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Sierra’s volleyball team hopes to get rolling following Tuesday’s nights sweep of Lathrop.

The Timberwolves (1-2, 3-3 overall) opened the Valley Oak League portion of their schedule with landslide losses to defending co-champs Sonora and Oakdale, but they dispatched visiting Lathrop, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24.

Fabiola Lopez anchored Sierra with stellar all-around play, recording nine kills, eight assists, four digs and three blocks.Madison English added four kills and six digs, while Megan DeGroot finished with four digs and 13 assists.

Sierra and Lathrop split the lower-level contests.

In the sophomore match, Sierra coasted in two games (25-16, 25-8) behind Juliana DeAnda’s three aces and Kassy Alvarado’s two digs.

Lathrop prevailed in a three-game thriller (25-22, 14-25, 18-16). Leading Sierra was Rachel Hamilton with 10 service points and six aces. McKenna Albright swatted three kills.

Kimball 3, East Union 1

In Tracy Wednesday , East Union (2-1 VOL, 14-3-2 overall) looked to make a statement against the VOL’s third and final postseason qualifier from a year ago but struggled to recover from a lackluster start.

Kimball (2-1) won, 25-17, 25-10, 22-25, 25-18. The Jaguars recaptured control of the match by starting Game 4 on a 13-2 run. Monica King blasted 11 kills to lead the Lancers.

“We just didn’t seem to have a lot of energy tonight,” said East Union coach Rich Posz. “That’s how we played there last year, too, I don’t know what it is. We just didn’t do a very good job on serve receive tonight, which makes it hard to run an offense.”

Oakdale 3, Manteca 0

The Buffaloes (1-2, 3-4) had a rough go at Oakdale, which won decisively, 25-10, 25-15, 25-15.

Alyssa Burch posted five kills, while Morgan Miramontes finished with four to go with six digs. Beth Aschenbrenner contributed 13 assists.

“Oakdale is very good, but we didn’t play well enough,” Manteca coach Kevin Bolding said. “We started out slow and didn’t pass very well. It was one of those learning-experience games, which is good for us.”


Kimball 2, East Union 1

The Squires (2-1, 13-1) were dealt their first defeat of the season Wednesday. They split the first two sets (25-22, 18-25) before dropping the third 14-16 despite holding a 12-9 lead at one point.

Edny Lopez paced the attack with seven kills, while Haley England pitched in five. Deja Guzman and Alyssa Burrola led the defense with 25 and 23 digs, respectively.