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WR shows improvement in sweep of East Union

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POSTED September 25, 2012 1:15 a.m.

First-year coach Chris Bauer is hoping his Weston Ranch volleyball team’s three-game win (26-24, 25-20, 25-22) over visiting East Union is a sign of things to come.

The Cougars (2-3 Valley Oak League, 3-6 overall) were able to prevail in three competitive sets on Monday by limiting mistakes and capitalizing on EU’s.

“The kids played much more consistently today than they had been,” Bauer said. “Our footwork was better, our communication was better and we’re finally starting to click and put some things together. We’re getting a little momentum going which we are going to need, because our Sierra match (on Wednesday) is going to be a big one for us.”

Melanie Amen and Candisse Griffin turned in eight kills apiece, with Aoloni Etu dishing out 17 assists. Taylor Holiday contributed two solo blocks, Rowena Oneiro served three aces and Alex Marapao collected 17 digs.

East Union (2-3, 5-6) was done in by its own serving mishaps, committing four in each of the first two games. In the first set, the Lancers missed serves with the score tied at 23-23 and later 24-all.

The bigger issue to coach Rich Posz is passing.

“Once we get our passing going we can be more competitive in league,” he said. “We’re not a very good passing team right now. We’re really shooting ourselves in the foot and not making other teams work hard for points.”

Standouts for EU were Courtney Posz (7 assists, 8 service points), Alexis Steele (6 kills) and Kayla Lamont (3 digs).


Sonora 3, Lathrop 0

In Sonora, the Spartans (1-4) hung tough with the VOL’s reigning champion in their three-set showdown. Game scores were: 12-25, 17-25, 18-25.

“The girls put up a fight and played hard to keep themselves in the game,” said Lathrop coach Diana Kimbrough. They started off each game strong and made Sonora work for their win.”

Kale’a Mitchell, Manraj Kaur and Stephanie Maduli all had 10 digs. Loreal Taylor pounded 10 kills, and Monica Brambila chipped in with 12 assits.



East Union 2,Weston Ranch 1

The Pages managed to stay undefeated (5-0) with Monday’s three-set thriller — 25-20, 21-25, 15-10.

Aiko Jones netted eight aces, Melissa King handed out five assists and Melissa Hansen contributed four digs.

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