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East Union’s Dias named to VOL first team

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East Union’s  Dias named to  VOL first team

Regina Dias pounds the ball over the net for East Union during a crosstown match at Manteca.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED November 27, 2013 11:50 p.m.

Regina Dias’ comeback to the volleyball court was a successful one.

After missing her entire junior season with a knee injury, East Union’s senior outside hitter was voted onto the All-Valley Oak League first team and is the lone player in the area to earn the distinction.

Dias suffered ligament tears on a knee in East Union’s final regular-season soccer match in the spring of 2012. She was sidelined for both sports last year.

It is the second time Dias was named to the all-league first team. She achieved the honor as a sophomore setter.

East Union (7-7 VOL, 20-11-2 overall) was the top Manteca Unified club in the VOL. Earning a spot on the second team was Lancer setter Courtney Posz.

Weston Ranch (6-8, 10-12) challenged East Union and Kimball (10-4, 19-21) for third place and the final Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth. Middle blocker Victoria Gulley enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Cougars. She and setter Alex Marapao were named to the all-VOL second team.

Manteca High juniors Beth Aschenbrenner and Alyssa Burch round out area players on the second team. Like Gulley for Weston Ranch, Burch established herself as one of the VOL’s top middles in her class.

No players from Sierra and Lathrop were picked for all-league honors.

Conference champion Sonora had all six of its starters awarded, including Most Valuable Player Shannon Friend. The Wildcats (14-0, 28-6), who move into the Mother Lode League next season, captured the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title last week. They are seeded second in the CIF Northern California Regional Championships and compete in the semifinals this Saturday.

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