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SIERRA STAVES OFF EU

Lancers come up short having to climb out of large deficits

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SIERRA STAVES OFF EU

Sierra’s Gabby Olmo fires one back across the net Wednesday in Sierra’s 3-1 win over East Union.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED October 4, 2012 1:11 a.m.

Building a lead came easy for Sierra High.

Keeping those leads was a different story.

Nonetheless, Sierra had more than enough fire power to knock off the visiting East Union Lancers 26-24. 25-20, 20-25, 25-22 Tuesday in Valley Oak League action.

“Giving up early leads has been a plague for us,” Sierra head coach Trinity Johnson said. “Finishing is something that we are always working on and I feel like tonight we proved that we can, except in the (third) game.”

Sierra had monstrous 9-3 and 7-1 leads in two of the contests, but could only watch as the Lancers clawed back in each situation to take the lead, nearly taking the game in Sierra’s final win. With the two teams looking evenly matched, the difference in the match proved to be East Union’s inability to get itself going.

“That’s been our tendency all year,” East Union head coach Rich Posz said. “We dig ourselves in holes and then we have to dig ourselves out of them. We get into one of these service receive stretches where we let somebody serve off five, six, or seven points.

“The majority of our games we’re trying to fight our way back into it.”

The scenario came to fruition in the final win for Sierra, as Gabby Olmo got hot in the fourth game. Olmo reeled off back-to-back aces to open the final game. By the time she was done, Sierra had a 7-1 lead and well on its way to victory.

“I think we played a great game,” Olmo said. “We worked as a team, we stayed pumped the whole game and there were no heads hanging down.

“Our key is just staying strong and staying focused all match.”

Olmo finished with four aces and a game-high 42 assists, while teammate Allison Walljasper added a pair of blocks and four kills. Valerie Nestor made her presence felt at the net with four blocks.

East Union got five aces and 33 assists from Madison Hoffman and 10 assists from Carolina Gutierrez.

Monica King led the club with seven kills.

East Union will try and get things figured out Monday against Manteca High, while Sierra will take on the Sonora Wildcats.

Sophomore

East Union 2, Sierra 1

The Lancers edged out the Sierra Timberwolves in three, winning 18-25, 25-16 and 1508 Wednesday.

Sierra was led by Morgan Willis three kills, two aces and four digs.

Freshman

East Union 2, Sierra 0

The Lancers were able to cruise past the host Timberwolves with a 25-13, 25-18 victory Wednesday.

East Union was led by Jordan Posz’ four assists, and both Melissa Hansen and Taylor Wards’ three digs.

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