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Liotard sparks Sierra to sweep of Lancers

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Liotard sparks Sierra to sweep of Lancers

Sierra's Alysia Atkins fires it past East Union's Brittany LaMar.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED October 6, 2009 3:25 a.m.

Every time the Sierra Timberwolves needed a boost, middle blocker Jaslynn Liotard gave it to them.

Liotard strung together emphatic kills to energize Sierra early in the first two games, leading a three-game sweep (25-16, 25-23, 25-15) of host East Union Monday at Dalben Center.

East Union (3-4 Valley Oak League) led 9-8 in the first game, but Liotard answered with the first of her match-high 13 kills. Liotard hammered two more kills and a tip that gave the Timberwolves (4-3, 9-5 overall) 15-11 cushion, and it was she who fittingly put Game 1 in the bag with another earth-shaking spike.

 “It set the tone,” Sierra coach Tevani Liotard said of Jaslynn’s play. “When she was on the front row she was asking for the passes. It’s nice to see her come around and really want to get it done on the front row.”

The second game resembled last week’s four-game upset defeat at Central Valley, as East Union roared to a 7-0 lead with Chantel Burton toeing the service line.

Jaslynn Liotard again breathed life into the listless Timberwolves. She had four kills and a block during one stretch to close Sierra in 11-9. Sierra took the lead for good after Nicole Sylvester served in eight straight points.

And it was Liotard once again who closed it out with yet another kill.

“They just gave up,” East Union coach Eryn Bowers said. “They did not play to their potential tonight. We have to finish those.”

Sierra Tailes added four kills and nine service points to the Timberwolves’ attack. Chelsea Bereta finished with three kills, four digs 11 service points and three aces; and setter Modesty Rodriguez chipped in 21 assists, 11 service points and an ace.

Amber Abidi and Haley Hoffandahl led East Union with three kills apiece, and Brittany LaMar recorded a pair of aces. Carmen Haro and Taylor Maruca dished out three assists each.

Central Valley 3, Weston Ranch 0
At Weston Ranch, the Cougars (1-6, 1-11) battled valiantly but fell 22-25, 17-25, 18-25.

DeArbia Gardner slapped down four kills to lead the offense, and Sidney Carter recorded five blocks. Anais Castillo finished with 12 assists, Ninna Pen three aces and Andrea Vega 10 digs.

Alyssa Long anchored the Hawks’ victory with six kills and three blocks.

To contact Jonamar Jacinto, e-mail jjacinto@mantecabulletin.com, or call (209) 249-3538.

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