Friday, August 1, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Devil seniors memorable in tough volleyball loss

Longtime DHS teammates Dan Bonetti and Sam Manderfield wait for the ball during the Blue Devils' Senior Day match at The Cage on Tuesday. Davis honored Bonetti, Manderfield and Don-Wook Shin before the match but fell to Monterey Trail in five games. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By
From page B1 | May 01, 2013 |

There was no sculptor chipping away at statues depicting the seniors among the Davis High boys volleyball team; they immortalized themselves with their performances against Monterey Trail on Tuesday night at The Cage.

That is to say 12th-graders Dan Bonetti, Sam Manderfield and Don-Wook Shin battled with an intensity to be remembered, even as the Blue Devils narrowly lost to the Mustangs in five games, 15-25, 14-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-11.

It was the last time the veteran trio will play at home, so Tuesday was Senior Day. DHS head coach Julie Crawford honored each senior prior to the contest in a gym nearly filled to the brim.

Each of the seniors were met with cheers as they were identified by name, position, and college aspirations. Shin, who had never played the sport before 2013, was first complimented for his knack as a Devil setter.

Next were Manderfield and Bonetti, both outside hitters and the only players on the DHS squad with former volleyball experience. Because of that latter point, she said, the duo have made for indispensable leaders.

“They really stepped up this season, and tried to guide, encourage and support the younger players,” Crawford said. “We still do the coaching, but they’ve been consistent in showing others the way.

“They’ve had three awesome seasons, and I’m really proud of them. They’ve contributed so much. We’ll definitely have some big shoes to fill.”

Senior Day also is a sign that the Devils’ campaign is nearing its end. After Tuesday’s loss, the local boys have a record of 5-4 in the Delta Valley Conference and 9-9 overall, with just the season finale (Thursday at Elk Grove) remaining.

Possibly the best testament to the aforementioned seniors’ worth was seen early in Tuesday’s match. They worked in unison — with Bonetti often taking the first hit, before Shin set up a Manderfield kill — to give Davis the first-set win.

As the match continued, Manderfield and Bonetti eventually paired for a combined 18 kills, nine each. And the next generation of Blue Devil standouts, such as freshman Nick Simons, bolstered the team-wide count as DHS won the first two games of the match.

But things quieted in later portions of the showdown. A frustration crept onto the once-smiling faces of the local boys as they sailed the ball out of bounds or into the net — over and over again.

When Davis made two and three serving errors in the third and fourth games, respectively, the Mustangs had fully captured the momentum.

Even after Monterey Trail finished off the Devils, Crawford was able to find positives.

“Obviously, it would have been nice to give the seniors a win,” she said. “There were just a few key swings of momentum, and missed serves. All in all, the boys played great — it was one of the most competitive matches all season.

“I did think with the way things were going that we’d take it, but they’re a good team. They’re not just going to roll over and die. We battled, and gave them the best match we could.”

And though the seniors would’ve preferred a win, higher on their list of goals is capping off their high school careers with a second straight postseason appearance. Davis can make the playoffs by winning Thursday.

“We just can’t let up at all,” Crawford said. “We let (the Mustangs) get on too many serving runs in the fourth and fifth games (Tuesday), and they definitely capitalized. We can’t let teams do that.”

— Reach Brett Johnson at bjohnson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    What’s the buzz?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

     
    Davis Reads book project focuses on veterans

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

    Carbahal and Company celebrates 30 years

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

     
    UCD chancellor is coming up for 5-year review

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    A week of groundwater news in the Year of Groundwater

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Candidate goes homeless to showcase economic gap

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Increase in health plan costs is slowing

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Kashkari’s campaign coffers depleted

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Bee beard photo wins award

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Businesses can learn about PR strategies

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Enjoy films, beer at benefit Friday night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Target hosts National Night Out celebration

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Parents can learn all about IEPs

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    10 essential herbs are focus of Davisite’s talk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Backpacks for Kids launches annual donation drive

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Seniors share homes for savings, companionship

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    City of Davis recruits for its advisory commissions

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Farmers Market shoppers can pick up free reusable produce bags

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    .

    Forum

    It’s not what they thought

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Political cartoon was offensive

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

    Let’s gas up for TAPS

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    Railroads, listen up and respond

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A8

     
    Treat children as refugees

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    Protect and expand Medicare

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

    It’s insurance against extremes

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Sports

    Swimley recalls a budding star in Giants’ Susac

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Nick Watney leads Barracuda Championship

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Stuart named to outstanding placekicker watch list

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Going, going, gone: A’s trade Cespedes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Safety Bethea finding a groove with new 49ers team

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    UCD women’s golf tees up tough schedule

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Droll sci-fi hijinks

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Barnyard Theatre adds ‘Pinky’ performance after sold-out opening night.

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    WOH to hold auditions for ‘Zuccotti Park’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    ‘Tunes on Tuesdays’ come to Freeman Park

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    Grand Cherokee: A grand, and long, ride

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Don Fife

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Nancy Jane Fife

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Clara Meyerhoff

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Patricia Eileen Hershberger

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    John Vernon McLane Wayland

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, August 1, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: A6