Lathrop — Manteca dominated Lathrop in the first two matches and played well enough to win in the third Tuesday with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-17 sweep for the visiting Buffaloes in Valley Oak League volleyball action.
“We have done a lot better lately when we come out,” Manteca coach Kevin Bolding said. “In the beginning of the season we would come out and put ourselves in a hole. I don’t know if we are maturing and growing up as a team, but we have done a much better job with that.
“We had good defense and we did a good job serving. We had everybody serve and we did a pretty good job of keeping the ball in play.”
Katelyn Morenzone led the freshmen contingent for the Buffaloes (5-2 VOL, 7-5) of herself, Payton Reis and Kacy Bolding with 19 assists and 16 service points, five of which were aces.
“It went pretty well,” Morenzone said. “We didn’t know what to expect from Lathrop because this is the first time we have played them. We just played as we do.”
Reis had 10 kills and Bolding 10 assists.
“I struggled a little bit,” Reis said. “But overall it was a good night for us.
“We ended up getting it done. We played our game and that was good.”
Tawny Deerinck had 10 kills for Manteca. Destanie Elliott added seven kills and two blocks, Aryana Martinez seven kills, Alison Hoyer five kills and two blocks and Taylor Bays five digs.
The Spartans (1-5, 4-7) led early in the first set before the Buffaloes pulled away, did not lead at all in the second set and led again early in the third set. But in the third set Manteca did not pull away, leading by 15-8 before Lathrop closed to 17-15. Lathrop battled to stay close at 20-17 but after the Buffaloes regained the serve Taylor Boys had the last four service points of the night to end the match.
“We always wait until the third set,” Spartans coach Pamela Carroll-Adams said. “If we could just get them to play with that intensity in the first match I think we would have some different results.
“But we are working on it – it is a work in progress.”
Fasha Hayes had 14 digs for Lathrop. Brittany Johnson and Karissa Kammen added 10 digs apiece with Kammen getting five kills, Jay Bautista seven assists, Malia Akers four blocks and Raquel Haro three aces.
East Union 3,
Central Catholic-Modesto 1
The Lancers came a few points short of a sweep over the Raiders(4-2, 9-8), winning 25-17, 25-20, 22-25 and 25-18.
“We played one of our best matches of the season and our passing and service games were on tonight,” East Union coach Rich Posz said. “We let Central take control during the third set and they lead by eight points at one time and we brought it to 21-23 but came up a little short in the end.”
Melissa King led the Lancers (3-3, 7-6) with 19 assists and nine kills. Mariah Jeffrey (two blocks) and Alissa Burrola (four aces) added seven kills and Haley England had five kills and two aces.
Weston Ranch 0
Jennifer Viguerias had 17 assists for the Cougars (3-4, 8-9) in a 15-25, 18-25, 20-25 road loss to the Mustangs (6-0, 12-9).
Iris Murphy had 13 digs for the Cougars. Amaya Finley added eight kills, Jeara Pereña five kills, Amaya Finley and Cassandra Alcazar three blocks each and Jennifer Viguerias an ace.
Kimball 3, Sierra 1
The Timberwolves (0-6, 3-11) win the first set 26-24 before dropping the next three to the Jaguars (3-3, 11-13) 14-25, 22-25, 22-25
Julie DeAnda had 10 digs for Sierra. Vanessa Benham added four kills and two blocks and Cecilia Salcedo nine assists.
Ripon Christian 3,
The Knights remained undefeated in Southern League action with a 25-14, 25-22, 25-21 sweep of the visiting Indians (1-5 SL, 6-8)
Paige Vos had 20 kills for Ripon Christian (6-0, 10-9). beth Weststeyn added 16 assists and Rachel Faure had six digs.
Manteca 2, Lathrop 0
Riannon Genilla had 13 kills and seven aces for the Buffaloes in a 25-9, 25-22 sweep.
Taylor Reed had 17 assists for Manteca and Azucena Mendiola four kills.
Julianna Denning had four kills for the Spartans with Mary Cotton and Joselyn Hurtado (four digs) getting two kills each.
Weston Ranch 0
The Cougars fell to 0-7, 2-10 with the 9-25, 16-25 loss.
Kimball 2, Sierra 0
The Timberwolves were edged in the first set 25-27 before losing the second 11-25.
Emma Brierly had seven kills and five assists for Sierra and Brianna Padua five kills and five digs.
Sierra 2, Kimball 0
The Timberwolves swept the Jaguars 25-23, 25-17.
Hailee Looney had eight service points with five aces for Sierra. Alexis Surnip added six service points and three kills and Persabel Tecle had great passing for Sierra.
Lathrop 2, Manteca 0
Kailee Whitaker had an ace and a kill for the Buffaloes in their 15-25, 16-25 loss to the Spartans.
Weston Ranch 0
The Cougars (4-3, 9-3) battled but fell 20-25, 20-16.