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EU sweeps Sierra in volleyball

Sierra’s Jaylen Jackson (4) and Cyrus Hunter reach for the ball Wednesday in a 3-0 loss to East Union at Dalben Center.

POSTED April 5, 2018 12:59 a.m.

Sierra battled East Union at the beginning of each set Wednesday but the Lancers pulled away at the end of each game for a 25-15, 25-19, 25-11 sweep in Valley Oak League volleyball action at Dalben Center. 

“We have to learn how to finish the race,” Sierra coach Michelle Springmeyer said. “We started off stronger than we have been but we have to learn how to play the whole game.

“Unforced errors really hurt us.”

Agustin Castaneda led the attack for East Union (3-1 VOL, 4-6 overall) with eight kills and four aces. 

“I just tried to stay focused and get in the game,” Castaneda said. “Everything works well when we work as a team.”

Anthony Bird chipped in five kills and two aces for the Lancers.

“I don’t usually have a chance to get any kills,” Byrd said. “And I don’t usually serve either, so I got to do some things I normally don’t do.”

East Union’s Parmbir Khattra dished out 32 assists and Grant Silva chipped in seven blocks, but not before getting the final point of the night on a resounding kill. 

 “I was talking to my setter and I told him I wanted to be the finisher, I wanted to get the last kill,” Silva said. “We knew that it we stayed focused and played our game we would be OK.”

Lancers coach Cat Vaughns is pleased with her team’s progress. 

“These boys are really stepping up with their discipline,” Vaughns said. “Their execution is making a difference. 

“We’re starting to close out games a lot faster a lot faster rather than having to go the distance.”

Cyrus Hunter paced Sierra (0-5, 1-12) with six kills, five digs and three aces while Jaylen Jackson had nine digs. 

Lathrop 3, Weston Ranch 0

LATHROP – The Spartans (4-0, 13-5) started off slow before pulling away for a 25-23, 25-22, 25-15 sweep.

“They got a big lead on us early,” Lathrop coach Heather Scharmann said. “We came out flat and had to come from behind.

“Weston Ranch was really scrappy and made a lot of great plays.”

Tyler Riggleman and Gabriel Gutierrez had 14 kills apiece for the Spartans. Mark Fabian added 19 digs while Rael Carmesis chipped in 25 assists, 10 digs and four aces.

Armando Mendoza had eight kills for the Cougars (1-2, 7-7) while Mailo Bayot tallied nine assists and Jimmy Nguyen nine digs.

Manteca 3, Kimball of Tracy 0

The Buffaloes (3-0, 10-0) swept the Jaguars (1-3, 8-6) 25-18, 31-29, 25-11, but not before the Jaguars battled valiantly in the second set. 

“They played well in the second game,” Manteca coach Kevin Bolding said. “We dug ourselves a hole, playing from behind. 

“We made some errors to force the extra time but we pulled it off.”

Kylan Chandler paced the Buffaloes with 10 kills and 10 digs. Jonathan Borres added five kills, five blocks, 18 assists and five digs; Joseph Borres had 15 digs and Cameron Reis made seven kills.


East Union 2, Sierra 0

Jonathan Ponce drilled six aces and added two kills to lead the Lancers to a 25-11, 25-15 sweep.

Jose Monares added four aces for East Union with Ryland Toves (four kills) and Santana Vasquez (three kills) getting three aces apiece and Pulusi Ionatana (two aces) and Alec Alegre (ace) each posted a pair of kills.

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