STOCKTON — Following a dominant first half through the Valley Oak League schedule, Manteca opened the second half with a 25-13, 25-11, 25-8 sweep of Weston Ranch on Wednesday.
The Buffaloes (8-0 VOL, 17-3 overall) have only lost one game so far against league opponents, but they were challenged by resurgent East Union in another sweep on Monday. It’s the closest thing they’ve had to a wake-up call since beating Oakdale in four games three weeks ago, and the Buffs were sharp in their rematch with Weston Ranch (2-6, 9-7).
“In those rivalry type games, you can toss out the records,” Manteca coach Kevin Bolding said of the East Union match. “It was kind of the same thing tonight. (Weston Ranch) came out and played tough at the start. Even the intra-district rivals want to get a piece of you.
“We just got into a nice groove, passed the ball well, got some good swings in and served really well. That was probably a big difference for us, was just being a little more relaxed tonight.”
Kaitlyn Morenzone led the way with seven kills, eight digs, 13 assists and five aces. Fellow setter Kacy Bolding had four kills, 10 digs, 13 assists, two aces and three blocks. Payton Reis and Rhiannon Genilla (four aces) pounded nine kills each. Kaylee MacDannald added four kills, and Emma Kadillak had eight digs.
“Everybody played and everybody did a real great job,” coach Bolding said. “It didn’t matter who we put in, there was no let-up.”
Manteca will look to extend its lead in the VOL next Monday when it hosts second-place Oakdale.
Weston Ranch 0
STOCKTON — Kerren Zou racked up 13 service points including six aces, as the Buffaloes rolled to a 25-15, 25-20 win.
Jayda Jackson contributed four kills, while Ayva Savoy slugged three.