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Promising start, rough finish
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The Ceres High varsity volleyball team let a golden opportunity slip through its hands Thursday night at Central Valley High School.

The Bulldogs failed to finish in a 3-1 loss to Johansen in Modesto Metro Conference play.

“We should have won,” said Ceres coach Angela Durossette.

“We made too many mistakes in a row. That's what killed us.”

Ceres fell to 0-12 in the MMC.

Johansen improved to 7-5 in the league standings.

Jessica Mazza led the Bulldogs with 14 digs, eight kills and four blocks. Monica Hall had 12 digs and three aces. Jennifer Arnold and Myrna Cadenas added 17 and 16 digs, respectively. Jenna Staggs finished with 22 assists. Jessica Hunter tallied 13 kills.

Ivanna Hernandez led the Vikings with 11 kills. Jillian Shamoon, Megan Lubinsky, Emily Meyers and Molly Suarez had 26 assists, 15 digs, eight aces and five blocks, respectively.

“It's really frustrating we can't win a match because we try so hard,” Staggs said. “We have improved a lot since the beginning of the season.”

Johansen overcame a 10-1 deficit and won the first game 25-20. The Vikings accounted for 24 of the final 34 points.

Ceres blew a 24-20 lead and lost the second game 29-27.

“We just needed one more point and we couldn't do it,” Staggs said.

“I don't know what happened.”

The Bulldogs won the third game 25-22. There were nine ties and nine lead changes.

The Vikings led from start to finish in the fourth and decisive game, which they won 25-20. Johansen earned 12 of the first 18 points. - By DALE BUTLER /Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier