East Union celebrated senior night in grand style Tuesday, sweeping Manteca 25-18, 25-16, 29-27 to clinch at least a portion of the Valley Oak League championship at Dalben Center.
The Lancers (7-1 VOL, 11-3 overall) trailed for most of the third set until they tied it at 20-20, taking advantage of serving miscues by the Buffaloes (3-4, 6-8) down the stretch to come back for the win.
“The boys came out hot,” East Union coach Chelsea Herrera said. “It was our senior night and our first kill came from a senior and from that point on they did not let up.
“In the third game we got down a little but their fight never left them and we ended up winning. That is how it should be going into playoffs.”
Austin Scott had seven kills, two blocks, an ace and five digs for the Lancers. Alec Alegre added six kills, six blocks, an ace and three digs and Parmbir Khattra dished out 20 assists and made three kills, four blocks, four digs and an ace.
Weston Ranch 3, Sierra 0
STOCKTON – The Cougars (6-1, 12-3) blocked themselves to a 25-8, 25-13, 25-7 sweep of the Timberwolves (1-7, 10-14).
“Everyone got to play,” Weston Ranch coach Debi Chavez said. “Our blocking was phenomenal.
“It was nice to start out and stay strong while keeping our energy high. This is what we wanted to see going into playoffs.”
Raul Melgarejo (four kills) set the tone for the Cougars, getting most of his 12 blocks in the first game. Armando Mendoza added 10 blocks, and six kills; Josh Ico added two blocks, eight kills and six digs and Mailo Bayot dished out 23 assists, two aces, and four digs.
One-half game behind first-place East Union, Weston Ranch finishes its VOL schedule on the road at 5 p.m.
Ripon Christian 3, Ripon 0
The Knights wrapped up a perfect Trans-Valley League campaign with a 25-14, 25-11, 25-8 thumping of the host Indians (0-8 TVL, 1-15 overall).
“The guys came out and played sharp,” Ripon Christian coach Kevin Tameling said. “That’s what we want to say going into playoffs.”
Cade Alger led the Knights (8-0, 16-2) with 15 kills and five aces. Braden Van Groningen added five kills and four aces and Lucas Van Groningen tallied 13 assists with Michael Camps dishing out 10 assists.
Lathrop finished undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference and travels to Ripon Christian for a playoff tune up and possible preview at 5 this afternoon.
Manteca 2, East Union 0
Marco Galvan had four kills for the Lancers and Gavin Silva had three aces.
Jyrus Faustilla, Bryan Rodriguez and Javier Ornellas added a kill apiece for East Union and Jaime Ornellas and Moises Gonzalez each had an ace.