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ROUNDUP: Sierra volleyball, baseball open VOL with wins
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Brian Huyhn sends a spike past the East Union block during Sierra’s home volleyball match on Tuesday. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Sierra’s boys volleyball team opened Valley Oak League play Tuesday with a 25-13, 25-18, 22-25, 25-16 win over

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Sierra’s Austin Kim slaps the ball to the East Union defense. - photo by Wayne Thallander
visiting East Union.

It’s the fourth straight overall victory for the Timberwolves (1-0, 4-4 overall), who overcame 16 service errors.

“We had a good night overall,” Sierra coach Amy Rosendin said. “Communication was strong, our passes were controlled and we ran some nice plays for kills.”

Setter Brian Huynh highlighted the win with a near triple-double, producing 12 assists, 10 kills, six aces and two blocks. Noel Ruezga contributed seven assists and three kills.

David Caamano (four aces, five digs) and Arshdeep Dhaliwal swatted seven kills apiece. Ajay Grewall was in on five blocks.


Manteca 3, Kimball 0

The Buffaloes (1-0, 6-5 overall) coasted to a 25-8, 25-14, 25-16 sweep in their VOL opener at home.

Jon Rosas led the way with 29 assists, three kills and five aces. Camden Steckler and Angel Rodriguez netted 10 kills apiece.


Lathrop 3, Weston Ranch 0

The Manteca Unified rivals met for a non-league match claimed by the Spartans, 25-16, 25-14, 25-19.

Christian Green paced Lathrop (17-0) with 13 kills, six aces and nine digs. Tory Sumbler handed out 30 assists, while Diego Sanchez had 20 digs. Arman John chipped in seven kills, and Christopher Millan added six to go with seven digs.



Sierra 6, Kimball 3

Zac Cook went 3 for 4 and helped the Timberwolves (1-0 VOL, 6-9 overall) gain separation with a two-out, two-run single.

Tyler Looney scored twice, finishing 2 for 4 with a sacrifice bunt. Sierra totaled nine hits in support of Santi Duarte, who struck out seven, walked one and had one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. Jack Cunial closed it out with a strikeout.

“He was commanding his three pitches today, and it felt like he was in control of most of the game,” Sierra coach Travis Thomson said of Duarte. “He did a fantastic job opening up league play for us.”


Beyer 4, Lathrop 0

Jeremy Julien accounted for Lathrop’s lone hit in the Western Athletic Conference road loss. Henry Robinson struck out eight in the one-hit gem for Beyer.

Lathrop’s Alyuss Duenez also went the distance and struck out six but was done in by three errors. The Spartans won the junior varsity game, 8-3.



Manteca 8, East Union 1

The Buffaloes improved to 4-0 in the VOL while jump starting a big week that resumes today with a home match against also-unbeaten Central Catholic.

Nos. 1-4 singles players Jonas Mueller, Yok Chai Ma, Emiliano Hurtado and Ivan Barajas all netted 6-0, 6-0 sweeps Tuesday at Manteca Regional Tennis Center.

Luke Samson won the No. 5 matchup, 6-0, 6-2. East Union’s Gabriel Torres prevailed at the No. 6 spot, 3-6, 7-5, 10-6. Manteca took the lone doubles match, with Michael Osanna and Zerak Jalali winning, 6-1, 6-2. The Lancers forfeited the other two doubles matches.


JV boys volleyball

Manteca 2, Kimball 0

Manteca (1-0, 6-1) rolled to a 25-15, 25-12 sweep.

Fernando Lopez dished out 14 assists, while Johann Peringelil had seven kills. Christian Pesqueda chipped in four aces.


Lathrop 2, Weston Ranch 0

Brandon Sanchez and Alexander Vere amassed 20 and 17 digs, respectively, as the Spartans (10-1) held on for the 25-22, 26-24 victory.

Caiden Wisnieski contributed with three kills, two aces and 11 digs. Charles Reyes added eight assists, six digs and five aces.