It was set up perfectly for East Union to celebrate senior night with a three-game sweep of visiting rival Sierra on Monday.
The Lancers led the third set 24-20 in the season finale for both clubs.
“We had all five of our seniors on the court, and I thought, ‘This is a pretty good way to end the season,’” said Rich Posz, who ended up capping his first season as EU’s head coach with a four-game win (25-21, 26-24, 24-26, 25-15). “I guess they were not done yet.”
Sierra went on to score the final six points to steal the third game and extend the match. With its regular lineup back on the court, East Union (5-9 Valley Oak League, 8-12 overall) sealed it with the most lopsided game score of the match.
If there is a city title to be won between the three Manteca schools, it would have to be shared this season. East Union avenged an earlier four-game loss to Sierra and also split with Manteca High, which, in turn, split its season series with Sierra (4-10, 4-12).
The Lancers enjoyed one of their best offensive matches of the season on Monday. Alexis Steele led the way with 11 kills, and she was supported by nine and eight kills from Monica King and Madison Hoffman, respectively. Setter Courtney Posz dished out 20 assists and had a team-high eight digs.
W. Ranch 3, Lathrop 0
In Stockton, the Cougars (6-8, 7-11) finished out the season as Manteca Unified’s top squad. They completed a season sweep of Lathrop (3-11) with their 25-19, 25-15, 25-20 victory.
Weston Ranch was led by its seniors. Setter Aoloni Etu churned out 20 assists and five aces, Niki Rayray recorded 10 digs and Candace Griffin slammed nine kills. Junior middle Melanie Amen contributed six kills.
Kimball 3, Manteca 0
The Buffaloes (2-12, 8-21) dropped their season finale at Winter Gym 16-25, 13-25, 21-25 to playoff-bound Kimball.
Julia Martinez anchored the front row with five kills and three blocks. McKenna Balmut also turned in five kills. Ashley Gase added 16 assists, and Nicole Magnuson finished with 11 digs.
Ripon Ch. 3, Waterford 0
In Waterford, the Knights completed a third straight 14-0 run in the SL. They swept every conference match, though that was in jeopardy during Monday’s 25-7, 27-25, 25-15 victory.
Kristy Van Diver clubbed 12 kills, Andie Shelton handed out 15 assists, Cassidy DeRousse came up with five blocks and Brittany Petlansky had 10 digs to go with seven aces.
East Union 2, Sierra 0
The Squires (7-7, 11-9) prevailed 25-14, 25-23 in what Coach Mike Morenzone called, “our best defensive game of the season.”
He said EU’s back row picked up 35 digs to just two negative passes, naming Deja Guzman, Estafany Jauregei and Sabrina Hernandez as some of his back-row standouts. Alejandra Rascon led the front row with five kills, and Destiny Flores served 11 points.