Manteca's girls volleyball team took the reigning Valley Oak League and Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion to a fifth set on Tuesday but came up short at Central Catholic, 23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 14-24, 10-15.
The Buffaloes used a balanced front-row attack featuring Camrenne Genilla (12 kills), Bella George (five kills, two blocks), Adrianna Powell (10 kills, four digs, three blocks) and Karlie Spohn (12 kills, five blocks).
Setter Arielle Chandler distributed 31 assists to go with three kills. Abbey Kadillak tallied 10 digs, seven assists and 20 service points.
Central Catholic was anchored by standout Abby Castillon's 12 kills and 18 digs. Kate Cover accumulated 23 assists.
Lathrop 3, Grace Davis 2
Lathrop opened its Western Athletic Conference schedule with a 25-18, 17-25, 24-26, 25-14, 15-2 victory.
Camila De La Garza amassed 42 assists and six aces. LaNicia Ellis and Sydney Hanks crushed 14 and eight kills, respectively. Alaba Olaleya (two aces), Charlene Bernal and Ke'mya Barnett slugged five kills each.
Grace Davis visits Lathrop for the rematch today.
Lathrop 3, Ripon Christian 0
In Ripon, the Spartans bounced from from their loss to RC with a resounding 25-15, 25-17, 26-24 sweep of the 2019 SJS Division III finalist.
Arman John highlighted Lathrop's upset win with 15 kills. Rael Carmesis handed out 30 assists while adding five blocks.
Christian Green (seven kills, five blocks), Jerico Santillan (four kills, two blocks) and middle blocker Jaedin Mellion (three kills, three blocks) were other key contributors.
Oakdale 233, Ripon 234
The Indians (1-2) narrowly lost to the reigning VOL champion at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
Ripon, the top team out of the Trans-Valley League, was led by Jeremie Little's 44. Kenny Johnson (45), Gage Anderson (47), Evan McKeon (48) and Trent Vink (50) followed. Oakdale's Ryan Meyer carded a 1-over-par.
Ripon also lost to the Mustangs on Monday at Oakdale Country Club, scoring a 230 while outpointing Kimball.
Sierra 7, Central Catholic 1
The Timberwolves opened their season with a lopsided VOL win on the road. They built a 4-0 lead by halftime.
AJ Paz (10th, 31st minutes) and Adrian Ramirez (20', 42') netted two goals apiece. Dylan Rogers, Paul Pimentel and Sameer Salehi each chipped in one. Amun Singh contributed with two assists. Lorenzo Reyes, Jacob DeRuyter, Emmanuel Ruiz, Francisco Becerra and Jacob Allen each had one.
Weston Ranch 2, Oakdale 2
It was a back-and-forth affair at the Ranch, and the Cougars were unable to hold onto a pair of leads.
They struck first in the 15th minute with Dannick Hernandez finishing off an assist from Alexis Chavez. Oakdale answered five minutes later on a set piece.
Weston Ranch recaptured the lead on Josemaria Barrera's penalty kick in the 60th minute but it was short-lived, as the Mustangs fired the equalizer in the 66th.
Goalkeeper Chris Lopez had three saves in 65 minutes.
JV boys volleyball
Ripon Christian 2, Lathrop 0
Ripon Christian swept the Spartans for the second time in as many nights, 25-20, 25-17.
Standouts for Lathrop were Charles Reyes (10 assists), Reniel Crisotomo (three kills) and Lucas Baluyut (four aces).
JV girls volleyball
Lathrop 2, Grace Davis 0
Lathrop dominated its season opener 25-5, 25-14, getting eight aces and three kills from Azul Maldonado.
Janessa Ward served seven aces. Julia Roaquin contributed three aces and three assists.
Manteca 2, Central Catholic 0
Jessica Almeida racked up 10 aces, five assists and two kills to propel the Buffaloes to a 25-22, 25-19 sweep.
Emily Inderbitzin (five digs) and Araceli Rubio (six aces, three assists) also keyed the win.
Frosh girls volleyball
Manteca 2, Escalon 1
The Buffaloes held on for a 23-25, 25-14, 15-10 win.
Sophia Nussbaumer spearheaded the offense with six aces and four kills. Danielle Grabowski contributed three aces and three kills. Susie Moreno (six digs) and Corrine Jones (four digs) each had four aces and two kills.