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Cougars fight off East Union surge to sweep Lancers

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POSTED April 20, 2017 12:14 a.m.



East Union battled tough in the first and third sets Wednesday but it was not enough as visiting Weston Ranch swept the Lancers 25-23, 25-13, 27-25 in Valley Oak League volleyball action at Dalben Center.
“It was frustrating at times,” Cougars coach Debi Chavez said. “The second game was more of how we are supposed to play. We were focusing on getting an immediate side out, which we did not do in the first and third games and that led to them being more competitive.
“When I yell at them and force them to then they will, otherwise they can be lackadaisical and have fun with it. We were working on swinging this time – no matter what – I wanted them swinging away and hitting the ball hard, even if they hit it into the net or hit it out. I wanted them swinging hard, getting prepared for Kimball and the playoffs.”
East Union (1-4 VOL, 3-14 overall) was trailing 24-19 in the first set when a kill by Matthew Pilkoy (eight assists, six kills) and Fernando Rodriguez (six kills) helped bring East Union within 24-23, but no closer.
In the third set the Lancers trailed 24-18 when Jack Weaver (two kills, three assists) and Emanuel Knight got two kills each and Pilkoy one to give East Union set point at 25-24, but kills by Jariel Falcon and Arvin Malaca (four kills) helped the Cougars (4-2, 11-5) come back to close out the match.
“We battled in the third game but we battled too late,” Lancers coach Ozment said. “It’s very frustrating.
“I see what we are capable of but we are just not meeting the expectations.”
 Falcon had 34 assists and four kills.
“I put a lot of trust in some of my hitters,” Falcon said. “Especially when not every set is perfect, I need to be sure they can adjust to it.”
Ryan Nepomuceno led the Weston Ranch attack with 10 kills and three aces.
“I think overall my performance may have been good,” Nepomuceno said. “But that is because my teammates bettered my play.”
Rence Santos had 17 digs and an ace for the Cougars
“We played well today,” Santos said. “I have to work on staying deep though.”
Kenneth Cha added seven kills and an ace for Weston Ranch.
For East Union, Nico Vargas had seven digs, Grant Silva nine blocks and four kills, Fernando Rodriguez six kills and Zach Carter three kills and five digs.

Manteca 3, Sierra 1
The Timberwolves avoided the sweep but the Buffaloes put it away in the fourth set, winning 25-14, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16 in the VOL contest.
Cameron Reis had eight kills and 15 service points for the Buffaloes (7-0, 11-2). Kylan Chandler added six kills, three aces and two blocks, Joseph Borres made 11 digs, Kyle Reis had seven kills and Oswaldo Garcia tallied 11 service points and two aces. 
Arshdeep Singh led the Timberwolves (0-6, 1-11) with 10 kills five blocks. Cyrus Hunter (six kills, three blocks), Lance Vann (17 assists, five digs) and Abiel Tesfandrias (seven kills) rounded out the Sierra attack.
“We had a good night at the net,” Timberwolves coach Michelle Springmeyer said. “But our serve-receive errors really hurt us in the end.

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