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East Union sweeps Tracy to notch first win of the season

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POSTED September 8, 2010 2:32 a.m.
East Union High’s volleyball team appears to be on the right track after winning its first match of the season with a three-game shutout (25-13, 25-17, 25-12) of host Tracy Wednesday.

“Tonight, my team showed up,” East Union coach Eryn Bowers said. “They had perfect passing which led to perfect sets, and hitters were able to put the ball away.

“This was an overall great game of volleyball; hustle was everywhere and many great things were happening.”

Senior middle blocker Brittany LaMar was the beneficiary of EU’s on-point passing game, as she swatted down seven kills to go with eight blocks.

Setters Taylor Maruca and Carmen Haro finished with 12 and 10 assists, respectively. Lexy Posz added four aces and three digs.

The Lancers, now 1-2, head to Modesto twice this week to play out the remainder of their pre-league schedule. First they head to Johansen tonight at 6 p.m.

Weston Ranch 3, Franklin 2
At Weston Ranch, the Cougars picked up their second straight win with another five-game thriller, dispatching Franklin of Stockton 25-22, 25-20, 14-25, 25-27, 16-14.

Middle blocker Natalie Wood led the way with seven kills and four blocks, while Sidney Carter added six and two. Desiree Fonoti recorded seven aces, Robyn Sison handed out nine assists and libero Andrea Vega ended up with eight digs.

Weston Ranch’s sophomore (25-16, 25-15) and freshman (25-14, 25-13) teams also won.

Lincoln 3, Manteca 0
The Buffaloes already had an idea what Stockton-based powerhouse Lincoln had having played the Trojans in the West High Tournament in Tracy Saturday.

While Manteca fared better this time around, the result was the same — a 16, 25, 12-25, 10-25 loss. Lincoln won their first meeting 25-15, 25-6 in the semifinals of the West Tournament.

“It wasn’t planned for us to run into them in our last match of Saturday’s tournament and our first match of this week,” Manteca coach Tim Horning said. “But we did much better today than we did Saturday.”

Jimi Guibor, Dallas Mould (two blocks) and Myklyn Balmut (ace) each had three kills for Manteca. Tara Dadasovich contributed nine assists, and Abigail Rosas recorded four digs.
The Buffaloes next play host to Stagg Thursday.

Rocklin 3, Ripon Christian 0
The Knights made the trip up to Rocklin to square off with one of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s top large-school teams, but the stay didn’t last long.

Rocklin advanced its impressive non-league record to 9-0 with a 25-14, 25-17, 26-24 victory. With no practice over Labor Day weekend, including Monday, RC coach Tiger Shelton said the rust was evident.

“We played them earlier this season in a scrimmage and played them tough, but it’s a different world going up to their place to play them,” he said. “They have a cool little volleyball gym that they pack and it gets crazy.

“They’re strong, but I think we can play them a lot better than we did tonight.”

Michelle Terpstra finished with seven kills and 10 assists for the Knights (2-2), and freshman Andie Shelton pitched in with seven kills and 10 assists. Brittany Petlansky paced the back-row play with 10 digs, while Morgna Alger and sophomore Cassidy DeRousse contributed three blocks apiece.

Ripon Christian heads to 2009 SJS Division-III playoff runner-up St. Mary’s tonight before trekking south for the two-day San Luis Obispo Tournament starting Friday.

“It doesn’t get any easier,” coach Shelton said.

Sophomore
Ripon 2, Sonora 1
At Ripon, the Indians (2-0) climbed back from dropping Game 1 25-21 and prevailed 25-21, 15-6.

Paige Doodger got Ripon rolling in the second game, giving her team an early 13-2 advantage behind 10 straight service points.

Aimee Rose served in 14 points to go with eight aces and nine assists. Chelsea Ioppini led the attack with five kills and also played well in the back row.
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