Senior Night did not start out well for East Union on Monday.
Sierra, still seeking its first Valley Oak League win of the season, played the part of spoilers as it rolled to a 25-13 win in the opening set at Dalben Center. The Lancers found their rhythm for the remainder of the match, claiming the final three, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15.
“We started out with really low energy,” East Union coach Kim Brooks said. “After losing the first set it would have been very easy for us to be down and out. Instead, they came together as a team and kept fighting. … I am proud of the teamwork and leadership that they had tonight.”
One of six seniors honored Monday, Sophie Williams blasted seven kills and picked up eight digs to lead East Union (4-9 VOL, 5-11 overall). Setter Vanessa Cuellar handed out 17 assists to go with a match-high seven aces. Isabel Marmolejo spiked six kills, libero LaEssa Pierce collected eight digs and Kassandra Avila ended up with 10 assists and four digs.
Vanessa Benham paced Sierra (0-13, 4-18) with six blocks and four kills. Lindsey Walljasper contributed five blocks. Kayla Bolton and Emma Brierly (three kills) finished with eight assists apiece.
Weston Ranch 0
LATHROP — Lathrop (7-15) made program history Monday on Senior Night.
With the Spartans’ six seniors getting most of the playing time, they swept past rival Weston Ranch 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 to improve to 5-8 in the Valley Oak League. Lathrop’s previous high for most VOL wins in a season was four back in 2010.
“Our six seniors got to start, and I told them I’ll keep them in the game as long as they play well and they were in there for all three sets,” Lathrop coach Heather Anderson said. “I had to fill in with one junior throughout the match, but it was fun to watch. A lot of them played out of position but they did really well.”
Alysia Baca was one of the seniors who took advantage of the extended playing time, finishing with seven aces. Setter/outside hitter Fasha Hayes led the team with five kills, 10 digs and eight assists. Fellow seniors Joy Bautista (three kills, eight assists, two blocks), Brittany Johnson (three kills), Ayzher Ocsona (10 digs) and Danya Phillips (three blocks) also keyed the win. Junior outside Malia Akers added five kills.
Ripon Christian 3,
RIPON — The Knights (11-1 SL, 18-10 overall) are a win away from winning at least a co-championship after thrashing Gustine 25-12, 25-10, 25-14 on Senior Night.
Carly Eastham led the charge with nine kills, four digs and four aces. Makenzie Miller racked up three kills, two blocks and three aces. Bethany Silveira pitched in five digs and three assists. Setter Elizabeth Weststeyn had 22 assists.
East Union 2, Sierra 0
Lydia Lumley accumulated six kills and 11 aces to lead East Union’s 25-12, 25-22 sweep.
Angelical Mercado chipped in with 15 assists, while Jaidyn Valencia had 10 digs.
Persable Tecle led Sierra with four kills.
Sierra 2, East Union 0
Joceline Dominguez compiled 19 service points, six of them aces as the Timberwolves won, 25-21, 25-15.
Felicia LaQuaglia dished out 10 assists, and Natalie Dias rapped a pair of kills.