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Sierra downs reigning co-champ CC
Central Catholic-Sierra girls volleyball
Sierra setter Rebecca Thomson (2) tries to tip the ball against Central Catholic. Sierra defeated the defending Valley Oak League co-champion in four sets. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

Sierra started its big week with a four-game win over reigning Valley Oak League co-champion Central Catholic on Tuesday.

The Timberwolves (2-0, 11-1 overall) prevailed 25-16, 19-25, 25-17, 25-16. They’ll return home Thursday to face Manteca, the VOL’s other defending champ.


Kimball 3, East Union 1

The Jaguars from Tracy raced away from Dalben Center with an 18-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-8 victory.

East Union (0-2 VOL, 8-6 overall) was paced by Valerie Ochoa’s eight kills and four digs. Defensive specialist Bella Israel had 15 digs. Marcella Carranza chipped in seven assists, five digs and four aces. Mariela Navarro had three kills and two blocks.


Oakdale 3, Manteca 1

The Buffaloes (1-1 VOL, 8-5 overall) dropped a competitive four-set defeat at Oakdale, 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25.

Michaela Singh amassed 15 kills and six digs. Courtney Washburn contributed 14 kills and three blocks.

Setter Jessica Almeida handed out 21 assists to go with seven digs and four aces. Carsyn Van Zant contributed nine kills and three blocks. Riley Slikker paced the back row with 18 digs.


Lathrop 3, Los Banos 0

Azul Maldonado netted 14 kills, 10 digs and four aces, as the host Spartans (5-1, 7-4 overall) swept the Western Athletic Conference match at home, 25-11, 25-18, 25-19.

Alaba Olaleye added six kills, two aces and 12 digs. Camila De La Garza registered 14 assists and seven digs, while fellow setter Alejandra Vasquez came up with 11 assists. Celeste Narvaez came up with a team-high 18 digs.


Junior varsity

Kimball 2, East Union 0

The Lancers fell short 22-25, 21-25 despite Gisele Velazquez’s five kills, four digs and two aces.

Laura Montanez dished out six assists.


Oakdale 2, Manteca 1

Manteca was edged out on the road, 22-25, 25-21, 12-15.

Jayana Dias distributed 17 assists while adding four kills and five digs. Sophia Nussbaumer chipped in six digs, three kills and two aces. Peyton McDonald and Isabella Medina hammered nine and six kills, respectively.


Lathrop 2, Los Banos 0

The Spartans cruised to a 25-10, 25-15 victory behind Annie Millan’s four kills, seven digs and two aces.

Julia Roaquin came up with 12 assists, Justine Mabutas tallied seven digs and Zoe Cejas picked up 12 digs.



East Union 2, Kimball 1

Jocelyn Gonzalez produced six kills and three aces to help the Lancers squeak out the 25-18, 12-25, 15-11 home win.

Maci Quimette tallied five assists and five service points. Caliyah Lopez fired three aces.


Oakdale 2, Manteca 1

The Buffaloes came up short, 23-25, 25-20, 9-15.

Riley Ward collected nine assists, three aces and two kills. Talia Shelbourne added five kills and three aces. Jocelyn Baptist chimed in with four kills and three aces. Kamiyah Johnson had three aces and three digs.


Los Banos 2, Lathrop 1

Visiting Los Banos escaped with a 25-22, 22-25, 15-4 win.

Kriselle Matela fired six aces and six assists. Jazmine Jiminez (two blocks) and Dayanara Machuca blasted four kills apiece.