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ROUNDUP: Lathrop tennis wins on senior night; Ripon caps perfect TVL volleyball run
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Lathrop senior Riana Dela Cruz competes in the No. 3 singles match Wednesday against Grace Davis. - photo by Wayne Thallander

The Lathrop girls tennis team handily won its home finale Wednesday at Manteca Regional Tennis Center, downing Grace Davis on senior night, 7-2.

The Spartans, 5-8 in the Western Athletic Conference, swept every singles match. Madilynn Romero took care of business from the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-1. Eliza Alday cruised 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2.

Also winning were Riana Dela Cruz (6-4, 6-1), Mari Mejia-Moreno (6-0, 6-0), Justice Pacheco-Seward (6-3, 6-4) and Rachel Boateng (6-1, 6-3).

Nyimah Nuno and Alyvia Galano claimed the No. 1 doubles match, 6-2, 6-1. The No. 2 tandem of Janelle Lat and Brianna Fellisco were involved in the most competitive match but fell short, 3-6, 6-4, 12-14.

The WAC Tournament is next week at Pacheco.



Ripon 3, Riverbank 0

The Indians (10-0, 28-5 overall) can now focus on defending their Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title after completing a perfect run through the Trans-Valley League. They took care of Riverbank on the road, 25-14, 25-14, 25-8.

Reagan Wilkerson amassed 17 assists, five aces, three kills and two blocks. Kaya Whittaker chipped in eight assist and four aces.

Katherine Eskes (eight kills, two blocks), Kylee Fullmer (six kills, three blocks) and Adrianna Dorn (eight kills) anchored the front row. Amelia Lara had four aces and three digs.



Sierra 21, Bear Creek 11

The Timberwolves blew it open with a 7-2 second-quarter burst and didn’t look back in the non-league encounter in Stockton.

Collins Schluer accounted for four of those goals in the second quarter, finishing with a game-high eight. Zach Wallmer scored five, Bayan Ballew added three, and Erfan Ballew and Carson Murray each had two.

Jack Ferguson fired six goals for Bear Creek.


Ripon 12, St. Mary’s 6

The Indians traveled to Stockton and downed a solid large-school opponent behind Benny Rogers’ nine saves and a balanced attack.

McKeane Beier led them with three goals, two assists and three steals. Owen Curtiss also had three goals while coming up with two blocks. Brody Biedermann added two goals, two assists, two blocks and two steals.

Ryan Bell (assist), Ben Svoboda (three steals, assist), Matt Lee (assist) and Teo West (assist) added one goal apiece. Goalie Benny Rogers racked up nine saves.



Sierra 16, Bear Creek 6

The Timberwolves broke away after nursing a two-goal halftime lead, outscoring host Bear Creek 9-1 in the second half. They trailed 4-2 early in the second quarter but took over from there.

Gianna Ramos keyed the second-half barrage, scoring four goals in the third quarter and finishing with seven. Lauren Ellis tallied five goals. Amy Fadeff, Stephanie Thomason, Molly Allen and Bianca Fraser added one apiece.


Ripon 7, St. Mary’s 5

Tiffani Hunter and the Indians starred in this defensive battle. The junior goalkeeper accumulated 12 saves and six steals, while Crystallyn Tran had four blocks to go with a goal, an assist and a steal.

Maddie Stewart recorded two goals and two assists, and Reyna Biedermann had two goals and two steals. Maddie Curtiss (assist, two steals) and Sami Scheid (assist, steal) each added a goal. Faith Fasani contributed two assists and a steal.


JV volleyball

Ripon 2, Riverbank 0

Ripon finished TVL play in first place with the 25-7, 25-20 sweep.  

Kennedy Everhart collected five kills, three aces, two digs and a block. Alayna Sprinkle registered four kills, three aces and 10 assists. Jorie Eskes added three kills, two aces and four assists. Faith Gamez fired three aces.