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EU lands 20th  win in finale

Madison Hoffman tips it for East Union as Sierra’s Kristen Maestretti tries to time the block.


POSTED November 4, 2013 11:45 p.m.

East Union went on long runs in the games it won Monday night and put up 14 aces as the Lancers prevailed 3-1 over host Sierra 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14 in Valley Oak League action on Monday night.

It was the season finale for both teams.

“Three to four aces a game is pretty good, and that is what we had tonight,” East Union coach Rich Posz said. “We have been working hard on the serve, trying to get it out of the center and make it harder to return.

“This was our first 20-win season since 1995. It was a pretty significant accomplishment.”

The Lancers (7-7 VOL, 20-11-2 overall) broke open the first set with an 11-2 run, trailing 10-8 and then jumping ahead 19-12. A big reason the Timberwolves had that early lead was a phenomenal service sequence by Claudia Hunter, who drilled four aces in her five-point run.

“She has served well all year,” Sierra coach Trinity Johnson said of Hunter. “She came through for us.”

The Timberwolves did not go away quietly, overcoming a 5-1 run in the middle of the second set by East Union to tie the game at 18, 19, 20 and 21 before closing the set on a 5-0 run highlighted by a Fabiola Lopez kill and a block by Kristen Maestretti.

Hunter finished with five kills, two blocks and four aces. Lopez made eight digs, eight assists and two blocks and Maestretti five kills and two blocks.

East Union went on runs of 8-2 and 8-3 in the third set, never trailing in the 25-16 win. In the final game, the Lancers started out 6-0 and added a 9-2 spurt on the way to their most convincing win at 25-14.

Regina Dias led the Lancers attack with 28 digs, 14 service points, seven kills and four aces.

“We were pumped up,” Dias said. “Overall, we all did our jobs.”

Courtney Posz added 16 assists, nine service points and an ace for East Union with Loretta Kakala getting seven kills and four blocks and Monica King seven kills.


Weston Ranch 3,
 Lathrop 1

The visiting Cougars bounced back from a 24-20 loss to win the next three sets 26-24, 25-8, 25-16

Loreal Taylor had five kills and four blocks for the Spartans. Stephanie Maduli added four kills and two aces, Alycia Rodriguez four aces, Luisa Serrato three aces and Jackie Manzo two kills.


Ripon Christian 3,
Waterford 0

The Knights finished the Southern League campaign undefeated at 13-0 and were 15-4 overall.

Amanda Evans had 17 digs and three aces for Ripon Christian with 15 assists for Elisabeth Regusci and 12 kills for Andie Shelton.


East Union 2, Sierra 0

The Lancers (12-2 VOL, 23-2) won 25-15, 25-21 and according to coach Mike Morenzone the win gave East Union its first sophomore championship since the mid 1990s.

Deja Guzman had nine service points, 27 digs and three aces for the Lancers. Taylor Ward added 17 digs, eight points and three aces, Amy Gann five kills and Haley England and Edmi Lopez four kills each.

“It was a good finish to a great season,” Morenzone said.

Megan Westfall had seven assists and two kills for Sierra. Julie DeAnda and Brianna Dadua each added eight digs.

Weston Ranch2, Lathrop 0

In sophomore action Weston Ranch (8-6, 13-6) won 25-22, 25-10. Iris Murphy had six digs for the Cougars, Tralynn Simerley three aces and Janis Sanchez a block.


East Union 2, Sierra 0

East Union won 25-15, 25-23. Louisa Hunter had 11 digs for the Timberwolves, Jaleyna Tremor eight service points and six aces and Vanessa Benham three kills and a block.

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