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Sierra shoots to improve on last years season
Sierra head volleyball coach Trinity Johnson (R) tosses the ball into play during drills Wednesday at Sierra High. Gianna Lenoci (middle) looks on and assists. - photo by JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS

The Sierra High volleyball squad didn’t have the best season last year and won four games in Valley Oak League play.

The T’Wolves will be returning three talented seniors this season, though.

Taylor Webber, Giana Lenoci and Fabiola Lopez were contributors as juniors, and this year will be their time to lead a program that missed the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III postseason the last two years.

 “Yes, (Webber, Lenoci and Lopez) were all crucial parts to the team last year,” Sierra’s fourth-year head coach Trinity Johnson said. “It will be interesting to see how they step it up this year as the three seniors.”

Johnson made her final cuts Friday and narrowed the roster down to a team of 12 players.

Sierra will be looking to replace graduateD setter Gaby Olmo, outside hitters Alexis Davis and Nicole Moreno and a standout middle blocker in Valerie Nestor.

Sierra will begin its first official team practice Monday.

“There’s a lot of potential on the team,” Johnson added. “I think we’re going to be a surprise the group this year. There’s not one standout player, but I think we’re going to be a good all-around team.

“We only have three seniors. It really makes us a young team and it will be interesting to see who steps up. I think we have some work ahead of us, but I think we’re going to give everyone a run for their money.”

The T’Wolves open the season on Sept. 3, followed by a road game at Johansen Modesto two days later.

On Sept. 9, Sierra will travel to play Davis of Modesto and will open Valley Oak League play Sept. 18 on the road against Sonora.

Sonora is the co-defending VOL champion along with Oakdale, and according to just about every Manteca Unified volleyball coach in the area, Sonora and Oakdale are the teams to beat once again.

Sierra will be aiming to improve on its 4-10 finish in the VOL last year, 11-9 overall.