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Bulldogs exact revenge against Buffaloes
The Ceres High varsity volleyball team picked up its first Valley Oak League win of the year last Wednesday, defeating Manteca 25-16, 25-22, 25-22 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs snapped a 10-year losing streak against the Buffaloes.

Ceres High's last victory over Manteca came in 1999 (15-10, 12-15, 15-12, 15-13).

"I can't tell you how happy I am," Bulldogs head coach Stephanie Hamilton said. "This is a big deal. It's one step closer to a winning season.

"It means a lot," said Jamie Beck, Ceres High's 6-foot-2-inch junior standout. "It boosts our confidence. We know we'll win in the future."

Beck had 16 kills, five aces and four blocks for the Bulldogs, who improved to 1-1 in the VOL standings.

Kaela Causey collected a team-high 13 assists and seven digs.

Jode Johnson tallied five kills and three blocks.

Rachel Nevarez chipped in with 12 assists and three digs. The Bulldogs earned 10 points in a row while she served in Game 1. Nevarez was slowed by an ankle injury in 2008.

"That is the best she's done this season," Hamilton said. "She's been working hard at practice. She doesn't goof around. She's doing a great job for us."

Abigail Rosas led Manteca (0-1) with seven digs and four aces.

Davina Bennett dished out 14 assists.

Cynthia Perez contributed six kills.

Earlier this season at the Golden Valley Tournament, Ceres High lost 2-0 to Manteca.

"The last time we played them, they did a lot of tipping," Beck said. "We worked on that at practice and got used to it."

Johnson delivered the final blow with a kill during last week's rematch.

The Bulldogs won despite squandering a 19-13 lead in the final game. Tied at 20-all, Ceres High outscored Manteca 5-2 down the stretch to secure the victory.

"If they would have extended it, I don't know what would have happened," Hamilton said.

When asked if her team would close the competitive gap in conference play, Beck said: "I think we're going to have a lot of wins this year. We have a lot of confidence in ourselves."