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Lancers move to 3-0 in VOL with win over first-year Kimball

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POSTED September 24, 2010 2:59 a.m.
East Union High remains in step with the Valley Oak League’s top two teams, Oakdale and Sonora, following a four-game victory (25-18, 25-17, 24-26, 25-12) over first-year varsity Kimball of Tracy Thursday at Dalben Center.

The Lancers improved to 3-0 in conference play, and 8-2 overall.

Morgan Hulsebusch had a big night, churning out 10 kills to lead the attack. She also had three digs.

“Morgan had a terrific night at hitting,” EU coach Eryn Bowers said. “We have to continue to work as a team and communicate on the court.”

Middle blocker Brittany LaMar was productive all around, posting eight kills, three aces, two digs and a block. Taylor Maruca added 15 assists and three aces, and Carmen Haro chipped in with 10 digs and two aces.

East Union’s schedule for the remainder of the first half of league gets stiffer, starting with Weston Ranch on the road next Tuesday.

Oakdale 3, Manteca 0
The host Buffaloes (0-3, 1-7) have yet to snap out of their recent funk, but they did show some improvement against first-place Oakdale in their 11-25, 10-25, 14-25 defeat.

“Coming off two matches we thought we were going to be more competitive in (three-game losses to East Union and Weston Ranch), we knew what was coming in today’s match,” Manteca coach Tim Horning said. “We just worked on passing and working together, and I actually think we made a big step in the right direction despite losing.”

Myklyn Balmut and Jimi Guibor each had three kills. Lacey Silva and Abigail Rosas led the back row with six and five digs, respectively. Jessica Reeder dished out eight assists, while Tara Dadasovich tallied three aces.

Sonora 3, W. Ranch 0
At Sonora, Weston Ranch (2-1, 6-2) had its six-match win streak ended by the VOL’s defending champion. Sonora coasted, 25-10, 25-11, 25-23.

Standing out for the Cougars were: Julia Olaya (four kills), Robyn Sison (five assists) and Sidney Carter (seven blocks).
Sonora also won both lower-level matches in two games.

Southern League
Ripon Christian 3, Denair 0
The Knights swept 25-13, 25-14, 25-9 for their third straight SL victory.

Michelle Terpstra turned in a match-high 16 aces to pace RC. Freshman Andie Shelton led the Knights with seven kills, while Brittany Petlansky chipped in with 11 digs. Emily Leahy controlled the net with three blocks.
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