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East Union torched by Flames

Monica King, EU’s senior outside hitter, goes down for a dig during a 3-0 loss against Lodi on Wednesday evening.

JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS/The Bulletin


POSTED September 5, 2013 12:47 a.m.

East Union senior Jami Arceo went on a mean streak from the service line during the opening set of Wednesday’s preseason matchup with visiting Lodi.

The Lancers’ libero totaled four aces during a 6-0 run that cut her team’s deficit to eight after trailing by double digits.

Arceo’s effort wasn’t enough, however.

Kelsey Cooley of Lodi ended the first game with one of her five total kills and helped her squad cruise to a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-14, 25-15) at Dalben Center.

“They were pretty aggressive and pretty fast,” EU head coach Rich Posz said. “We had a lot of free balls and our passing wasn’t good. I think we were just kind of shocked at how (Lodi) attacked us.

“This is probably the best (team) we’ve seen this year. This is what we’re getting prepared for against Oakdale and Sonora. This was a good warm-up.”

This was Lodi’s first official match of the year, while East Union dropped to 6-1-2 in the preseason.

“(East Union) is really scrappy and they have really good hand-eye coordination,” Lodi head coach Krista Brereton said. “They picked up a lot of balls at the net and chased balls down.”

EU dropped the opening set and trailed by as many as 14. Monica King tallied one of her five kills that ignited her squad’s desperation run in the first set. Lodi’s Cooley (five kills, four aces and two digs) was instrumental in the second and third sets as well.

In Game 2, Lodi led by as many as 13 and were never threatened.

Leslie Cuevas registered a kill for EU that cut the Lancers’ deficit to five, but the Flames ended the game on a 12-6 run to go up 2-0.

In the third game, Lodi led by at least double digits most of the way. Cuevas also had a kill in that last frame, while Victoria Vezaldenos recorded two blocks in front of the net.

“This is a highly competitive team,” coach Posz said. “Obviously, we haven’t seen a team like that this preseason. Our passing wasn’t as good as it should have been, and it’s something we’ll work at.

“It’s early in the season, and we have to go back and continue working. We don’t have a lot of gym time, unfortunately. We have a game (today) against Downey, so hopefully we’ll be able to bounce back and go over there and have a good game.”

Lodi setter Kirsten Kielhold finished with 21 assists, three aces, two kills and nine digs.

Courtney Posz led the Lancers and tied for a game-high with 21 assists.

Gina Dias finished with 10 digs and three kills for EU, which will play against Downey in Modesto today at 6 p.m.



Sophomore

East Union 2, Lodi 0

East Union knocked off Lodi in two straight, 25-20, 25-15, and improved to 5-0 in the preseason.

Mariah Jeffrey led her squad with four kills and four blocks. Deja Guzman had 10 service points. Aiko Jones and Alissa Burrola played solid defensively, according to head coach Mike Morenzone.

EU trailed 10-6 in the first game before going on a run to take full command.

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