was one of 10 to be awarded $1,000, while Ripon Christian’s Matt Unruh was presented $600.

Manteca lost in similar fashion on Tuesday, taking two of the first three games before allowing Enochs to come back and win. That one counted as a loss, but both matches this week is cause for concern to Horning.

“I made some lineup changes before the third game thinking that with two games in the bag we’d be all right,” Horning said. “But after that it didn’t matter who was in, we just went flat-footed. We just couldn’t get it back after losing the third game.

“It’s a good thing it doesn’t go against our record, but that’s two times in a row we let one slip away in one week, and it gets tougher for us next week.”

Manteca takes on Stockton powerhouse Lincoln next Tuesday.

Cynthia Perez led the Buffaloes (1-1) with eight kills and two aces.  Setter Davina Bennett had 15 assists and eight digs, Dallas Mould stuffed four and Abigail Rosas was lauded for her play in the back row.

Ripon 3, Modesto 0

In Ripon, Cheyenne DePrue blasted 12 kills and picked up 10 digs to lead a balanced effort for the Indians (0-1), who swept Modesto, 25-7, 25-19, 25-19.

Kelsey Johnston (25 assists), Lauren Feddersen (10 digs), Ashley Robinson (five blocks) and Kendra Contente added six kills apiece.

Ripon competes in the High Sierra Invitational today and Saturday.

Lathrop 3, Delta Charter 0

The first-year Spartans cruised 25-6, 25-4, 25-11 at home.

“The team overall did really, really well,” said coach Angela Cuellar. “Everybody contributed. We didn’t have anyone really stand out because we did well as a team.”

Turlock Christian 3, Ripon Christian 0

In Ripon, the section’s two-time defending Division V champion Knights competed well but struggled to seal the deal Thursday, losing 20-25, 24-26, 20-25.

Michelle Terpstra paced RC with seven kills and 20 asssists. Kelsey Tillema also churned out seven kills to go with six blocks.

Tracy 3, Weston Ranch 0

In Tracy, DeArbia Gardner led the Cougars — who fell 20-25, 15-25, 16-25 — with four kills and three aces. Anias Castillo dished out four aces, and Laura Ramos pitched in with two kills and an ace.

— Jonamar Jacinto