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Cougars put up fight on senior night

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POSTED October 31, 2013 1:52 a.m.

Their best wasn’t good enough, but Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer was plenty pleased with his Cougars’ performance on senior night Wednesday.

They gave Valley Oak League powerhouse Oakdale all it could handle in two games, and its superior skill and firepower ultimately prevailed, 25-12, 25-19, 25-20.

Weston Ranch (5-8 VOL, 9-9 overall) had chances to extend the match and avoid the sweep in the second and third games, leading for the better part of both sets. Oakdale (12-1, 24-5) for most of Game 2 before tying it at 19-all and running the table from there. The Mustangs used another late burst to gallop away with the win-clinching third game, climbing back from an early deficit before knotting it at 16.

“It was a great effort, the kids played really well,” Bauer said. “We gave Oakdale everything we had and just came up a little bit short. But you just tip your hat, Oakdale is a great team and they did what they had to do to win it.”

Seniors Melanie Amen (5 kills) and Alex Marapao (14 assists) were part of the Cougars’ game effort. Standout junior Victoria Gulley held her own against Oakdale’s front row, finishing with nine kills and five solo blocks for points. Donna Marapao turned in 11 digs, and Elisabeth Alexander served a pair of aces.

Weston Ranch heads to Lathrop next Monday for the season finale.

Lathrop 3, Manteca 0

The Spartans (2-11 VOL) swept host Manteca, 25-12, 25-17, 25-16.

Loreal Taylor led Lathrop with five kills, two aces and seven blocks. Stephanie Maduli (3 kills, 3 aces), Luisa Serrato (2 kills, 3 aces) and Desiree Mendola (5 aces) also contributed to the win. Jamie Ready anchored the offense with 13 assists.

Sonora 3, East Union 0

East Union (6-7, 19-11-2 overall) are still in position to reach two milestones despite Wednesday’s 16-25, 10-25, 9-25 defeat at Sonora. The Lancers will look to finish with an even .500 league record while tallying their 20th overall victory when they visit Sierra on Monday.

Freshman Loretta Kakala spearheaded East Union with five kills against the Wildcats (13-0, 23-6). Monica King (8 digs), Courtney Posz (5 assists) and Leslie Cuevas (3 kills) were also among EU’s leaders.


Ripon 3, Orestimba 1

The Indians (8-3 TVL) dropped a set but were otherwise dominant in their four-game victory, 25-12, 25-5, 21-25, 25-15.

Danny Arteaga and Emily O’Brien each racked up 14 digs to lead a solid defensive effort for Ripon. Kylie Stevens hammered 10 kills, while Jourdan Richter dished out 19 assists and scored nine aces. Karisa Carlson added three blocks.


Oakdale 2, Weston Ranch 0

The Cougars (7-6 VOL, 12-7 overall) were  headed by Lily Aguilar’s eight service aces, Sabrina Rangel’s eight assists and Janis Sanchez’s three blocks. Elysia Hernandez and Verneisha Vaughn chipped in nine digs apiece.

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