LATHROP — Heather Anderson finally has her first win as Lathrop High’s new volleyball coach.
And it came at the expense of her alma mater, as the Spartans finished strong in a 25-22, 18-25, 25-18, 25-13 victory over visiting Sierra.
“That made it extra special, for sure,” she said.
Joy Bautista led the balanced attack for Lathrop (1-1 Valley Oak League, 1-7 overall), racking up five kills along with 23 digs. Fasha Hayes added four kills and six assists. Myani Thornton also had four kills, as seven different Spartans contributed with at least one.
Sophomore Mary Cotton finished with four blocks. Brittany Johnson paced the back row with 25 digs. Setter Karina Chavez turned in 12 assists and 14 digs.
Sierra (0-2, 4-5) got four kills from Alexis Surnip, while Vanessa Benham contributed five kills and three blocks.
“We finally were able to eliminate some of those unforced errors,” Anderson said. “The rest of the night we were giving Sierra points, so we finally cleaned things up in the fourth set and we played with a lot of energy.
“I hope we can take the momentum into the next game,” she added. “I told the girls not to be satisfied with just one win. I want them to raise the expectations each time.”
Lathrop plays host to Central Catholic next Monday, while Sierra welcomes Manteca
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STOCKTON — The Buffaloes improved to 4-3 with their best score of the season.
Taylor Reed was the medalist with a season-low 48 at Van Buskirk Golf Course. Bella Gonzales registered a 52, Sierra Martinez a 53, Kylee Eberle a 55 and Haighley Kissee a 57.
Sierra Strambler led Weston Ranch with a 63.
Manteca (5-1) hosted Heritage of Brentwood in a nonleague contest in which the Buffaloes were well tested.
No. 6 singles player Makenna Condit won a pivotal match, 6-4, 7-5. The Buffaloes also claimed points at Nos. 3-5 from Julia Tang (6-2, 4-6, 10-4), Stephanie Mercado (6-3, 6-4) and Gladis Sandoval (6-1, 6-2).
Julianne Eavenson and Noeli Mercado won at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-0.
“Today was a great team match,” Manteca coach MaryAnn Tolbert said. “We had very competitive matches that challenged the girls and we were very excited to come away with the win against a very talented team.”
The Buffaloes return to Valley Oak League action today against East Union back at home.