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Sierra gets payback vs. scrappy Hawks

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Sierra gets payback vs. scrappy Hawks

Sierra setter Modesty Rodriguez passes it off as Central Valley's Alyssa Meschach tracks the play.


POSTED October 27, 2009 3:45 a.m.

Revenge was going to come easy.

It looked that way, anyway, especially after Sierra mounted a commanding two-game lead with a pair of 25-7 victories Monday against visiting Central Valley.

But shades of their Sept. 28 meeting in Ceres began to take shape, as Sierra had to grind it out in four game. The Timberwolves (8-5 Valley Oak League, 13-6 overall) dropped Game 3, 20-25, before righting the ship in the fourth, 25-15.

“I don’t know what it is. We kind of played Sierra High volleyball the first two games, but they didn’t challenge us either,” Sierra coach Tevani Liotard said. “Once we got ahead, it was like, ‘What are we doing?’ We had that contagious disease where nobody moved their feet and communicated. It was frustrating to watch.”

Central Valley (6-7, 10-13) stunned the VOL’s third-place team on Sept. 28 by taking three straight hotly contested games after losing the first, 9-25.

Sierra needed to get even Monday to get a better grip on a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff spot. The Timberwolves are 15th on the midseason playoff power ratings, while Central Valley is 17th. The top 16 teams advance.

Sierra was in full control in the first two games and was aided by countless unforced errors on the Hawks’ end. But Central Valley opened the third by taking its largest lead of the match at 8-1 on Alyssa Meschach’s kill.

“We talked about revenge. We lost to them in four, so we wanted to beat them in three,” Liotard said. “But in that third game we thought that we can continue playing at that tempo. They’re a good team with that heart and drive, and we need to match that.”

Sierra got its groove back in the clinching fourth game behind middle blockers Jaslynn Liotard and Alysia Atkins, who shared match-high honors with 11 kills. Liotard also had six blocks, 10 digs and 17 service points. Atkins added three blocks, nine digs and 13 points.

Chelsea Bereta contributed four kills and 15 digs, and Modesto Rodriguez finished with 26 assists.

Alyssa Long sparked Central Valley’s comeback attempt in the third game and ended up with eight kills and six blocks to lead her team.

Sierra can secure a postseason berth by winning out against Manteca Unified rivals, starting with Lathrop on the road Wednesday.

Sonora 3, East Union 0
In Sonora, the Lancers (8-5) showed improvement as the match wore on against the VOL’s top squad. They were swept 11-25, 13-25, 25-27.

Amber Abidi led the charge with two kills, Brittany LaMar recorded four blocks and Taylor Maruca dished out six assists.

“The girls came out ready to go, but Sonora is just a great team and has several go-to girls who can put the ball down and away,” East Union coach Eryn Bowers said.

Oakdale 3, Manteca 0
At Winter Gym, the Buffaloes (5-8, 17-20) find themselves in a tough spot to make the playoffs following their three-game loss (18-25, 12-25, 20-25).

Serina Gonzales led the attack with six kills, Davina Bennett had 15 assists and Abigail Rosas led the back row with 10 digs.

Ceres 3, Weston Ranch 0
In Ceres, Weston Ranch (1-13, 1-18) had trouble keeping up with playoff contending Ceres (7-6, 18-10) in a three-game loss (8-25, 9-25, 16-25).

DeArbia Gardner fired in three kills to pace the Cougars, Andrea Vega picked up six digs and Laura Ramos recorded four aces. Sidney Carter and Laura Ramos contributed two blocks apiece, and Anais Castillo finished with three assists.

Jamie Beck hammered out 10 kills to lead Ceres.

Lower Levels

Oakdale 2, Manteca 0
Jimi Guibor, Mia Ramirez and Myklyn Balmut churned out four kills apiece for the Buffaloes (8-5), who dropped two tightly-contested games, 24-26, 23-25.

Setter Jessica Reeder handed out 15 assists, Breanne Hatfield chipped in five digs and Erin Kennedy had 12 service points and four aces.

Sierra 2, Central Valley 1
The host Timberwolves (5-8) hung tough in their three-game victory (25-22, 23-25, 15-10).

“Everybody played well as a team,” Sierra coach Trinity Johnson said.

Sonora 2, East Union 0
East Union dropped consecutive games by 12-25 and 15-25 margins. Kristen Piasecki led the Lancers in aces, digs and assists.

Sierra 2, Central Valley 0

Ayana Hughes recorded five aces, and Gabby Olmo aided the winning cause (25-12, 25-19) for 9-5 Sierra with four aces and a kill. Emma Hunter added two kills.

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

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