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East Union holds off Weston Ranch

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POSTED September 15, 2012 1:36 a.m.

East Union’s volleyball team took the better-late-than-never approach in its Valley Oak League match with Weston Ranch Friday.

After dropping the first game, the Lancers nearly blew sizable leads in the second and third but held on to win it in four. Game scores were: 19-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-12.

They were able to finish off the visiting Cougars (0-2, 1-5 overall) with dominant serving. They amassed 23 aces and were led by Madison Hoffman’s eight, Alex Scopas’ six and Dani Herrera five. Still, East Union (1-1, 4-4) could have made it a lot easier on itself.

In Game 2, the Lancers built a 20-7 cushion before giving up nine straight points. And in the third set, the Cougars managed to take a 24-23 edge despite falling behind 21-14.

“We were cruising along, but in both cases we just got into a stretch where we couldn’t get a sideout,” EU coach Rich Posz said. “That’s something we are still working on. We were in control in the fourth game, so we showed that we are capable of doing that.”

Jill Costa led the attack with seven kills, and Kayla Lamont finished with four digs.

Lathrop 3, Oakdale 0

Oakdale left Lathrop in a hurry with a commanding 25-9, 25-14, 25-13 win in the VOL opener on Wednesday.

Monica Brambila had 12 assists, Loreal Taylor seven blocks, Manraj Kaur two aces and four assists, Joeclyn Aranda five blocks and three kills for the Spartans (0-1, 1-5).

Sophomore

Weston Ranch 2, East Union 1

The Cougars took the Lancers down to the wire with their 22-25, 25-14, 15-10 comeback victory.

“It was a game of streaks and they happened to get hot in the third game,” EU coach Mike Morenzone said.

Kiara Staniford dished out eight assists for the Ranch (1-1), while Elizabeth Alexander and Victoria Gully each hammered eight kills.

Edny Lopez turned in five kills for EU (1-1) while Alejandra Rascon. Destiny Flores set 15 assists.

Freshman

East Union 2, Weston Ranch 1

Amy Gann recorded eight aces, and Mandy Roberts paced the defense with four digs as the Pages (2-0) won a back-and-forth match (25-12, 24-26, 15-11).

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