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EU battles back in third game to sweep
East Unions Mariah Burrola (11) and Sierra Tailes (10) try to block the hit of Sierras Stephanie Davis. - photo by HIME ROMERO

East Union High’s varsity volleyball team swept cross-town rival Sierra in three games on Thursday.

But that’s not without a fight.

Each time, the Lancers had to find a way to fend off the Timberwolves before claiming the Valley Oak League match at the Dalben Center, 25-21, 25-15, 25-20.

“It was the little things that killed us,” said Sierra coach Trinity Johnson.

East Union coach Jenaia Cano noted that her team managed to stay focused.

“Our girls also played with confidence tonight,” she said.

Leading the way were Starla Beltran, Sierra Tailes, and Regina Dias.

Beltran had 11 digs, seven kills and four aces, while Tailes managed seven kills and five blocks. Dias finished with 18 assists.

The opening game featured four ties, with Sierra, behind the play of Allison Walljasper and Emily Doran, falling behind only to rally back.

East Union (3-4, 6-7) went ahead, 18-14, when the Timberwolves came back on Victoria Schneider’s service ace, Walljasper’s nicely placed shot, and hitting miscue by the Lancers.

But then Sierra (1-6, 4-8) was dogged by passing mistakes and hitting errors that helped put East Union back on top. Tailes contributed to the Lancers’ scoring down the stretch with a tap-in and block while riding behind the serving of Alex Scopas.

In the second game, the Lancers jumped out to a 10-3 advantage thanks to Beltran and Tailes, who both delivered on service aces. They extended that lead, 20-8, before Sierra reeled off five-straight points, getting a pair of kills from Doran and an ace from Walljasper.

For the match, Doran had four kills, while Walljasper collected eight kills, seven aces and one block. Gabby Olmo had 12 assists.

The Timberwolves experienced some miscommunication problems along with hitting errors that helped Sierra close out the game.

In the third game, the Timberwolves put behind their earlier woes by jumping out to a 7-2 lead. Walljasper delivered a pair of aces and Valerie Nestor scored on a block.

East Union eventually settled into a groove, tying the game at 11-11 and going ahead a misdirected shot by Dias, an ace by Kianna Lamont, and a kill each by Beltran and Tailes.

Down 21-16 at one point, Sierra put together one last fight. Walljasper had a kill and also delivered on a touch shot, pulling her team to within two, 22-20.

But Beltran’s spike ended any comeback hopes by the Timberwolves.

Cano applauded her team’s effort.

“Communication was the key,” she said. “The girls played on their toes and just kept on moving.”

At this point of the season, Johnson is hoping to see better results from her Timberwolves.

“They’re still working to come together as a team,” she said. “I’m hoping they’ll soon turn the corner.”

Sierra took the sophomore match in two games (26-24, 25-13).

Claudia Hunter led the way, delivering five kills and two service aces.

Faby Lopez added four kills and six assists.

In addition, Gianna Lenoci and Ashley Honeycutt received recognition for their defensive efforts.