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Power ratings released: No. 1 Knights sweep TC
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The Sac-Joaquin Section released its midseason playoff power ratings for volleyball Monday, and to no one’s surprise Ripon Christian is No. 1 in Division V.

The Knights proved why Monday night in their three-game sweep  (25-18, 25-21, 25-13) of Southern League rival Turlock Christian.

Mikaela Alger churned out 10 kills and two blocks for RC, which moved to 10-0 in conference play and 16-3 overall. Morgan Alger contributed nine kills, Andie Shelton 30 assists and Teagan Manus two blocks.

Rebekah Muller led Turlock Christian (6-4, 13-12) with six kills and 13 assists.

In the Division-III power ratings, East Union paces area Valley Oak League schools from the No.-11 spot. Manteca is 15th, Weston Ranch 22nd and Sierra 27th.

Ripon of the Trans-Valley League is No. 7 in Division IV, and VOL representative Lathrop is 32nd.

The top 16 teams in Divisions I-IV qualify for the playoffs, top 12 in the Division V and top eight in Division VI.

Sonora 3, Weston Ranch 0

In Sonora, the Cougars (4-7 VOL, 8-9 overall) struggled to keep up with the first-place Wildcats in a three-game defeat (8-25, 11-25, 13-25).

Brandy Bowers and Candisse Griffin each pounded three kills, and Aoloni Etu dished out seven assists.

Sophomore volleyball

Sonora 2, Weston Ranch 0

Taylor Holiday slapped down five kills, and Melanie Amen chipped in three to go with a block for Weston Ranch (2-9, 7-10), which fell 19-25, 10-25.

Alex Marapao set eight assists, and Danica Ramos picked up five digs.


Sierra 6, East Union 3

The Timberwolves (7-6) continued their impressive play through the second half of the VOL season Monday, doing most of their damage with their singles ladder.

Vannida Nguyen (6-1, 6-1), Imahni Burks (6-2, 6-3), Naomi Nunis (6-1, 6-3), Maddie Banks (6-3, 7-6 [8-6]) and Annie Banks (7-5, 6-0) came through with singles victories. Rosie Reynolds and Brenda Padilla claimed the No. 1 doubles match in three competitive sets — 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-5.

Scoring for East Union were No. 3 singles Klasey Kachalkin (6-2, 7-6 [8-6]), No. 2 doubles Amanda Jane Lopez and MacKenzie Everett (7-6 [7-4], 6-4) and No. 3 doubles Asrid Hernandez and Maddie Ramero (6-7 [6-8], 6-1, 6-4).

Freshman football

Manteca 28, Sonora 19

Hector Soto scored on two touchdown runs from scrimmage and added a third with a 75-yard return on the opening kickoff of the second half. He followed a 25-yard TD scamper with a 2-point conversion run with 1:20 left, putting the game out of reach.

Lechi Nkwocha added 5-yard TD run, for the Buffaloes, who are now three wins from a perfect 10-0 season and a second-straight VOL title.