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SWEEPING SUCCESS

Franklin outgunned by Sierra in all facets

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SWEEPING SUCCESS

Sierra outside hitter Chelsea Bereta finds a gap between Franklin blockers Mercedes Hinojosa (3) and Sara Perez during the Timberwolves' final tune-up for the Valley Oak League season Thursday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED September 11, 2009 3:03 a.m.

Bumping, setting and killing sounds easy enough, but it wasn’t until Thursday’s non-league match with visiting Franklin did Sierra make it look that way.

The Timberwolves hit on all cylinders in their final tune-up before the start of the Valley Oak League season, churning out a breezy 25-12, 25-9, 25-10 sweep.

“We had a lot of pass, set, kills tonight, and we haven’t had that,” Sierra coach Tevani Liotard said. “We’d do something good for a while and then it would go away.

“But tonight everything came together. We had moments when we did five, six, seven good things in a row. Some of the things we’ve done in practice are starting to show in the match.”

While the Yellowjackets (2-7) had their share of unforced errors mount up, Sierra (4-1) was impressive during the few spirited rallies that the teams did engage in.

The best sequence of the night came midway through the first game. Both teams took turns picking up tough digs and slamming hits to the other side, but Sierra’s Chelsea Beretta capped it off with a kill to stretch her club’s lead to 14-7.

“It was nice to win all of those (rallies),” Liotard said. “Tonight, I played some people that haven’t played much and it was nice to see us win (the rallies) with them on the court. We changed some things up to find what works.”

Liotard was also impressed by the balanced production up front. Jaslynn Liotard and Alysia Atkins each had six kills, with Sierra Tailes and Bereta turning in three apiece.

“It wasn’t just one person,” coach Liotard said. “Everyone hit well and it was pretty well spread out.”

Setter Modesty Rodriguez dished out 17 assists. Jaslynn Liotard also led the team with seven blocks and six digs. Atkins contributed seven digs and three blocks and recorded 15 service points, three of them being aces.

Nicole Sylvester also impressed from the service line, where she racked up 10 points and five aces. Most of her damage was done toward the end of the second game, when she served in seven straight points with three aces coming in succession.

“That kind of took the wind out of their sail,” Liotard said. “You can hear them say ‘short,’ and she served deep. That was nice to see her adjust like that, and that’s what we need to do to teams.”

Sierra opens conference play at Weston Ranch Monday.

Manteca 3, Stagg 1

The Buffaloes evened their record at 2-2 with a 24-26, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 victory over the Delta Queens.

Cynthia Perez was sidelined in Game 1, a see-saw affair in which Manteca was sluggish from the outset. But once the middle blocker returned, it was lights out.

Perez finished with six kills, as did Chellsee Lee. Abigail Rosas provided six digs, and turned in three aces during an eight-point service streak to start Game 4.

Tara Dadasovich had six digs of her own, and four aces, as did Davina Bennett, who controlled the offensive flow with 19 assists.

“It had been two weeks since our last win,” Horning said. “It felt good to get this one. We just need to be more consistent with everything in general.”

Manteca kicks off the Golden Valley Tournament at Escalon today. Downey and Turlock are also in Manteca’s Round 1 pool.

Franklin 3, Lathrop 1
In Stockton Wednesday, the Spartans dropped a heartbreaker in the pivotal third game en route to a 17-25, 25-21, 23-25, 17-25 defeat.

“We stuck together and played very hard, but it just didn’t fall in our favor,” Lathrop coach Angela Cuellar said.

Crystal Ruiz led the way with seven kills and six blocks. Cecelia Lopez rung up six kills to go with five service aces. Janelle Butler added four kills and handed out 15 assists.

The Spartans open the VOL season Monday when it plays host to East Union.
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