East Union’s Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Lopez ended the last two sets of a 25-12, 25-16, 25-23Valley Oak League sweep of Sierra with a kill, including one to end the match that capped a thrilling comeback for the Lancers.
The Timberwolves (1-7 VOL, 2-11 overall) led 22-19 in the third set when Mariah Jeffery (seven kills, two blocks) got a block to bring East Union (6-3, 12-11) within 22-20. The two teams dueled to 23-23 when Lopez (seven kills, three blocks) got a block to make the score 24-23 and then her kill for the last point of the night.
“I struggled a little bit to block once in a while but I did get the hang of it,” Lopez said. “And with my kills I rely on my technique. That last kill was set up nicely by Melissa King.”
Amy Gann had 14 service points with three aces and eight digs for the Lancers and Alissa Burrola had 11 service points, two aces three kills and five digs.
“We did really good the first two sets and in the third one we got a little relaxed,” East Union coach Rich Posz said. “Sierra started picking up their balls and getting them in play and we got a little flustered at times.
“But this team finds a way. We were down 22-19 and they found a way to battle back.”
Taylor Moss had 16 assists and nine digs for Sierra. Kristen Maestretti added 11 kills and Brianna Padua had 14 digs.
“We showed a lot of heart in that last game,” Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson said. “The girls obviously wanted it but they were just a little late getting started.”
In Tracy, Manteca (4-4, 6-7) dropped its second four-game loss in as many nights — 17-25, 25-23, 15-25, 15-25.
Beth Aschenbrenner recorded 20 assists, Melissa Hansen had 15 digs and Aryanna Martinez rapped out five kills for the Buffaloes. The team takes a break from league action next week but plays Grace Davis of the Modesto Metro Conference on Monday.
Weston Ranch 3, Lathrop 1
In Lathrop, Victoria Gulley and Elizabeth Alexander pounded 11 and 10 kills, respectively, and the Cougars rolled to a 24-26, 25-10, 25-10, 25-11 win after dropping a close first set.
Shayla Moore was deadly from the service line, where she racked up seven aces. Setter Jennifer Viguerias finished with 13 assists.
East Union 2, Sierra 0
The Lancers won 25-11, 25-11.
Genevieve Hammarstrom had four kills for the Timberwolves and Kayla Bolton added four assists.
East Union 2, Sierra 0
Isabel Marmolejo served seven aces in helping the Pages down Sierra 25-16, 25-21.
Makenzie Mattos contributed five kills, and Grace Hedin had 10 assists.
For the Timberwolves, Carlee Mahurin had two blocks had two blocks, two kills and an ace and Lindsey Walljasper had three aces, two kills and a block.