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Balanced Ripon rallies past Sierra in routine sweep
Sierras Morgan Willis swings for a spike against host Ripon in Mondays nonleague match. - photo by Photo By Sean Kahler

Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O’Brien anchored Ripon’s defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.

Sam McCreath and Jacqui Uecker recorded six kills apiece, while 6-foot-1 sophomore middle Breana Barrios slapped down five to go with four blocks. Karisa Carlson chimed in with five blocks. Lauren Weibe set 24 assists.

O’Brien topped all players with 18 digs while recording six service aces.

“Emily O’Brien had a stellar night,” Ripon coach Adrienne Beltrami said. “She served very tough, had great serve receive and strong defense. She showed her leadership through action and I could not be more proud of her and the role she continues to fulfill on this team.”

Morgan Willis served tough for Sierra and provided five kills for the attack. Taylor Moss tallied 11 assists, and Kristen Maestretti contributed four kills.


Manteca 3, Chavez 0

At Winter Gym, the Buffaloes (2-3) ended their pre-league schedule on a high note with a 25-12, 25-20, 26-24 win.

Alyssa Burch fired eight kills, Beth Aschenbrenner handed out 15 assists, Mildred Perez had four blocks, and Taylor Bays and Melissa Hampton registered eight digs apiece.

They begin Valley Oak League play with battle-tested East Union across town.

“We tried to schedule some tough teams to prepare us for league, because we have some tough teams like East Union to play,” Manteca coach Kevin Bolding said. “Hopefully we’re prepared.”


West 3, East Union 0

At Dalben Center, the Lancers (5-8) were able to keep the scores respectable but couldn’t get over the hump against a powerful West (12-3) team. Game scores were: 19-25, 19-25, 21-25.

Destiny Flores stayed busy in East Union’s back line, picking up 17 digs. Edmi Lopez doled out 11 kills, and Taylor Ward pitched in nine service points and three aces.

East Union has one final tune-up before its league opener tonight in Riverbank.



East Union 2, West 0

Vanessa Garcia accumulated nine aces as the Squires rolled to a 25-23, 25-10 win.

Kayla Montoya contributed three kills, and Grace Heaton had five assists.


Sierra 2, Ripon 1

The Timberwolves came back to knock off host Ripon, 16-25, 25-16, 15-9.

Lindsey Walljasper racked up 10 service points, while Emily Brierly and Jasmin Correa added nine each.