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PREP ROUNDUP: East Union volleyball sweeps Sierra
East Union High

Coming off a tough loss against second-place Kimball, East Union’s volleyball team bounced back Monday with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-21 Valley Oak League sweep at Sierra.

Savannah LeBarre led the Lancers (3-5 VOL, 8-6 overall) with 11 kills and eight digs. Miekayla Surnip contributed nine kills and 14 assists. Dani James added 13 assists and six digs.

It’s the first of three league matches for East Union this week, with a road match at Weston Ranch scheduled for today. 

For Sierra (1-6, 5-7), which hosts its other cross-town rival — Manteca — today, Becca Thomson distributed 13 assists with Ashley Matteroli (four kills) and Natalie Dias (four kills, block) aiding the attack. Stella Brierly chipped in three service aces, and Jenna Villanueva pounded three kills of her own.

“The team is improving, but we need to capitalize when we have the momentum in the set,” Sierra coach Eryn Bowers said. 

Ripon 3, Riverbank 0

RIPON — The Indians (5-3 Trans Valley League, 9-5 overall) had no problems getting past Riverbank, 25-11, 25-15, 25-13.

Sydney Thomason led the assault with 10 kills with Shannon Johnson setting 25 assists to go with four aces. Macie McPeak paced the defense with 18 digs.


Ripon 148, Argonaut 177

RIPON — Gabbi Ilardi and Bianca Toledo each fired a 4-over 35 at Jack Tone Golf Course, helping Ripon remain unbeaten at 13-0 with two regular-season matches to go in Valley Foothill League North Division play.

Fellow Indian Kassidy Isham added a 38, while Argonaut’s Kaylee Weaver was in contention with a 39. Myra Toledo’s 40 capped off Ripon scoring. 


Bret Harte Invitational

ANGELS CAMP — Ripon showed well in the small-schools division Saturday at Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

Paced by Laila Irigoyen and Annie Wild’s sixth- and seventh-place finishes, the Indians varsity girls won the division championship with 41 points. Ripon Christian’s Elle Van Wyngarden rounded out the top 10 placers.

Ripon took fourth in varsity boys behind Abrahim Alsaidi’s fifth-place finish. Lathrop, which took eighth, was paced by Jose Soto in 12th place. 

In the large-schools division, Axel Rios ended up in ninth to help Sierra place 11th as a team. Lathrop’s Angel Ojeda and Ripon Christian’s Maya De Jong highlighted the lower levels by winning the junior varsity small-schools races. Taimane Lowery of Lathrop was the frosh-soph girls small-schools runner-up.

JV volleyball

Sierra 2, East Union 0

Elaina Threet came through for four kills and four aces, and Sierra held on for a 25-22, 28-26 victory.

“I’m super proud of the team and how they worked as one and fought through the final points,” T’wolves coach Jane Schneider said.

Erica Tovar contributed five kills to the win, and Jenna Dalen delivered 13 assists.

Ripon 2, Riverbank 0

Ripon swept 25-12, 25-12 while led by Brooke Brogan (four aces), Sierra Barrios (five kills and Hailey Peterson (nine assists)

Frosh volleyball

Sierra 2, East Union 0

The Timberwolves cruised to a 25-12, 25-13 victory, getting six assists from Rebecca Sutton and five kills from Cadence Fernandes.

“The girls did a great job tonight,” Sierra coach Kimmy Brooks said. “They constantly work hard and are doing well at incorporating key drills into our games.”

Ripon 2, Riverbank 0

Eden Velasco and Avery McKiernan hammered six kills apiece, as the Indians rolled to a 25-6, 25-16 TVL win.

Kacie Johnson chimed in with six service aces, and Erin Jackson handed out seven assists.