In the first game it was Sierra.
In the second it was Manteca.
Over the course of the next two it would be all Sierra in a 25-18, 15-25, 25-16, 25-18 Valley Oak League victory over the Manteca Buffaloes Wednesday at Winter Gym.
Sierra looked as if it would push past Manteca with ease after a strong showing in the opening game. Sierra would open Game 2 with the same fire, jumping out to a 9-4 lead before faltering and getting outscored 21-6 the rest of the way.
After the collapse Sierra would respond, fighting off a determined Buffaloes group with strong finishes in both the third and fourth games. Sierra definitely looked like the superior club, but took a minor second game setback to get things in gear.
“I think that we have definitely turned over a new leaf,” Sierra head coach Trinity Johnson said. “We’ve figured some things out and have picked it up this second half of the season.”
The Buffaloes were only able to land the one win, but did so in grand fashion. Manteca trailed early, only to mount a ferocious comeback that saw the two clubs tied at 12-12.The Buffaloes would peel off a 9-0 run, seizing control of the game and seemingly the match. Their 10 point victory in the second game was not a sign of things to come, but more of a glimpse of what the Buffaloes could be.
“They finally started picking some things up and they were hot in that second game,” Manteca head coach Tim Horning said. “They were aggressive on the defensive side, they were aggressive offensively we played well. I told them the reason we beat them last time (3-0) was because of how we served them.
“So we started mixing it up and Julia (Martinez) was hot at the net and it was all working.”
Martinez would finish with a match-high 17 kills to go along with three blocks. Teammate Ashley Gase finished with eight aces and 25 assists.
Sierra was led by Allison Walljasper’s play at the net with five kills and four blocks. Walljasper added three aces to supplement her line. Teammate Valerie Nestor was as impressive, coming up with three timely blocks and six kills to help the Timberwolves.
“She played a big role for us today,” Johnson said of Nestor. “She has really made some strides and pulled it together.
“She really has been a big help to the team as a whole.”
Sonora 3, Lathrop 0
The Spartans had a tough task Wednesday and they club came up short in a 15-25, 23-25, 13-25 loss in VOL action.
The Spartans fought valiantly; especially in game two where the club pushed the Wildcats to the brink.
Lathrop got 16 blocks and seven kills from Loreal Taylor, while Jocelyn Aranda added seven kills. Lathrop also got 30 assists from Monica Brambila and 22 digs from Stephanie Maduli.
Manteca 2, Sierra 1
The Timberwolves dropped their VOL matchup with Sierra 23-25, 25-23, 12-15 Wednesday in league play.
Tayler Moss dished out nine assists, six aces and 10 digs to lead Sierra, while Morgan Willis added 11 digs and five kills.
Manteca 2, Sierra 0
The Timberwolves fell in two games to the Manteca Buffaloes 15-25 and 20-25 Wednesday in VOL action.
Megan Westfall had six digs and three assists for the Timberwolves, while Carolina Ortega added three kills and eight digs. Bela Carter had a pair of aces for the Timberwolves.