LATHROP — The Lathrop High volleyball team continues to be a tough out for the rest of the Valley Oak League.
On Monday, the Spartans took the first set against defending champion Oakdale but could not muster another in a 25-22, 17-25, 19-25, 20-25 loss. Lathrop (2-5, 2-11 overall) was only swept once — by VOL-leading Kimball — in its first round of league contests.
“Oakdale’s been a volleyball powerhouse for the decade I’ve been involved (in the VOL as both player and coach),” Lathrop coach Heather Anderson said. “The fact we took them to four sets is huge. The girls came out very well, we had people stepping up off the bench left and right and it was really a well-rounded effort.
“I think we approach every game as underdogs and our goal is to earn some respect, but even so we’re not satisfied in losing in four.”
Danya Phillips provided a spark for Lathrop with her six kills. Joy Bautista (three aces) and Myani Thornton pounded four kills apiece. Brittany Johnson and Ayzher Ocsona recorded 22 and 18 digs, respectively. Karina Chavez handed out 18 assists.
“Danya is in her first year playing volleyball as a senior and she’s really coming around,” Anderson said. “That’s big for our team.”
Lathrop looks to avenge a five-set loss to East Union at home Wednesday.
Oakdale 2, Lathrop 0
Outside hitter Jasmine Denning, middle blocker Jordan Corner and libero Krystal Tempra led Lathrop in a 20-25, 16-25 loss.
Manteca 271, Lathrop 392
Kylie Eberle and Haighley Kissee were co-medalists with 14-over 51s at Manteca Park Golf Course on Monday.
Bella Gonzales (53), Sierra Martinez (54) and Brianna Pease (62) rounded out scoring for the 7-6 Buffaloes. Chloe Malicoat led Lathrop with a 74.
Manteca looks to close out the regular season with a winning record today against visiting Kimball.