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Buffaloes still perfect in VOL volleyball play
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Manteca remained undefeated in Valley Oak League boys volleyball play Wednesday with a 25-19, 25-14, 25-13 sweep on the road against Central Catholic.

Camden Steckler led the attack for the Buffaloes (7-0 VOL, 14-6 overall) with 12 kills and two blocks followed by Jon Rojas (31 assists, ace), Micah Crawford (eight kills) and Angel Rodriguez (nine kills, ace).

Manteca hosts East Union today at 6 p.m.

Lathrop 4, Manteca 1

The undefeated Spartans dropped a set in a 25-20, 25-18, 26-28, 25-15 road win in non-league boys volleyball action on Tuesday.

Diego Sanchez was all over the court for the Lathrop (24-0) with 25 digs. Christian Green (19 kills, 13 digs, three aces), Arman John (13 digs, 10 kills, three aces), Jerico Santillan (12 kills, four digs, ace) and Tory Sumbler (43 assists, seven digs, three kills, two aces) rounded out the Spartans attack.

Steckler led Manteca (13-6) with 10 blocks and five kills. Nick Grabowski added five kills, Crawford four and Rojas dished out 14 assists.

“It makes you a better team going against one of the top teams in the area,” Buffaloes coach Jennifer Reis said. “We have aspirations of winning league and doing some damage in the playoffs so we need to play against some of the best and that’s what Lathrop really is.”

The Buffaloes host East Union today at 6 p.m. and Lathrop travels to Los Banos on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Sierra 3, Kimball 0

Raj Dhaliwal led the Timberwolves (6-1 VOL, 9-5 overall) to a 25-20, 25-7, 25-19 sweep with five kills and six blocks in VOL action on Tuesday.

Sierra’s Brian Huynh (nine kills, four digs, six assists, two aces) tallied seven consecutive service points to start the second set and scored 13 points on 17 serves. Ajay Grewal (three kills, two digs, two aces) tallied five straight service points to end an error-prone first set for the Timberwolves.

Sierra’s David Caamano added 10 digs, six kills, five aces and an assist and Austin Kim chipped in five digs, an assist and an ace.

The Timberwolves host Weston Ranch today at 6 p.m.


East Union 5, Weston Ranch 1

The Cougars (0-9 VOL, 5-16 overall) were two-hit by the Lancers (5-2, 9-7) in a Valley Oak League win for East Union on Tuesday at Agostini Field in VOL play.

“Christian Cortes and Andrew Montano both pitched well, and defensively we played well,” Weston Ranch coach Dave Hager said. “We struggled with getting runners in from scoring position. Multiple times we left runners on base without swinging the bat.”

Cortes and Zyale Brown-Sanger each had a hit for the Cougars with Brown-Sanger singling in Cortes.

The two teams wrap up their VOL set today at Weston Ranch at 4 p.m.


Manteca 9, East Union 0

Yok Chai Ma, Emiliano Hurtado and Luke Samson were straight-sets winners for the Buffaloes on Wednesday.

No. 1 Jonas Mueller downed Dominic Ochoa 6-1, 6-0; No. 5 Michael Osanna defeated Selvin Curin 6-1, 6-2 and at No. 6 Michael Levchenko downed Arjun Patel 6-0, 6-1.

In the only doubles match Vincent Almeida/Landon Butler defeated Jonathan Sierra/Isaac Rubacalva 6-0, 6-1.

Central Catholic 9, East Union 0

The Raiders won five of seven contested matches in straight sets, claiming two doubles matches by forfeit on Tuesday.

Lancers No. 2 Landon Wolfe lost 2-6, 0-6 and No. 6 Arjun Patel lost 0-6, 1-6.

Junior varsity baseball

Sierra 12, Manteca 1 (5)

Josh Seals powered a home run in a five-run fifth as part of a 14-hit parade for the Timberwolves on Tuesday in VOL play.

After the blast by Seals (two runs), Troy Morrow (3 for 3, three RBI, double, triple) and Travis Boyd (2 for 3, RBI, double, three RBI) each powered a two-RBI double to complete the five-run frame.

Sierra’s Collins Schluer tallied a pair of RBI and Andres Gutierrez was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Rudy Barney and Tommy Miller each had an RBI.

Schluer got the win, going 4.1 innings before coming out due to pitch-count limits. He struck out eight against two hits with one unearned run. Seals came in to mop up, striking out the only two batter he faced.

After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Preston Smith came in to score the only run for the Buffaloes in the second inning.

Junior varsity volleyball

Lathrop 2, Ceres 0

The Spartans downed the Bulldogs 25-18, 25-15 on Wednesday.

Rajveer Singh pounded out nine aces for Lathrop. Charles Reyes added eight assists and seven aces; Alexander Vere tallied four digs, three aces and two kills and Caden Wisnieski posted four kills, two digs and two aces.

Manteca 2, Lathrop 1

Yahir Martinez fired five aces for the Buffaloes in a 25-10, 24-26, 15-8 win.

Christian Cardoza chipped in five kills for Manteca and Joseph Manor had three kills.

Wisnieski tallied four kills, four digs and an ace for the Spartans. Marco Palomares added three kills, an ace and a dig and Reyes posted nine assists and two kills.

Kimball 2, Sierra 1

The Timberwolves won the first set Tuesday 25-22 before dropping the next two 22-25, 9-15 in VOL play. 

Sierra’s Owen Altadonna tallied five kills and four blocks. Primo Estandarte chipped in five kills, three digs and a pair of aces and Brett Yang had four kills.