STOCKTON — In its last Valley Oak League boys volleyball game before realigning into the Western Athletic Conference next season, visiting Lathrop swept Weston Ranch 25-19, 25-21, 25-23 and earned a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
“We finished 6-4 and secured a playoff slot,” Spartans coach Heather Anderson said. “We extended our season in just our second year of competition.”
Tyler Riggleman paced Lathrop (6-4 VOL, 15-9 overall) led the Spartans with 15 kills and 10 digs. Mark Fabian tallied 18 digs, Gabriel Gutierrez had 15 digs, three kills and three assists; Adrian Corona added five kills and nine digs; Ysrael Gutierrez had four kills and four digs and R.J. Carnesis made 24 assists and eight digs.
Armando Mendoza had six blocks and five kills for the Cougars. Josh Ico made six kills, five digs and two aces and Milo Bayot had 16 assists.
“We got better as the games went on,” Weston Ranch coach Debi Chavez said. “They came out tough and ready to play.
“We improved from the last time we played them. This was not a disappointing game for us.”
East Union 3, Sierra 1
The visiting Lancers (8-6, 7-2) lost a two-point set but won the other three handily 25-16, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18.
Jonathan Casteneda (12 digs) and Anthony Byrd had nine kills for East Union. Flavio Mercado added five blocks and Grant Silva had three aces.
“This was a good win for us because it helps prepare us for playoffs,” Lancers coach Chelsea Herrera said. “It was a good test to see where the players belong going into the playoffs.”
Lance Vann had three aces, two kills and eight assists for Sierra and Cyrus Hunter chipped in three aces, five digs and 8 kills
“Philip Medina played a great game in the back row for us and was huge in making big offensive plays happen,” Timberwolves coach Michelle Springmeyer said. “Jake Alton was instrumental on serve receive.
“This season did not go how we had hoped but they definitely played some of their best volleyball tonight.”
Manteca 3, Kimball of Tracy 0
TRACY – The visiting Buffaloes remained undefeated in league play with one game remaining by sweeping the Jaguars 25-15, 25-23, 25-22.
“Starting out we played well together, but we got a little sloppy as the game went on,” Manteca coach Kevin Bolding said. “The last two games were a lot closer because of our errors.
“We probably need to clean that up a little bit especially with playoffs coming up. Tonight we just gave too many free points. If we can cut those down we will be all right.”
Kylan Chandler and Cameron Reis had 11 kills apiece for the Buffaloes (9-0, 18-3) and Kyle Reis had six. Jonathan Borres added 25 assists, eight digs and three aces; Joseph Borres made 24 digs and three aces and Kylan Chandler chipped in 10 digs and three blocks.
Ripon 28, Valley of Sacramento 0
The Indians (12-8) put up 11 first-inning runs while blanking the visiting Vikings (6-14) in non-league action.
Eric Jaquez paced the 24-hit Ripon attack, 5 for 6 with five RBI, a triple and four runs. Donald Cooksey was 5 for 5 with four RBI, a double and three runs; Brandon Rainer went 4 for 4 with five RBI, a home run and three runs; Jake Komatsu was 2 for 2 with two RBI and four runs; Gerald Nix went 2 for 5 with two RBI and three runs and Jacob Gahm (three runs) and John Eichler (two runs) had two RBI each.
Sean McCann (two walks) pitched for two innings and Gahm (walk) pitched for three, with neither allowing a hit and both striking out four.