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ROUNDUP: EU sweeps Manteca in boys volleyball
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Elaina Threet slugs a spike for Sierra against the Lathrop block on Wednesday. - photo by Wayne Thallander

East Union’s boys volleyball team avenged defeat for a second straight night, sweeping past host Manteca 25-12, 25-18, 25-15 on Wednesday.

The Lancers (4-2) got even with Lathrop on Tuesday, and the rematch with Manteca was payback for a five-set loss last week. 

Alejandro Tornero finished with six kills for the Buffaloes (9-3), Angel Rodriguez chipped in three kills and two aces. Camden Steckler also had three kills, and Bryan Alvarez contributed 10 assists and two kills.


East Union at Sierra 

Cooper Freeman threatened a longstanding East Union record in a non-scored meet at Sierra. The distance standout won the 3,200-meter race in 9 minutes, 21 seconds, just 3 seconds off of Justin Willingham’s mark set about two decades go.

Other top performers for the Lancers included double-winners Zelmar Vedder (100, 200) and Linda Medrano (mile, 800). Evan Cooper won the 800, took second in the mile and anchored both winning relays.

Winning one event each were April Duarte (800), Lang Yim (high jump) and Mikaya Surnip (long jump).

The Valley Oak League meet takes place June 2 at Oakdale High.


Manteca 309, East Union DQ

Karson Condit finished 10-over 46 to lead the Buffaloes at Manteca Park Golf Course. East Union was disqualified for not fielding enough players.

Connor DePrater (55), Zack Boldin (65), Mathew Hathaway (70) and Andrew Robison (73) were Manteca’s other scorers.


East Union 6, Weston Ranch 0

Taylor McMahon fired four goals on senior night, while Hailey Sims and Tallon Cervantez added one each for the Lancers (7-3 VOL, 8-3 overall).

McMahon and Sims were among the seniors recognized along with Selena Medeiros, Jasmine Ruiz and the goalkeeping tandem of Malia Allen and Kylie Mendez who had the opportunity to play field positions and attempt shots. 

“Even though this is my first year with the girls program, I’ve been coaching here at EU since these seniors were freshmen,” coach Jason Silva said. “These girls have been the heart and soul of the girls program for the last few years and it’s definitely sad to see them go, but I’m proud of their accomplishments.”

Meanwhile, Weston Ranch was highlighted by Kehura Ellerbe’s school record 26 saves. 

“Kehura and the team tonight played very aggressive,” Weston Ranch coach Gabe Padilla said. “We kept a good EU team off the scoreboard for 60 minutes but at a point we got complacent and lost our intensity and they pounced on that. We just have to find a way to keep our energy for all 80 inutes and not take a play off. This has to be our next step.”

Sierra 8, Escalon 0

Annika Rose burned Escalon for three goals and two assists in the one-sided win for Sierra (8-0-2 VOL, 10-0-2 overall), which attempted 38 shots. 

Tiana Cello and Jocelin Roa netted two goals each. Zoie Willson, Lela Schluer and Roa added one assist apiece. Annika Beall recorded four saves.,

Manteca 4, Oakdale 0

Cameron Silva scored a brace, while Caitlynn Wong and Isabella Avila accounted for the other goals. 

Esmeralda Ochoa and Sienna Jones contributed with assists. Willow Stearns kept the sheet clean for the Buffaloes (4-1-1 VOL, 10-1-1 overall) with four saves. 

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Rebecca Thomson delivers the set for Sierra as the Timberwolves take on host Lathrop. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Sierra 3, Lathrop 1

The Spartans fell short against visiting Sierra, 23-25, 8-25, 25-23, 15-25.

Camila de la Garza led Lathrop with 17 assists and five digs. Sydney Hanks anchored the front row with seven blocks and seven kills. Alaba Olaleye and Lylliana Avila also tagged seven kills each.

Frosh girls volleyball

Sierra 2, Lathrop 0

Lathrop was swept, 10-25, 14-25.

Riana Dela Cruz tallied two aces and two assists for the Spartans. Breeya Cosido had five digs and two aces.