Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
“Every time you’d think (the clinching point) was going down it came right back up,” Manteca coach Kevin Bolding said. “It was crazy. We had our chances to extend it but just couldn’t get over that last hump. I said all along that Weston Ranch is a good team. You can’t go by their record.”
The last time these two teams squared off, Manteca won a thrilling five-game match with each set being decided by no more than three points.
Victoria Gulley racked up 16 kills and five aces for Weston Ranch (3-7 Valley Oak League, 7-8 overall). Elizabeth Alexander had 19 assists, Nicole Kudla added 12 digs and Shayla Moore tallied four blocks.
Morgan Miramontes led Manteca (4-6, 7-9) with 10 kills and 10 digs. Alyssa Burch amassed nine blocks to go with eight kills. Beth Aschenbrenner accumulated 33 assists, while Melissa Hansen had 22 digs.
Ripon 3, Riverbank 0
In Riverbank Samantha McCreath turned in 11 kills, 16 digs and seven aces as Ripon (4-3 TVL, 16-9 overall) cruised to a 25-9, 25-18, 25-12 victory.
Setter Lauren Wiebe handed out 24 assists. Emily O’Brien and Ashlyn Eisenga contributed 15 digs apiece, and Karissa Carlson chipped in four blocks.
Weston Ranch 0
Tawny Deericnk and Emily Yu each rapped out five kills and the Buffaloes swept, 25-17, 25-14.
Destanie Elliot, Sarah Inderbitzin (3 blocks each) and Jocelyn Prado (5 digs) led the defense.