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Cougars coast past upset-minded Sierra
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After a stunning Valley Oak League win last week over cross-town rival Manteca High, the Sierra High varsity volleyball squad couldn’t quite keep up the momentum, falling to visiting Weston Ranch on Tuesday.

The Cougars (5-7, 9-10) took the match in three games, 25-11, 25-19, 25-22.

Candisse Griffin led Weston Ranch with 10 kills and 13 digs. She was helped out by her setter Aolani Etu, who handed out 21 assists.

Desiree Fonoti was tough from the service line. She delivered six aces and added three kills.

For the Timberwolves (2-9, 5-12), Allie Walljasper had 25 digs, three kills and three aces.

Katelynn Perkins finished with seven assists and two aces while Emily Doran came through with six kills.

“It took us a while to get warmed up,” said Sierra coach Trinity Johnson. “(But) everything was too little, too late tonight.”



Oakdale 3, East Union 0


The second-place Mustangs (11-1, 16-2) defeated the Lancers at the Dalben Center, 25-17, 25-16, 25-16.

East Union (6-6, 9-9) stayed competitive in all three games, according to Jenaia Cano.

“My girls were all over the court and they played together,” said the Lancers coach. “But we also had a lot of mistakes on our part.”

East Union’s Regina Dias had nine digs, an ace and seven assists. Alexis Scopas contributed with five kills.

The Lancers will play first-place Sonora on Thursday.



Sonora 3, Manteca 0


Even though they were swept in three games against visiting Sonora, Buffaloes coach Tim Horning indicated it wasn’t without a fight.

“We were competitive,” he said following the 14-25, 22-25, 18-25 losses.

Manteca (5-7, 7-11) led the top team in the VOL in the second game, forcing the Wildcats to exhaust a pair of timeouts.

The Buffaloes rallied late in the third game to make the outcome close.

“We made them work,” Horning said. “For us, this match was a confident booster.”

His team must win out while receiving outside help in order to earn a postseason spot. Manteca will host Lathrop on Thursday and close out the regular season at Kimball next week.

Against Sonora, Erin Kennedy led Manteca in kills with eight. Junior setter Samantha Morris had 17 assists while Nicole Magnuson tallied 13 digs. Jimi Guibor served up a pair of aces and had a block, as did Julia Martinez and Brittina Burch.

“I can’t remember the last time we had that many kills (17) against Sonora,” said Horning.



Southern League

Ripon Christian 3, Delhi 0


For Ripon Christian (14-0. 17-3), it was business as usual at Delhi.

The Knights, who are the top team in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5 power rankings, set the tempo early while winning, 25-2, 25-9, 25-12.

Kaylie Colyn was the lead-off server in the first game. She delivered 20 straight points in the opener and finished the match with nine aces and four dig.

Andie Sheldon chipped in with 20 assists and seven kills.

Morgan Alger also had seven kills while Mikaela Alger tallied three blocks.



Sophomores

Sonora 2, Manteca 0


The Buffaloes received a great effort from Indiana Perreira, who had nine service points in the loss.

McKenna Balmut chipped in with three kills while Jessica Hasal contributed with four assists.



Weston Ranch 2, Sierra 1


The Cougars needed three games (25-22, 17-25, 15-11) to get past the Timberwolves.

Pacing Weston Ranch was Alex Marapao, who had 14 assists, and Vanessa Contreras, who finished with seven kills and three blocks.

Taylor Holiday also helped out with five blocks and two aces.

For Sierra, setters Kayla Honeycutt and Fabiola Lopez and six assists and three aces, respectively.

Taylor Webber and Claudia Hunter paced the defense while Gianna Lenoci had five kills.



Freshmen

Sierra 2, Weston Ranch 1


The Timberwolves took the Cougars to three games, winning, 25-12, 22-25, 15-8.

Madison English helped Sierra with her seven digs and an ace. Lucia Santos managed six digs, five aces and four kills.