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ROUNDUP: Spartans stave off Lancers in boys volleyball
East Union-Lathrop boys volleyball
East Union’s Jai Aquino pounds the spike through the block of Lathrop’s Alexander Vere. - photo by Wayne Thallander

East Union’s boys volleyball team threatened to extend its non-league match at Lathrop on Tuesday but came up short in the four-game defeat, 20-25, 26-24, 17-25, 24.26.

The visiting Lancers (1-2) were led by Jai Aquino’s 12 kills and two blocks. Setter Rodolfo Rocha racked up 21 assists, three kills and two aces.

Guadalupe Reyes contributed seven kills to the attack, while Noah Holdren had five kills and four blocks.

East Union will look to bounce back Thursday in Merced against El Capitan, while Lathrop (1-1) hosts Manteca on the same night.



Manteca 10, Liberty Ranch 5

After starting the season by splitting two pitchers’ duels, Buffaloes (2-1) got their bats going Tuesday in Galt.

They totaled 12 hits and scored six runs in the final two innings to race away with the victory. Jayana Dias led them with three hits and two RBIs.

Maleiah Garza (double, four RBIs), Chloe Martin (three runs, steal) and Lauren Moncada (two runs, RBI, steal) all finished 2 for 3. Sienna Lowery plated three runs.

Isabel Tonna was the winning pitcher after giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks over six innings. She also struck out three batters. Riley Ward pitched the final inning.



Ripon 4, Linden 1

Sahaj Gill highlighted the boys-only non-league match, defeating Raul Zepeda 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles contest. Gill battled back from a 3-4 deficit in the opening set and dominated the rest of the way.

Levi Lundrigan added another singles win for the Indians, as he topped Parker Buzo, 6-2, 6-0.

Ripon prevailed in the two doubles matches. Winning tandems were Gideon Waters/Tate Douglas (6-1, 6-2) and the freshmen Santiago Avendano Avila/Matthew Tharakan (6-1, 6-3). 


JV softball

Manteca 18, Liberty Ranch 11

In a game packed with plenty of offense, Audrey Flores came through with several clutch plays on defense that helped keep the Buffaloes ahead.