Sierra’s boys and girls water polo teams both picked up their first-ever wins over visiting Oakdale on Thursday, putting themselves in a good position to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
The boys were able to preserve their halftime lead despite three exclusions in the third quarter, holding on for the 11-7 victory. Sierra’s girls scored nine of the first 10 goals in their game before cruising to a 16-6 win.
Both Timberwolves squads are in second place in the Valley Oak League. The top three teams advance to the postseason.
Collins Schluer accounted for six goals in the boys contest. Goalie Troy Morrow came up with six saves. Zach Walmer netted three goals. Bayan and Erfan Ballew tallied one apiece. The T’wolves had just four players in the pool at one point in the third period but only yielded two goals.
Keira Brink collected 14 saves in the girls game. Lauren Ellis amassed seven goals, Amy Fadeff had four, Gianna Ramos added three and Molly Added contributed two.
BOYS WATER POLO
Ripon 18, Sonora 7
Brody Biedermann (five blocks, three steals, assist) and Chetan Harvey (two blocks, assist, steal) fired three goals apiece, as the Indians rolled to a lopsided road win.
Ryan Bell, McKeane Beier (three assists, five steals, block) and Teo West (four assists, three steals) tallied two goals each.
Ben Svoboda (goal, four assists, two steals) and Nate Selna (two assists, two steals) were other key contributors. Benny Rogers and Andrew Hanker split time in goal, combining for nine saves.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Ripon 9, Sonora 6
Tiffani Hunter came through with eight saves, and Reyna Biedermann scored five goals to help Ripon come away victorious.
Faith Fasani added two goals, three assists and three steals. Maddie Curtiss collected four steals. Sami Scheid scored twice.
Manteca 3, Oakdale 0
Visiting Manteca (6-1 VOL, 12-6 overall) kept pace with Central Catholic thanks to the 25-16, 25-19, 25-20 win.
Michaela Singh produced 15 kills, 14 digs and three aces for her second double-double of the week. Taimane Tu’uga tagged 11 kills.
Ava Negranza set 15 assists, and Riley Ward had 14 assists to go with seven digs. Nicole Ayala paced the back row with 22 digs. Riley Slikker chimed in with 11 service points and five digs.
East Union 3, Kimball 0
The Lancers (2-5 VOL, 12-14 overall) followed up their big win over Central Catholic with a hard-earned 25-23, 26-24 victory against the visiting Jaguars from Tracy.
Meritiana Luani amassed 21 kills, Gisele Velazquez collected 31 digs and five kills, and Marcella Carrenza came up with 11 assists and 12 digs.
Manteca 7, Central Catholic 2
Manteca’s Emma Ngo downed VOL singles runner-up Mianna Robinson, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. It was one of four matches decided in third sets, and all of them were claimed by Buffaloes.
No. 2 Shreya Raman fended off Athena Niedeueather, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. Christina Nguyen raced past Meeland Taylor, 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. The fourth singles match was won by Michaila Springs against Gulsaya Grewal, 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.
The Buffs also got wins from No. 5 singles Parm Toor (6-2, 6-1), No. 2 doubles Simar Mann/Kristine Timario (7-6 , 7-5) and No. 3 doubles Rubi Sepulveda and Yazmin Guerra (6-0, 6-2).
Sierra 9, East Union 0
Navleen Dosanjh outlasted Trinity Pacheco 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 in the No. 1 singles match, preserving the team shutout for Sierra.
Maryn Peterson (6-4, 6-2), Kimmely Mejia (6-3, 6-3), Jaden Alton (6-2, 6-1), Natalie Mejia (6-1, 6-1) and Sasha Martin (6-1, 6-3) took care of the rest of the singles matches.
Doubles winners: No. 1 Manogna Veervalli/Munveer Dosanjh (6-1, 6-2), No. 2 Ella Chau/Elina Nguyen (6-3, 7-6 ) and No. 3. Aaste Bjerkholt/Dalia Elder (6-1, 6-0).
Ripon 159, Hilmar 174
Medalist Katie Martin carded a 4-over 35 at Jack Tone Golf Course.
Aaliyah Martinez was the overall runner-up with a 37. Anna Fisher added a 41, and Kennedy Winter scored a 46.
Lilly Garza posted a 38 for Hilmar.
Oakdale 240, Sierra 337
Hannah Hershbach and Xcaret Duque netted 44s for the host Mustangs at Oakdale Golf & Country Club.
Emma Basile paced Sierra with a 56. Lindsey Rose added a 67.
East Union 2, Kimball 0
East Union fended off Kimball 25-23, 25-14, getting 12 assists and 10 service points from Jill Ramirez.
Gwen Baker contributed seven kills, seven digs and six service points. Bailey Ford had seven kills and two aces.
Manteca 2, Oakdale 0
The Buffaloes swept, 25-18, 25-17.
Amaya Zavala led the way with 15 assists. Marissa San Nicolas collected seven digs. Alia Shelbourne registered eight service points, four digs, four kills and three aces. Peyton McDonald added four kills and four digs.
Kimball 2, East Union 0
EU was swept, 19-25, 16-25.
Kaylee Bruyan paced the Lancers with seven service points and eight assists. Chantell Ochoa produced 10 digs. Andi Guibor served six points and two aces.
Manteca 2, Oakdale 0
Maylea Sims posted 15 assists, three digs and two aces, as Manteca swept, 25-18, 25-19.
Nai’ima Calderon crushed seven kills and two aces. Isabella Diaz chimed in with four kills and four digs. Chloe Martin anchored the defense with 11 digs.