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JV spikers place second
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Ceres High took second in a field of six in the Silver Bracket at the Golden Valley JV Volleyball Tournament.

The three-bracket, 16-team tournament was held at several sites, including Golden Valley High School and Hoover Junior High School, on Saturday.

"I'm pleased with how we played," said Ceres coach Kassi Baker. "They showed a lot of team unity."

With Kaylee Brown, Dayna Butler, Jamie Boling, Kyleesha Williams and Myrna Cadenas leading the way, the Bulldogs compiled a 2-4 record.

Ceres (2-6) played six matches in the span of nine hours.

"We left Ceres at 7:30 a.m. and got back at 7:30 p.m.," Baker said. "They were pretty tired."

Ceres won one of two matches in bracket play at Hoover Jr. High.

The Bulldogs swept Turlock Christian, 2-0.

Boling had four blocks, five kills and one ace.

Cadenas had two blocks, two kills and one ace.

Brown had two blocks, six aces and two kills.

The Bulldogs lost 2-1 to the Hughson Huskies.

Brown had three blocks, one kill and six aces.

Boling had three blocks, two kills and one ace.

Williams had three blocks and five kills.

Butler had five kills and one ace.

Ceres won one of four matches in pool play at Golden Valley High School.

The Bulldogs lost 2-1 to Sanger.

Williams had four blocks, three aces and three kills.

Brown had four blocks, one kill and four aces.

Cadenas had four kills and one ace.

Boling had three blocks.

Deepi Sidhu had three kills.

Ceres lost 2-0 to Golden Valley.

Brown had two blocks and two aces.

Kristen McClure had two blocks.

Butler had one block and two kills.

Cadenas had one block and two kills.

Ceres swept Central Catholic, 2-0.

Boling had eight blocks, five kills and one ace.

Butler had four blocks and two aces.

Cadenas had one block and four kills.

Williams had three blocks.

Brown had three kills.

Sidhu had three aces.

Ceres lost 2-1 to Merced.

Boling had four blocks and one kill.

Brown had two blocks and one ace.

Cadenas had two blocks and one ace.

Ripon 2, Ceres 0

The Indians posted a 25-15, 25-14 win over the Bulldogs in a non-league match at Ceres High School on Friday.

"There's a lot of things they did well," Baker said. "They were hustling. They had a lot of blocks. They were spiking.

"This is only the third game they've played together. They're still learning."

Frosh win

The Ceres High freshman volleyball team defeated the Ripon Indians 21-25, 25-22, 15-11 in a non-league match at Ceres High School on Friday.

"They finally started to play together as a team," said Ceres coach Denise Runyan, whose team improved to 1-1 overall.

Ceres jumped out to a 8-1 lead and scored seven of the final nine points in the third and decisive set.

The Bulldogs overcame a six-point deficit in the second set. They scored six of the last nine points.

"We kept getting good serves and that gave my team more confidence," Runyan said.

The Bulldogs lost in three sets, 22-25, 25-17, 15-12, to the Manteca Buffalos in Ceres on Thursday.

Ceres will play at Oakdale today and host to East Union on Friday. JV and freshman matches start at 5 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

"We've played eight games so far," Baker said. "Our offense is fine. We really have to work on our defense. If we can get that down, we have a really good chance of placing pretty high in our league." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier