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Manteca wins third in four matches

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Manteca High middle blocker Myklyn Balmut fires a shot over Weston Ranch's Natalie Wood during Thursday's match at Winter Gym.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED October 15, 2010 2:33 a.m.

The Manteca High varsity volleyball squad continued to show signs of improvement in Valley Oak League play.

On Thursday, the Buffaloes avenged an earlier loss to Weston Ranch, defeating the Cougars at Winter Gymnasium in four games, 25-23, 25-15, 13-25, 25-21.

“I’m happy to have gotten a victory against a team that we lost to the first time around,” Manteca coach Tim Horning said. “I’m hoping we can pick up a couple of more (wins).”

In the 3-1 decision, the Buffaloes received plenty of support.

Myklyn Balmut registered nine kills along with two blocks and Jimi Guibor and Dallas Mould chipped in with six kills each.

Tara Dadasovich tallied 19 assists and six service aces while Abigail Rosas came up with 17 digs.

Weston Ranch (5-4, 9-5 overall) was led by senior setter Robyn Sison, who had 14 assists and two kills.

Sidney Carter tallied four kills and five blocks while De Arbia Gardner registered seven kills.

Manteca (3-6, 4-10) was coming off a tough loss to East Union.

“It was a win (over Weston Ranch), but it was sloppy throughout the match,” Horning said. “We had too many errors and weren’t putting the ball away like we did against East Union.

“There wasn’t the intensity, and we walked through this match instead of sprinting through it.”

East Union 3, Lathrop 0

The Lancers needed three games (27-25, 25-16, 26-24) to fend off Lathrop at the Dalben Center.

Leading the way for the Lancers were Starla Beltran (three aces), Brittany LaMar (seven digs, four kills), and Taylor Maruca (two aces, 11 assists).

“All the girls were able to play and get the win,” said East Union coach Eryn Bowers. “It was nice seeing them play in different places.”

Britney Rallios (22 digs), Cecelia Lopez (10 digs, three kills, three aces), and Janel Butler (six tips, 13 assists, eight aces) paced the Spartans. Renee Warner finished with four digs.

Oakdale 3, Sierra 1

After winning the first game, the Timberwolves (3-6, 8-6) lost the VOL battle to visiting Oakdale by dropping three straight — 25-23, 24-26, 11-25, 21-25.

The Timberwolves were paced by Alysia Atkins’ 11 kills and three blocks, Sarah Konecny’s 20 digs, and Angelica Viera’s 15 assists.

Chelsea Bereta had three service aces.

Manteca 2, W. Ranch 0

The Buffaloes swept in two games over the visiting Cougars, 25-23, 25-17.

Manteca (4-5, 5-8) was paced by Julia Martinez’s eight kills and three blocks, Jasmine Odell’s four kills, and Samantha Morris’ 15 assists.

In addition, Jamie De Rosa had four digs, Ashley Gase tallied 10 service points and four aces, and Jessica Munoz delivered six service points with four aces.

East Union 3, Lathrop 0

The Lancers went three games against the Spartans, winning 25-18, 13-25, 15-13.

Alexis Steele (six aces, eight kills), Kianna Lamont (six digs) and Kayla Lamont (10 digs) were among the standouts for East Union.

Oakdale 2, Sierra 0

The Timberwolves dropped a tough match to Oakdale.

The Mustangs swept the VOL match, 25-17, 25-11.

Sierra (4-5, 8-5) was led by Lexus Barnes, who had three kills, three digs and a block.

“She stepped up to the middle front for the first time tonight,” said coach Sarah Bloom, who also recognized Ashley Honeycutt (three digs) and Sabrina LaBass (three assists).=

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