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Jacob helps key Manteca in VOL win
Manteca’s Kaitlyn Morenzone (12) and Karlie Spohn defend against East Union. - photo by Photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

Kyaira Jacobs had two pivotal service runs Monday to help lead Manteca to a 25-14, 26-24, 25-7 sweep of East Union in Valley Oak League action at Dalben Center.

Trailing 18-23 in the second set, recent junior varsity call-up Jacobs reeled off four service points with an ace to draw the Buffaloes (8-2 VOL, 16-4 overall) 23-22. Abbey Kadillak then ended the match on a 3-0 run for a 26-24 come-from-behind win.

“It was about keeping up the tempo and making sure the ball got over,” Jacobs said. “We had to stay upbeat and keep our energy up.”

In the third set Jacobs (14 digs, 19 service points, four aces) toed the service line with Manteca leading 13-6. Three aces and 11 service points later the Lancers (4-6, 8-10) broke service at 23-7. 

“I told Kyaira at the end that I had my money on her to get us to 25,” Buffaloes coach Kevin Bolding said. “And she almost did. 

“Her mindset is way beyond her age. She might only be a sophomore but you wouldn’t know it by watching her. But it’s not just her – freshmen Karlie (Spohn) and Abbey (Kadillak) look like they belong and that they have been there for a while and that’s huge for us.”

Spohn was silenced in the first two sets but busted loose in the third with five kills.   

“We were more aggressive in the third game,” Spohn said. “We put a little more energy on our plate.

“The first two games we were kind of dead and in the third we started doing cheers and getting all hyped up.”

Another underclassmen, junior Julia Moreno, tallied seven kills.

“Tonight I was getting into the grove a little better,” Moreno said. “I wasn’t worrying about messing up too much and it was working good for me.”

Senior stalwarts Kaitlyn Morenzone (24 assists, 11 kills, seven digs, two aces), Kacy Bolding (14 assists, 11 digs, 10 kills) and Payton Reis (six kills) led the charge for Manteca. Kadillak added 13 digs, 10 kills and two aces; Olga Perez chipped in eight digs and Kaylee macDannald had five kills and a block.

Jaidyn Valencia had six kills, five blocks and four digs for East Union. Kiana Day added five digs, four digs and an ace; Savannah Lebarre added six digs and four kills and Alexus Surnip had 16 assists, two kills and an ace.  

“Our serving was great,” Lancers coach Chelsea Herrera said. “We didn’t miss any serves and that is the first time all year. Serving was on point but serve-receive was not. 

“In the second game we came back and fought really hard but we just couldn’t close it out. Manteca stepped up and played their game. In the third game there were a couple of passes that weren’t there and our setter couldn’t jump to get them and she did what she could with it.” 


Junior Varsity

Manteca 2, East Union 0

Kimberly Yu led the Buffaloes to a 25-22, 25-16 win with nine digs, six service points, four kills and three aces. 

Arielle Chandler added nine assists and four kills for Manteca and Hanna Ender had six kills and three blocks. 

 Danielle James had six service points, four aces two assists and two kills for the Lancers. Emma Valdez had seven service points, four aces and an assist; Nicole Blair had three aces and a kill; Leilani Viloria had a kill and a block; Julieanna Padilla had two kills and Alivia Gordon one.


Manteca 2, East Union 0

Isabella Pires pounded out 10 aces and five assists for the Buffaloes in a 25-18, 25-15 win.

Caitlynn Wong added three kills and three digs. Camrenne Genilla chipped in three kills and two aces and Ariana Lowery had three aces and four digs.

Elizabeth Lopez had three assists, two kills and two aces for the Lancers. Aryana Barraza added an ace and a kill, Kaitlyn Reyes had two assists, Jenessa Godoy a kill and Alyssa Clapp an ace.