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Sierra works Lathrop in three straight
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With the solid play of Modesty Rodriguez and Jaslynn Liotard serving as a springboard, the Sierra High volleyball team snatched three straight games from all-junior VOL newcomer Lathrop High.

Rodriguez helped improve the overall play of her teammates by putting up 17 assists and totaling nine digs while Liotard tallied 11 digs, 10 kills, and three blocks in the team’s 25-17, 25-15, and 25-20 win.

But Sierra coach Tevani Liotard wasn’t thrilled with the play she saw coming from the floor.

“We might have won in three games, but it wasn’t Sierra volleyball,” Liotard said. “It wasn’t up to my standard or what I expect out of my athletes.”

Chelsey Bereta scored 11 points for the Timberwolves – two of which were aces – and also had nine digs and three blocks on the night.

Sierra improves to 9-5 in VOL play and 14-6 overall.

While Lathrop remains winless heading into the season’s home stretch, head coach Angela Cuellar took the showing against Sierra as a step of forward progress for her brand new program.

“It was another tough night but we played very well and I know that Sierra was flustered for a while – everything they hit at us we were digging and digging well,” Cuellar said. “Last time we didn’t do as well but this time around we’re letting teams know that we are here and we are going to be a contender next year.”

Lathrop’s Britney Rallios totaled an impressive 25 digs and added four aces while Janel Butler tallied 15 assists and nine kill. Krystal Ruiz also had nine kills.

Manteca 3, Central Valley 1
Manteca stretched out a four-game win Wednesday night against Central Valley, winning 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, and 25-15.

Davina Bennett racked up 28 assists while Abigail Rosas totaled 15 digs. Both Rileigh Mankin and Dallas Mould record 8 kills, with Mould also contributing two blocks.

Tara Dadasovich had four aces.

The win improves Manteca’s record to 6-8 in the VOL and to 18-20 overall. They face Lathrop on Monday for the last game of their season.

Ceres 3, East Union 1
The Lancers put up a valiant effort, yet they came up short in a 15-25, 25-19, 14-25, 25-27 loss in VOL action. East Union battled in each of the four games, yet was only able to snatch one win in the Dalben Center.

“The girls played excellent volleyball games three and four,” Lancer head coach Eryn Bowers said. “We just have to start hot and be ready to go in game one.”

Taylor Maruca led the Lady Lancers with 15 assists, while teammate Brittany Anet LaMar paced the club with seven blocks. Amber Abidi amassed nine kills and Courtney Palmer chipped in six digs.

East Union (5-9) will likely miss a Sac-Joaquin Section Volleyball playoff tournament berth, dropping its second battle with the Bulldogs after winning the first 3-2 back on Sept. 30.
 – Jason Campbell