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Spartans stop Timberwolves in four

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POSTED October 20, 2010 2:42 a.m.
The Lathrop Spartans were able to respond after dropping the first game, bouncing back to take the next three in a 3-1 Valley Oak League win over the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.

Sierra took charge after winning the first game, but its second game loss would spell the end for the Timberwolves. Sierra fell 21-25, 25-23, 25-18 and 25-16 in the VOL loss.

Alysia Atkins’ 10 kills, followed by Chelsea Bereta’s six, led Sierra. Michelle Arroyo pulled out 19 digs in the loss, while teammate Gabby Olmo handed out six assists.

Lathrop was led by Janel Butler’s 26 assists and five digs, while teammate Cecelia Lopez added 20 digs, eight kills and 13 service points. Britney Rallios chipped in with a game-high 34 digs.

“Tonight, Lathrop really stepped it up,’ Spartan head coach Nicole Unrein said. “We played consistently and we were aggressive at the net the entire match.

“We stayed positive and strong in order to finish the match playing at a level that I am very proud of.”

The Spartans (2-8 VOL, 6-9 overall) turned the corner after a sweep from East Union, setting themselves up to make a solid push to close the league season. Lathrop will look to finish strong with a home game against Sonora Thursday, followed by a trip to Tracy to take on Kimball the following Tuesday.

Sierra (2-7, 3-9) will try and get things figured out when they make the short trip to Manteca High to take on the Buffaloes.

Oakdale 3, Manteca 0
The Buffaloes were not able to get going in the first two games, dropping their VOL match with Oakdale 3-0 Tuesday.

Oakdale was effective early and often, cruising to a 25-9, 25-13 and 25-18 win over Manteca.

Manteca (3-7, 4-11) got solid play from Dallas Mould who led the club with five kills and from Abigail Rosas who pulled out a team-high eight digs. Jimi Guibor served four aces to lead Manteca, while Tara Dadasovich and Jessica Reeder both handed out six assists, with Reeder’s coming all in the final game.

Manteca will try and add its fourth league win when they host the Sierra Timberwolves Thursday in VOL action.

East Union 3, Kimball 1
The Lancers had little trouble stopping the Kimball Jaguars, shaking off a game three loss to stop Kimball in four, with a 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18 VOL win Tuesday.

Morgan Hulsebusch provided three aces and five kills for the Lancers, while Carmen Haro and Taylor Maruca had eight digs and 12 assists, respectively.

East Union (7-3, 10-5) will try an atone for a three-game sweep the Weston Ranch Cougars gave them earlier this VOL season when the two clubs meet up Thursday.

East Union 2, Kimball 0
It was all East Union in a 25-19, 25-23 win over Kimball High Tuesday.

Kianna Lamont led the Lancers with 11 digs and twin sister Kayla Lamont paced the club with 13 assists. Alexis Steele (seven kills) and Regina Dias (four aces) made significant contributions as well.
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