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Ripon makes big splash in VOL water polo opener
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Ripon High boys’ water polo squad opened Valley Oak League play Tuesday with an impressive 16-7 win over visiting Oakdale.
Noah Esenwein led the way, scoring 10 goals including five in second period. Ty Wells added four.
The Indians (1-0 VOL, 7-5) also got an 11-save effort from goalie Matthew De La O against the Mustangs (0-1 VOL, 1-11).
Esenwein and Wells helped Ripon take a 5-4 lead in the first. But then Esenwein’s scoring barrage coupled with a pair of goals from Wells helped the Indians claim an 11-5 advantage by the break.
Maika West and Lucas Esenwein also chipped in with goals during the final two periods.
Noah Esenwein, in addition, had eight of his team’s 19 steals to go along with five blocks.
Ripon 3, Hughson 0
The Indians notched a big Trans Valley League victory over second-place Hughson on Tuesday.
Ripon (2-2 TVL, 4-8) swept it in three games, 25-18, 25-17, 25-21.
Mia Van Lewen and Makayla Buie helped pave the way with 10 and nine kills, respectively. Van Lewen also had a block while Buie had seven digs.
Junior libero Deven Stokes came through with 18 digs and junior setter Rachel Sausedo dished out 16 assists.
In addition, senior middle blocker Jessica Stanley had three kills and five blocks while sophomore Alyssa Barrios delivered four kills and three blocks against the visiting Huskies (4-3 TVL, 10-8).

Lathrop 5, East Union 4
The Spartans dominated singles play in a VOL match against host East Union.
The matched was similar to that of the first meeting between the two teams, with Lathrop winning that one as well.
No. 1 singles player Angela Alegado rolled past the Lancers’ Erica Canas in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.
Tala Alkhatib, Lathrop’s No. 2 player, defeated Isabel Moreno (6-4, 6-1), and No. 3 Kim Victoria took care of Angel Volk in two sets (6-2, 6-3).
The Spartans’ Darlene Hoang needed two hard-found sets (7-5, 6-3) to get past East Union’s No. 4 player Sarah Gleockler.
The Lancers’ Jennifer Garcia did stop No 5 Bernice Vilches in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
East Union also swept the doubles competition.
The top team of Hailey Gosney and Nadia Cardona defeated Lathrop’s duo of Erica Garlet and Leslie Barazza in two sets, 6-3, 6-0.
Nicole Bueno and Carmen Tantaros, the Lancers’ No. 2 pairing, handled Marissa Briseno and Harman Gracha in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
East Union’s No. 3 team of Giana Telles and Julia Telles took care of Tammy Pham and Kimberly Bareng in two sets, 6-3, 6-1.
East Union 6,
Weston Ranch 3
The Lancers swept the doubles play while edging past the Cougars.
Cardona and Gosney defeated Weston Ranch’s No. 1 team of Alelih Galvadores and Mimi Laseinde, 6-0, 6-1.
Bueno and Torres, East Union’s No. 2, beat Jella Bactac and Ekam Kaur, 6-2, 6-1.
Julia and Giana Telles handled Cougars’ No. 3 Lisette Loera and Chandl Singh, 6-1, 6-1.
In singles action, No. 1 Cana and No. 2 Moreno were straight set winners for the Lancers.
No. 3 player Brandee Jeffery needed three sets before prevailing over Weston Ranch’s Elaine Pasqual, 6-3, 6-7, 7-5.
The Cougars’ No. 3 player Carly Burks stopped Volk (6-0, 7-6) while No. 6 Angelee Rivera did likewise to East Union’s Garcia (6-0, 6-3).
Justice Stitt, Weston Ranch’s No. 4 player, battled Sarah Gleodder in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Sierra 8, Central 1
The Timberwolves rolled past visiting Central Catholic during Tuesday’s VOL match.
Sierra swept singles paced by No. 1 player Kaitlyn Rausa, who took care of Sarah Van Ness in two sets, 6-2, 6-1.
Likewise for No. 2 Nadia Petrovic, who rolled past Suzanne Manseau, 6-2, 6-2.
Ellie Kim dispatched the Raiders’ No. 3 player Isabella Naraghi in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4 Melanie Nguyen took care of Christina Miller in two sets, 6-0, 6-1.
In the bottom rung of the ladder, Natalie Rootsaert edged Central’s No. 5 player Isabella Kacho (6-4, 6-4) while Sierra’s No. 6 Sydney Huynh needed an extra set to slip Anne Dunn (4-6, 6-2, 6-1).

Kimball 238, Sierra 316
The Sierra High girls golf team slipped to 3-8 in the Valley Oak League after Monday’s 316-238 loss to Kimball at Manteca Park.
The Jaguars’ No. 1 player Kayla Naldo, who earned medalist honors, paved the way with a 3-under-par 40 for the nine-hole course.
No. 3 Sophie Whaite (43) finished three strokes back while No. 2 Sarah Perdue carded a 49 for Kimball (9-3 VOL).
The Timberwolves top player Bryanna Gavino fired a team-best 50. She was followed by Hailee Looney (58), Hailee Trzcinski (66) and Balkirat Kaur (68).

Central 264, Manteca 267
The Buffaloes fell a few strokes shy against Central Catholic at Dryden Park on Tuesday.
In VOL match, Alyssa Gutierrez, Manteca’s No. 5 golfer, shot a team-best 50 over nine holes.
The Buffaloes’ top player Taylor Reed (52) finished two strokes back while No. 3 golfer Michaela Pangburn and No. 6 player Kylee Eberle carded identical 54s.
Beth Gonzales, Manteca’s No. 4, chipped in with a 57.