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Lathrop boys’ volleyball now 3-4 in VOL

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Lathrop’s Sergio Tapia (14) and Sierra’s Diego Gracia (13) goes up for the ball on Monday in a 3-0 road win for the Spartans.

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POSTED April 18, 2017 12:03 a.m.

Lathrop’s Gabriel Gutierrez reeled off seven consecutive aces in the second set which was the only one that host Sierra did not lead once as the Spartans swept the Timberwolves 26-24, 25-18, 26-24 in Valley Oak League volleyball action.
Gutierrez finished with 22 assists, 16 service points and seven aces.
“Our coaches were motivating us from the start,” Gutierrez said. “They were telling us to get the serves in and luckily they weren’t able to handle some of them on the other side, which was a benefit for our side.”
Tyler Riggleman was on the receiving end of quite a few of Gutierrez’s assists, finishing with 20 kills and 14 digs.
“I gotta give it to my setter Gabe (Gutierrez),” Riggleman said. “He laid them up there pretty good.
“Finally we got a whole three sets. We lost a set in our last game with East Union but we came here with an attitude of three and done.”
Ysrael Gutierrez added 15 digs for Lathrop (3-4 VOL, 3-8), Denver Gacutan had 13 digs and Sergio Tapia had eight service points.
“Today our mindset was to go in, win and come out,” Spartans coach Maria Roura-Treltas said. “We had outside hitters going in-middle and working on slide-shoots and dumps, working on how they could individually help the team.
“Altogether serves were in, hits came in, coverage was good and we have the mindset now of constant teamwork and just to progress and move forward.”
Although Sierra (0-5, 1-9) battled in the first and third sets, serving match point in the first and tying the game five times in the last six points of the third set, the Timberwolves just could not get over the hump.
“We battled,” Sierra coach Michelle Springmeyer said. “We were right there.
“We had a bye week and a lot of time to spend together and work and I think that’s helped us grow. We are coming out a lot stronger with a lot fewer errors and we battle – that’s the best part about us.”
Abdiel Tesfandrias had eight kills and three aces for Sierra. Diego Gracia added 14 assists and Tarjei Hage made 12 digs.

Sophomore baseball
Manteca 6, West 0
Loagan Quan and Dylan Guice combined on the hill for the Buffaloes (15-3) to shut out the Wolf Pack in non-league action.
Quan (four strikeouts, two hits) threw the first 5.1 innings and Guice (two strikeouts) came in for the last 1.2 innings.
Christian Cruz and Nate Gutierrez were each 2 for 4 with an RBI for Manteca.

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