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Gulley propels Ranch past Sierra
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Sierra Highs Madison English gets down on one knee for the dig against visiting Weston Ranch on Monday. - photo by Photo By Sean Kahler

Victoria Gulley knows how to dominate from both ends of the volleyball court.

The Weston Ranch junior tallied 10 kills, nine assists and two blocks to lead the Cougars to a 25-19, 25-19, 26-24 sweep of host Sierra in Valley Oak League volleyball action on Monday.

“She has got a lot smarter about her play,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer said. “Where she puts the ball, when she swings and when she doesn’t and her serve placement is much better than it was. That is from her listening, seeing and watching and she has done a great job of that.

“Some teams don’t have go-to people and she is a go-to person for us. When we need the ball put away or a big swing or something we try and get her the ball.”

Gulley played a big part down the stretch in the first two sets and changed the tide of the third set. Two kills and a block by Gulley got Weston Ranch (5-7 VOL, 9-8 overall) to 24-18 and the match ended when the Timberwolves (1-11, 3-15) knocked the ball out long, trying to hit over Gulley.

In the second set Gulley came to the service line with the Cougars trailing 18-16 and rattled off seven consecutive service points – two of them aces – to help slam the door on Sierra.

In the third set trailing 17-16 Gulley tied the game with one of her signature kills and got the next three service points behind a pair of jump-serve aces for 20-17 Weston Ranch lead. The Cougars would not trail again.

“I was hoping to get a jump serve over because I hit the first one in the net,” Gulley said. “I have tried them in practice but never in a game.

“They went on some runs but we were always able to battle back.”

Alex Marapao (18 assists) and Donna Marapao each had eight digs for Weston Ranch.

Fabiola Lopez had 11 assists and three kills for Sierra. Claudia Hunter (three aces), Olivia Higby (two aces) and Gianna Lenoci each had five digs and Kristen Maestretti posted nine assists and three kills.

Oakdale 3, East Union 0

East Union (6-6, 19-10-2) was mathematically knocked out of the postseason hunt with Monday’s 11-25, 11-25, 17-25 loss at second-place Oakdale.

Loretta Kakala led the Lancers with four kills and 2 ½ blocks. Madison Hoffman contributed three kills. Monica King scored with three aces to go with three digs. Courtney Posz pitched in seven service points and five assists.

Sonora 3, Manteca 0

Alyssa Burch put up a valiant effort consisting of five kills and three blocks, but VOL-leading Sonora had too much firepower in the 13-25, 9-25, 12-25 loss for the Buffaloes (4-8).

Beth Aschenbrenner chipped in 10 assists and five digs.

Kimball 3, Lathrop 0

Kimball was able to ward off a game effort from host Lathrop en route to winning 25-19, 25-17, 25-23.

Loreal Taylor had seven kills, and Jaime Ready handed out 14 assists for the Spartans. Other contributors were Desiree Mendola (3 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs), Stephanie Maduli (2 kills, 8 digs) and Luisa Serrato (2 kills, 2 aces).


Ripon Christian 3, Le Grand 0

Make it four straight outright championships for Ripon Christian (12-0, 14-4), which clinched the crown Monday with two regular-season matches remaining. Scores were 25-15, 25-17, 26-24.

Andie Shelton, sharing setting duties with Elisabeth Regusci, hacked out 18 kills. She and Regusci each handed out 18 assists. Teagan Manus collected 17 digs, and Amanda Evans had 16.


East Union 2, Oakdale 1

The Squires (11-1 VOL, 22-1 overall) went on a big service run late to celebrate a 25-14, 16-25, 15-7 victory that inches them closer to the conference crown.

They were trailing 4-6 in the deciding third game before Jordyn Posz went on a staggering eight-point service run aided by Haley England’s three kills.

Deja Guzman led the charge overall with 18 digs and five kills.

Weston Ranch 2, Sierra 1

The Cougars came from behind to win 25-27, 25-22, 15-8.

Verneisha Vaughn had nine kills for Weston Ranch, Iris Murphy 21 digs and Tralynn Simerly (three aces) and Janis Sanchez each had three blocks and seven kills.

Julieanna DeAnda had 16 digs for Sierra. Vanessa Padilla added six digs and three kills, and Megan Westfall finished with five assists and four digs.


Sierra 2, Weston Ranch 0

The Timberwolves won 25-7, 25-17. Vanessa Benham (eight aces) and Jaleyna Tremor (five aces) each had 13 service points for Sierra. Louisa Hunter had three kills.

— Jonamar Jacinto contributed to this report.