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ROUNDUP: Manteca girls volleyball wrap up season with 5-set win over Escalon
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The Manteca girls volleyball team warded off Escalon 25-17, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25, 15-12 Tuesday at Winter Gym to wrap up its short but successful season.

The Buffaloes finished 5-2, with both losses coming in five-set thrillers against reigning champion Central Catholic.  

Middle blocker Karlie Spohn stood out in the finale with 15 kills and eight blocks. Camrenne Genilla contributed nine kills and six aces to the attack. Ayana Van Staaveren tallied 16 service points and five kills. Katelyn Gross added five kills.

Abbey Kadillak recorded 15 digs, 13 service points and four aces. Kyaira Jacobs served 10 points and had five digs. Setter Arielle Chandler rung up 29 assists, five digs and three aces.


East Union 3, Lathrop 1

The Lancers (3-2) exacted revenge with a thrilling 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23 win one day after getting swept at home by Lathrop, which ends its season with an 8-2 record against Valley Oak League competition. 

The reigning Western Athletic Conference champion Spartans were competitive despite missing two seniors who opted to end their final season early. Tory Sumbler filled in for standout setter Rael Carmesis, collecting 40 assists and 15 digs. Christian Green clubbed 18 kills to go with two blocks. Arman John had 12 kills and 11 digs. Jerico Santillan added seven kills, one block and 15 digs. Chris Millan added six kills and two blocks. 

Manteca 3, Mountain House 0

Zach Huffstutler dominated the final set with four kills and four blocks, helping the Buffaloes (9-2) secure a 25-14, 26-24, 25-13 win. He finished with six kills and five blocks overall.

Outside Alejandro Tornero led the way with 14 kills. Camden Steckler chimed in with seven kills and five aces. Bryan Alvarez tallied 17 assists, three kills and a block. Angel Rodriguez had two kills and three aces. Connor Navarro handed out six assists. 


Ripon Christian 10, Escalon 0 (6)

The Knights (7-8 VOL, 8-8 overall) took out their recent frustrations on host Escalon (2-13, 2-16), tagging 16 hits en route to ending a four-game slide.

Will Gilbert (triple, run), Caleb Terpsma (triple, two RBIs, run), Eli Terpsma (RBI), Micah English (two runs, RBI), Jacob Kowes (two runs, RBI) and Dustin Hoekstra (two RBIs) had two knocks each. Jay Hoekstra contributed a double and two RBIs.

Gilbert was also the winning pitcher, going the distance in the mercy-shortened four-hitter. He struck out four and walked four.

Oakdale 11, Manteca 0 (5)

The visiting Buffaloes (8-7 VOL, 8-8 overall) had no answers for Noah Chelberg and first-place Oakdale (12-3, 13-4). The senior hurler twirled a three-hitter, striking out 11. 

Dylan DePrater got two of the hits for Manteca, while Lucas Krenz doled out the other. The Mustangs were led by Dominic Antinetti, who finished 3 for 3 with a double, triple, two runs and four driven in.


Weston Ranch 6, Escalon 1

Escalon (3-5-1) struck first, but Weston Ranch (6-2-1) otherwise dominated its home finale.

Aaron Silva, assisted by Choche Barrera, booted the equalizer and finished with his second hat trick of the week. 

The Ranch seized the lead for good early in the second half, pressing the visiting Cougars into an own goal. Angel Zapata and Barrera added a goal each. Dannick Hernandez contributed with an assist. Chris Lopez came up with three saves. 

JV girls volleyball

Escalon 2, Manteca 0

Jessica Almeida spiked four kills, while Payton Mahoney and Jill Santos contributed two apiece for Manteca (5-2).

Rayana Ladd served up three aces and Carysn Van Zant had one. 

Frosh girls volleyball

Manteca 2, Escalon 0

The Buffaloes concluded their shortened season with a 25-21, 25-22 win and undefeated record.

Susie Moreno led the way with her play on defense, coming up with six digs along with a kill. Ava Negranza finished with more than 10 assists and two service aces. Danielle Grabowski fired four aces and two kills, while Sophia Nussbaumer had four aces and one kill to pace the attack.