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Cougars claim first win over Lathrop
Ripon comes up aces in win over Bruins
Laura Ramos skies high for a kill Thursday night at home. The Cougars picked up their first win of the season, 3-2, over Lathrop. - photo by HIME ROMERO
RIPON — Ripon High turned in a season-high total of 32 aces Thursday in a 3-0 sweep of Riverbank.

Cheyann DePrue had 12 kills, and Kelsey Johnston collected 27 assists.

Lauren Feddersen had eight aces and a pair of blocks, and DePrue and Lauren Goeppert scooped 10 digs each.

“We were able to pull away steadily against a very stubborn Bruin defense,” Ripon head coach Larry Keethe said. “They were a bit overmatched, but we played really well in the first two games. It was the same as it was at RC.”

Mia Zamora had six digs for the Bruins, and Jessica McDonald had five assists.

Ripon moved to 3-0 in Trans Valley League play and 17-5 overall.

Ripon’s junior varsity won in two.

Weston Ranch 3, Lathrop 2

In Weston Ranch, the Cougars(1-4 Valley Oak League)  collected their first victory of the year (20-25, 25-22, 18-25, 26-24, 15-10) behind six kills from Laura Ramos and five more from DeArbia Gardner and Sidney Carter.

Andrea Vega was the defensive specialist, scooping 32 digs, and Anais Castillo was the anchor, setting up 24 assists.

Ramos had four aces at the endline, and Carter racked up a block.

Lathrop (0-4) was led by Janel Butler, who turned in nine kills, 18 assists and four aces.

Blessie Caro had eight kills, and Brittany Rallios had 13 digs.

Lathrop’s sophomores won in three, and the Spartan freshmen won in two.

Sonora 3, Manteca 0

In Sonora, the Wildcats were too tough up front in a 25-17, 25-11, 25-17 win.

Abby Rosas had a pair of aces, and Chelsee Lee and Cynthia Perez had three kills each.

Dallas Mould turned in a block, and Davina Bennett had five digs and nine assists.

“They’re a quality team, it’s tough to hang with them,” Buffs head coach Tim Horning said. “We didn’t roll over, but there’s room for improvement.

“Hopefully we get out of this funk soon.”

Manteca (1-3 VOL, 8-8 overall) heads to Oakdale Monday.

— Brandon Petersen