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Sierra falls in three in league opener to defending champs
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Sierra High’s 4-0 start to the season is followed by its first losing streak.

And it doesn’t get any easier for the Timberwolves.

They opened the Valley Oak League season Thursday with a 13-25, 19-25, 7-25 loss to visiting Sonora — the conference’s defending champion.

Up next is 2009 runner-up Oakdale on the road. Sierra capped non-league action with a three-game loss to West in Tracy Wednesday.

First-year varsity coach Trinity Johnson was encouraged with the fight her players showed in the first two games, but execution was inconsistent.

“We were able to keep up and rally with them, we just couldn’t finish the plays,” she said.

Senior Alysia Atkins did what she could from the front row, churning out five kills and three blocks. Sarah Konecny picked up 13 digs, and setter Gabby Olmo had three assists.

Weston Ranch 3, Kimball 1
At Weston Ranch, the Cougars (1-0, 5-1) continued their early-season roll but were tested by first-year varsity Kimball of Tracy. They prevailed 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19.

Julia Olaya led the way with six kills, middle blocker Sidney Carter produced three kills and two blocks, Desiree Fonoti pitched in four aces and Robyn Sison handed out eight assists.

The Weston Ranch sophomore team also pulled out a tough win — 25-11, 13-25, 15-10.
Oakdale 3, Lathrop 0
At Lathrop, Justina Keith slammed down nine kills for Oakdale (1-0, 3-3) to lead all players.

Krystal Ruiz, CeCe Lopez and Blessie Caro each had three for the Spartans (0-1, 3-2) with the nine assists coming from Janel Butler.

Scrappy Britney Rallios was busy in the back row, where she recorded 12 digs.

Lathrop’s freshman team picked up its first win of the regular season Thursday.

Lower levels
Sonora 2, Sierra 1
The host Timberwolves dropped a three-game thriller — 25-20, 15-25, 12-15.

Valerie Nester controlled the middle with eight blocks to go with two kills. Stevie Leeman led the attack with six kills, and Iyana Hughes contributed three kills and two blocks. Sommer Wilson had nine digs.

Sierra 2, Sonora 1
Sierra (1-0, 5-0) hung tough to preserve its perfect record in come-from-behind fashion. After dropping the first match in a blowout, 9-25, the T’Wolves fired back with 25-23 and 15-11 victories.

Claudia Hunter paced Sierra with two kills, seven assists, 14 service points and two aces. Allison Walljasper finished with four blocks and three digs, and Kristen DeBrouwer led the back row with four digs.