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Manteca undefeated in VOL
Mantecas Emma Kadillak goes for a dig against East Union on Monday in a 3-0 Valley Oak League sweep of the Lancers at Winter Gym. - photo by Photos by SEAN KAHLER

Kacy Bolding went on a 12-0 service run for Manteca in the first set Monday before East Union rallied back a little in the first set and battled through the next two only for the Buffaloes to win a 25-13, 25-23, 25-20 Valley Oak League volleyball contest at Winter Gym.

“I just wanted to serve the ball in,” Bolding said. “I have had trouble serving this year and it felt good to do that.”

Bolding finished with 13 service points, 12 assists, seven kills, four digs, two aces and a block. Joining Bolding in setting up the Manteca hitters was Kaitlyn Morenzone (10 service points, five aces, three kills, three digs, block) who had 15 assists. 

Payton Reis (five digs, two service points, block) led the Buffaloes with 10 kills.

Kacy (Bolding) and Kaitlyn (Morenzone) are so consistently good at getting me the ball where I need it to be for me to be successful,” Reis said. “You can give them all the credit.”

Manteca coach Kevin Bolding knows how rare a service run like Kacy Bolding’s could be. 

“That was huge,” Coach Bolding said of the service run.  “A lot of times you don’t find those at the varsity level – maybe at the lower-level matches. Our serving has been good lately and that has helped us make things a little bit easier. 

“If we’re serving good and passing the ball well, that’s huge for us. Everyone thinks that it’s always about swings and it’s not. 

Savannah LeBarre (12 digs, eight aces, six kills) strung together four aces in a row for East Union (1-6 VOL, 2-9 overall) late in the second set to give the Lancers a 22-21 lead, but the Buffaloes rallied for the 25-23.

“When I need her I need her,” East Union coach Chelsea Herrera said of LeBarre. There are some things we need to work with on her, but her skills are better than anyone else’s. 

“She did a great job tonight. When she needs to perform she performs.”

After falling behind 18-3 in the first set, East Union kept things just about even going into the final set, winning one more point than it lost from that 18-3 deficit to the start of the third set. 

“Our serve-receive killed us in that first game,” Herrera said. “Then they started talking more often and working together. I think it is about finding the right six that talk and communicate together well. 

“With Alexis (Surnip) back in the lineup – she is now legal to play – it makes us a little stronger with three setters instead of just two.”

Ragan Fowzer had five kills and three aces for the Lancers. Angelica Mercado added 13 assists and Kiana Day had five kills. 

Rhiannon Genilla had eight kills, seven service points, five kills and two aces for Manteca, Kaylee MacDannald had four kills and Emma Kadillak had five digs, three service points and an ace.

 The Buffaloes finish the first half of VOL play undefeated at 7-0, 16-3 overall.

“We’re not near where we need to be or want to be,” Coach Bolding said. “Hopefully we can still grow and get to where we need to be. That’s the whole idea.”

Although the Lancers had just one league win coming into the game, once they got past the bad start the two teams were evenly matched. 

“East Union did a good job tonight,” Coach Bolding said. “That’s the thing with rivalry games. You just throw out the records and play, because the records don’t mean anything.

“They don’t care what our record is and we don’t care what theirs is.”


Oakdale 3, Lathrop 1

OAKDALE – The visiting Spartans kept it close but came up short in a four-set loss, 23-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-25.

“I think Oakdale has a good reputation for a good reason,” Lathrop coach Heather Anderson said. “We let their reputation get into our heads and also we beat ourselves with unforced errors.”

Juliana Denning had 10 kills for the Spartans (4-3, 5-6). Mary Cotton (two blocks) and Jahsita Fa’ali (three aces) added seven kills each and Avleen Kaur (nine digs) had five kills. Krystal Tempra had 13 digs and Karina Chavez (29 assists) had 11digs.

The Mustangs improve to 6-1, 8-7.


Kimball-Tracy 3,

Weston Ranch 1

The visiting Jaguars (4-3, 9-7) went on a 8-0 run late in the third set to steal the momentum and take a 15-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-14 win. 

“I was pleased with the effort of the girls,” Cougars coach Eddie Menzel said. “This was an improvement over the last couple of games. 

Amaya Finley had 19 kills for Weston Ranch (2-5, 9-6). Nayeli Moreno had 26 assists and Senecia Patton had five blocks and four kills.


Central Catholic-Modesto 3, Sierra 0

The host Timberwolves were nipped in the first set 24-26 and lost the next two 16-25, 15-25.

Emma Brierly had 13 assists for Sierra (0-7, 7-8). Lindsey Walljasper added six kills and Teresa Benham had four digs. 

The Raiders are now 4-3, 9-10. 

Southern League

Ripon Christian 3,

Waterford 0

Paige Vos paced the Knights (5-2 SL, 6-11 overall) with nine aces and 11 kills in a sweep of the Wildcats (3-4, 6-8).  

Bethany Silveira had 13 digs while Taylor Alger added 15 assists and Lauren Braga had 5 aces.

“We finished strong and confident, making adjustments quickly,” Ripon Christian coach Jocelyn Benziger said. “It was a great game.”



Manteca 2, East Union 0

Michaela Johnson tallied 12 service points and four aces for the Buffaloes, getting two aces in the final three points of the game. 

Abi Arias added four kills for Manteca and Kerren Zou chipped in seven service points.

Samantha Snyder set well for the Lancers. Miekayla Surnip played an aggressive game and Melissa Scogna was strong in the middle for East Union.


Oakdale 2, Lathrop 0

Hailey Hunter powered eight digs for the Spartans in the 22-25, 12-25 loss.

Khiya Thornton, Rylie Asuncion and Alexia Chalender added two kills each for the Spartans.



Manteca 2, East Union 1

The two teams almost evenly split the first two games with the Buffaloes winning the first 25-22 and the Lancers winning the second 25-20 before Manteca won the third 15-9.

Jaelyn Negraza had eight assists and two aces for the Buffaloes. Kyaira Jacobs added four kills and nine aces and Katelyn Gross had three kills and an ace. 

Danielle James led East Union with eight assists and a kill. Julieanna Padilla added two aces and two kills with Isabella Price adding five aces and four kills.  


Oakdale 2, Sierra 0

Message Villanueva paced the Timberwolves with two aces, two blocks and two kills.

Jenna Villanueva added two big for Sierra and Genevieve Gaines played with great hustle and had two aces.