Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
Like East Union, the Tigers have played tough competition so far. Unlike East Union, however, the Tigers return a battle-tested group, and the difference in experience was on display Thursday night.
Despite a valiant defensive effort, the Lancers were swept 17-25, 16-25, 13-25.
“Los Banos is a pretty good team,” East Union coach Rich Posz said. “They made the second round of the playoffs last year and they return a lot of players.”
The Lancers (5-7) amassed 63 digs but could only repel a powerful Los Banos attack for so long. Destiny Flores led the way with 13 digs to go with three kills and nine service points. Edmi Lopez finished with five kills, and Estefany Jauregui had 12 digs.
“We played pretty good defense tonight we just couldn’t convert it to offense,” Posz said. “We gave Los Banos too many opportunities to hit against us. It’s not a bad loss. I think the girls will learn a lot from it.”
East Union gets another challenge Monday when 7-2 West (Tracy) visits.
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The Cougars (3-1) visited McNair and came away with a 25-21, 25-12, 25-16 victory.
Elizabeth Alexander piled up seven aces and six kills, while Victoria Gulley hammered a match-high 10 kills. Jennifer Viguerias dished out 15 assists, and Nicole Kudla contributed 11 digs.
East Union 2,
Los Banos 0
The Squires (3-1) received little resistance in their 25-12, 25-7 win.
Sophie Williams anchored the front row with four kills and two blocks. Janika Gomes pounded four kills of her own along with three aces. Kassandra Avila pitched in three kills and two aces.
Los Banos 2,
East Union 0
The Pages fell to 1-3 following the 12-25, 22-25 defeat. Isabel Marmolejo finished with four kills.