Man­teca gets long-awaited win

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OAK­DALE — Man­teca has walked the walk so far, but head coach Kevin Bold­ing knows the marathon is far from over in the Val­ley Oak League.

His Buf­faloes took a big step for­ward Wed­nes­day, when they knocked off reigning cham­pion Oak­dale 20-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-16. It is be­lieved to be their first win over the Mus­tangs since 1999, dur­ing Bold­ing’s first stint as Man­teca’s coach.

Ac­cord­ing to MaxPreps, Man­teca has dropped all 27 of its pre­vi­ous meet­ings with Oak­dale go­ing back to 2004. Two years ago, Man­teca — with three fresh­man starters — dropped a five-set

heart­breaker to these Mus­tangs, who swept the Buffs in the 20 con­sec­u­tive matches prior.

With ex­pe­ri­ence and depth to go with tal­ent, Man­teca (2-0, 11-3) now has the tar­get on its back for the rest of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“They’re one of those pro­grams you kind of want to model your team af­ter,” Bold­ing said. “If you want to get to that level you have to work to be able to com­pete with them. We’ve done a good job the last few years of com­pet­ing with them, we just haven’t got­ten over that hump. Tonight was huge in a sense that we now know with­out a doubt we can play with them.”

Man­teca strug­gled out of the gate but even­tu­ally got its bal­anced at­tack rolling. Pay­ton Reis led the way with 14 kills, 14 ser­vice points, three aces and 13 digs. Rhi­an­non Ge­nilla added 12 kills and nine digs. Kacy Bold­ing posted 20 as­sists, 10 kills, nine digs and two blocks. Kaitlyn Moren­zone set 19 as­sists while con­tribut­ing 19 digs and eight kills. Emma Kadil­lak an­chored the back row with 18 digs, while Sarah In­der­b­itzin served 14 points and an ace.

“Af­ter that first game, I think we were a lit­tle more re­laxed,” coach Bold­ing said. “Not tak­ing any­thing away from them, but we kind of helped them by hit­ting the balls out and not keep­ing it in play. We came through in clutch times and made plays.” Kim­ball 3, East Union 0 TRACY — First-year East Union coach Chelsea Her­rera said the Lancers “were a whole dif­fer­ent team” than the one that was swept in its league opener on Mon­day.

They were swept again Wed­nes­day but did not go down qui­etly against Kim­ball (2-0, 7-4) in a 16-25, 23-25, 22-25 loss.

“The girls fought,” Her­rera

said. “They were re­ally into it tonight and got into a rhythm.”

Alexus Surnip tal­lied 10 kills and 13 to lead the Lancers (0-2, 1-5). Kiana Day chipped in with eight kills and 14 digs, while Ra­gan Fowzer came up with six solo blocks. Set­ter An­gel­ica Mer­cardo dished out 23 as­sists.

Cen­tral Catholic 3,

We­ston Ranch 2 STOCK­TON — The Cougars (0-2, 6-3) fell short in a five-game thriller —15-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 9-15 — but had a strong show­ing two nights af­ter get­ting swept at Man­teca.

Amaya Fin­ley swat­ted a team-high 20 kills, Nayeli Moreno ac­cu­mu­lated 32 as­sists and Diana Me­d­ina led the back row.

Sopho­more Oak­dale 2, Man­teca 0 OAK­DALE — The Buf­faloes (1-1, 5-2) were de­feated 20-25, 17-25

Olga Perez (six points, four digs), Abby Arias (three points, six digs) and Ker­ren Zou (five points, four kills) were Man­teca’s stand­outs.

Photo by SEAN KAHLER

Man­teca out­side hit­ter Pay­ton Reis gets her spike through the block of Oak­dale’s Ash­ley Moreno, left, and Caro­line Hamilton.

VAR­SITY Man­teca: 3 Oak­dale: 1

Photo by SEAN KAHLER

Man­teca’s Rhi­an­non Ge­nilla, flanked by team­mate Is­abella Ge­orge (1) reaches above the net to tip the ball over Oak­dale blocker Alyssa Cog­burn.

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