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Lathrop bounces back to take consolation title
Ripons Makayla Buie (4) tries to split Madera Souths Destiny Perez (20) and Taylor Rogers (14) on Saturday in the Stockton Classic Volleyball Tournament at Edison High School. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

Lathrop dropped its first game of the Stockton Classic Volleyball Tournament before winning the next three to take the consolation at Weston Ranch High, one of five sites in the multi-venue tournament. 

The Spartans faced a scrappy Mountain House squad for the consolation championship and won in three, 25-20, 23-25, 15-10. 

“Game No. 4 was a dogfight back and forth but our girls had great energy and really played up,” Lathrop coach Heather Anderson said. “Mountain House was a scrappy squad that really pushed us to play better and we were able to finish strong and withhold their threat.”

Juliana Denning helped punch the Spartans’ ticket to the consolation game with 18 straight service points in a 25-20, 25-4 win over Chavez-Stockton. 

After losing to Eureka 20-25, 20-25 to start the day, Anderson got everyone playing time and mixed up the lineup in a 25-3, 25-8 shellacking of Delta Charter-Tracy.

According to Anderson, Denning served well and worked hard all day, Briana Rose came off the bench and stepped in for an injured player and really shined getting many digs, Malia Akers played several different positions and was a utility player throughout the tournament. Jahsita Fa’alii, Myani Thornton and Avleen Kaur all had a lot of great hits.  

Weston Ranch was short-handed and started the day with a win over Davis-Modesto before losing three in a row to Salesian-Richmond, West Campus-Sacramento and Yerba Buena-San Jose. 

At the Edison-Stockton venue, Sierra went 2-2 starting the day with back-to-back losses to Enochs-Modesto (18-25, 19-25) and Los Banos (8-25, 25-20, 4-15) before bouncing back to defeat Edison 18-25, 25-14, 15-12 and Tioga-Groveland 25-16, 25-14 

Against Enochs, Lyndsey Walljasper had four kills, Kylie Matteroli added three kills and four aces and Emma Brierly had three aces and 10 assists. Walljasper had seven kills against Los Banos with Matteroli getting five kills, Brierly 21 assists and Carlee Mahurin and Yolanda Tavares three digs each.

Brierly had 16 assists against Edison. Tavares added four digs, Teresa Benham three aces and Walljasper five kills. Hailey Steele had three aces against Tioga with Matteroli and Walljasper getting five kills each and Brierly 16 assists.

“When we were on we played great,” Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson said.