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Weston Ranch staves off fourth straight loss with come-from-behind victory

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POSTED September 11, 2012 1:19 a.m.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday’s volleyball results did not run in Friday or Saturday’s editions of the Bulletin due to space constraints. This is the roundup in its entirety.

Weston Ranch snapped its three-match losing streak with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over visiting Stagg on Thursday.

The Cougars dropped the first two games with mirroring 21-25 scores before rallying the rest of the way for 25-15, 25-18, 15-10 victories.

The triumph came just in time for the Cougars (1-3), who next face Kimball on Wednesday to begin Valley Oak League play.

“We struggled the first two games but found our mojo and were able to put it together,” said Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer. “We’re starting to jell and play more aggressively on the net and with our serves. It’s a good feeling rolling into league.”

Setter Aolani Etu had a busy night collecting five aces and 32 assists, the majority of which went to Candisse Griffin (13 kills) and Vanessa Contreras (11 kills). Alex Marapao led the back row with 37 digs.

East Union 3, Franklin 0

At Dalben Center, the Lancers (2-3) put together their best effort of the young season with an easy three-set win (25-16, 25-15, 25-22).

Monica King spearheaded a balanced attack with eight kills, while Madison Hoffman and Alexis Steele each had five. Courtney Posz turned in 19 assists, and Dani Herrera netted five aces. Kelly Crawford served up two consecutive aces to give East Union match point.

“The game was much easier for us tonight,” EU coach Rich Posz said. “It was a 100 percent turnaround from (Wednesday’s three-game loss at Pitman). The girls were much more relaxed.”

Manteca 3, Grace Davis 0

Abby Behler produced eight kills, four blocks and four aces as the host Buffaloes (2-3) put forth a commanding effort. Game scores were 25-10, 25-20, 25-21.

McKenna Balmut dominated from the service line, coming up with 16 points and four aces. Setter Ashley Gase also had four aces to go with 17 assists, and Nicole Magnusson finished with five digs.


East Union 2, Franklin 0

The 4-1 Lancers fought off a determined Franklin squad, winning in two (25-22, 25-19).

Edmi Lopez helped the Lancers pull it out with five aces and three kills. Destiny Flores played a prominent role, collecting five consecutive aces to rally East Union when it trailed 7-14 in the first game.


East Union 2, Franklin 0

East Union (4-1) earned an easy victory (25-10, 25-4) and was led by Taylor Ward’s seven aces and Mandy Roberts’ two digs. Melissa King also recorded five aces.

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