An improved effort Manteca did not keep Lathrop from gaining another win on Tuesday, as it down the Buffaloes for the second time in as many days, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 25-10.
The Western Athletic Conference champion Spartans (5-1) have now won five straight playing a schedule consisting mostly of Valley Oak League schools. They hosted the rematch against the Buffaloes (5-2), who were undefeated coming into the week.
Tory Sumbler anchored the Lathrop back row with 40 digs. Christopher Millian also keyed the defense, coming up with eight blocks. Arman John racked up a team-high 12 kills to go with three blocks, while Christian Green finished with eight and five. Setter Rael Carmesis accumulated 27 assists and nine digs.
For Manteca, sophomore middle Camden Steckler pounded out 10 kills, Alejandro Tornero tallied seven kills and two blocks and Zachary Huffstutler spiked six kills. Jon Rosas dished out 15 assists, while Bryan Alvarez had six assists and three kills.
Central Catholic 3, Manteca 2
For the second time this season, the Buffaloes took the reigning VOL champion Raiders to a fifth set only come up short at Winter Gym, 25-21, 10-25, 19-25, 25-21, 10-15.
Adrianna Powell registered 14 kills and 10 service points, while Karlie Spohn added 13 kills and five blocks. Abbey Kadillak collected 20 digs, 17 service points and four aces. Arielle Chandler set 37 assists. Kyaira Jacobs contributed 16 service points, three aces and six digs.
Kate Cover amassed 50 assists, eight kills and four aces for Central Catholic. Abby Castillon fired 22 kills, and Tessa Gallo had 16 kills along with six aces.
Patterson 3, Lathrop 0
The Spartans traveled to Patterson and were swept, 19-25, 13-25, 22-25.
Sydney Hanks piled up nine blocks to go with three kills. Alaba Olaleye chimed in with six kills and four digs. Camila De La Garza posted 12 assists, six digs and three aces.
Manteca 8, Kimball 5
Visiting Manteca (7-4) moved to within a game of the top spot in the VOL standings.
Sophomore Alex Murrietta was the winning pitcher, striking out five over 4 2/3 innings. He was replaced by Dylan DePrater, and they combined for a four-hitter.
Mikey Elder and Joaquin Gurrola each had two hits and two runs. Zach Todd drove in three runs and legged out a triple.
Weston Ranch 2, Ripon Christian 0
Dustin Tinsley and the Cougars (2-11) turned in their best effort of the season to upset the hottest club in the VOL on the road.
The junior hurler twirled a two-hit gem and was backed by an outstanding defense. He also struck out two, walked one and hit one.
“He had great command of all three of his pitches and I’m proud of the way he came out and competed,” Weston Ranch coach David Hager said. “When he does that we have a chance to win, and the guys played fantastic defense behind him.”
Rogelio Ruvalcaba knocked in Jose Aguilar for the go-ahead run in the top of the third. Aguilar, a freshman, later roped a two-out hit to plate Alejandro Piedra in the seventh.
Joseph DeBruyn and Grant Sonke doled out the hits for Ripon Christian (7-5 VOL, 8-5 overall), which had won four straight and eight of its last nine. Will Gilbert went the distance from the mound, fanning six in a two-hitter.
Weston Ranch 6, Central Catholic 1
Aaron Silva scored two goals and assisted another in the Cougars’ lopsided win at home.
Alexis Chavez also had a brace, while Armando Montes and Aaron Martinez added one goal apiece. Montes’ tally was the highlight of the match, hitting a banger from outside the penalty box.
Cesar Juarez recorded three saves while filling in for the team’s starting and back-up goalies. Weston Ranch improved to 3-1-1.
Central Catholic 242, Sierra DQ
Zach Van Zwaluwenburg paced Sierra with a 11-over-par 47 Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course, finishing in a third-place tie overall. Central Catholic’s Brad Machado was low medalist with a 40.
Konner Spears (51), Jimmy Thai (58) and Aiden Hillard (63) also scored for the Timberwolves.
JV girls volleyball
Manteca 2, Central Catholic 0
The Buffaloes narrowly avoided a third set, escaping with a 25-20, 26-25 victory.
Payton Mahoney came through for four kills, two blocks and two aces. Jessica Almeida handed out 12 assists to go with four kills. Emily Inderbitzin finished with 10 digs, two aces and two kills. Aracelli Rubio added three kills and six assist. Jill Santos picked up a team-high 17 digs.
Lathrop 2, Patterson 0
Lathrop held on for the 25-18, 25-25 sweep.
Azul Maldonado highlighted the match with nine kills and seven digs. Janessa Ward had eight kills and two aces. Julia Roaquin notched 17 assists and seven digs.