Stan State falls to Cal Poly Pomona in first round of tour­na­ment

The Modesto Bee - - Front Page - BY JU­LIAN LOPEZ jalopez@mod­


Even though she will be grad­u­at­ing, Stanis­laus State se­nior hit­ter Ramey Gard­ner be­lieves the fu­ture is bright for the War­riors, who fell to Cal Poly Pomona 28-26, 25-15, 25-18 in the first round of the Cal­i­for­nia Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment on Thurs­day at Fitz­patrick Arena.

“Th­ese girls are go­ing to go so far,” Gard­ner said. “This is just the start of it. It’s just the be­gin­ning of their po­ten­tial.”

The War­riors, who lose three se­niors, will bring back much of their team that went 16-11 this year, most of whom were on last year’s 3-3-23 team.

“It speaks (vol­umes what) th­ese girls have set with their work ethic and a great deal of hard work,” War­riors coach Mal­lori Gib­son-Rossi said. “I am proud of them for show­ing the fight all year.”

Said ju­nior out­side hit­ter Sierra Adams, who a day be­fore was named first-team All-CCAA: “We all fought su­per hard and we wanted it as a team. Our War­rior Way, it’s who we are.”

Against a team that al­ready had beaten them twice this year, Stanis­laus State bat­tled the Bron­cos early as each had mul­ti­ple set points. Cal Poly (22-4) trailed 26-25 but won the fi­nal three points of the set.

“Ev­ery­thing was click­ing,” sopho­more Chelsey Berry. “We had fire and in­ten­sity through­out the set.”

The emo­tion and ex­cite­ment was all there but van­ished in the fi­nal two sets as Gib­son-Rossi called mul­ti­ple time­outs to try to bring a spark to her team.

“We tried to get that en­ergy back,” Gib­son-Rossi said. “We em­pha­sized more on the con­trol­lables and not the out­comes. We kind of got a lit­tle flat and were talk­ing about in­creas­ing the en­ergy and find­ing that rhythm.”

In the sec­ond set, Cal Poly led 10-4 and 19-12 be­fore win­ning 25-15. The War­riors had five er­rors and the Bron­cos block­ing trio of se­niors Desi Mar­tin and Kris­ten Hamilin and sopho­more Ally Wilder cre­ated a tough chal­lenge for Stanis­laus State’s front line. Each had two blocks in the sec­ond set.

“They are one of the most im­proved teams,” Cal Poly coach Rosie Wer­grich said. “They are re­ally good team and well­coached. I think the dif­fer­ence to­day was our ball con­trol.”

The War­riors trailed all through­out the third set and fell, 25-18. De­spite the out­come, Gib­son-Rossi was proud.

“We could have just given up and let them win by 10 to 15,” Gib­son-Rossi said. “We fought back and tried to gain mo­men­tum even with our backs against the wall.”

Adams had 17 kills and

Gard­ner had 12. Ham­lin led Cal Poly with 17.


For the third time in five years, the Cen­tral Catholic girls ten­nis team won a CIF Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion ti­tle af­ter the Raiders beat Kim­ball, 7-2, on Thurs­day at Oak Park Ten­nis Cen­ter in Stock­ton.

It was the third time Cen­tral Catholic beat Kim­ball this year.

“I told the team you did all the work to get here, treat this like just an­other match,” Raiders coach Natalie Wag­ner said.

Sopho­more Colleen Bal­la­tore won her sin­gles match 6-1, 6-1 but Wag­ner was most im­pressed with se­nior cap­tain Suzanne Manseau. Manseau lost both of her matches against Kim­ball dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son but won on Thurs­day 6-1, 6-0.

“She is play­ing her best ten­nis at the right time,” Wag­ner said.

Wag­ner said she knew dur­ing the sum­mer that this team was ca­pa­ble of win­ning a cham­pi­onship but they just needed to de­velop as a team.

“We did ex­actly what we said,” Wag­ner said. “They played for their team­mates.”

ANDY AL­FARO aal­faro@mod­

Stanis­laus' Ramey Gard­ner spikes the ball past a Cal Poly Pomona player on Thurs­day dur­ing the first round of the Cal­i­for­nia Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion Tour­na­ment.

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