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Looking to reverse 2017 fortunes
Sierra’s Ashlee Matteroli bumps the ball Saturday against Vanden in a multi-team scrimmage at Bear Creek High School in Stockton. - photo by DAVE CAMBPELL The Bulletin

The Sierra volleyball team started well last season and ended not so well, but with an infusion of new coaches and new players perhaps the Timberwolves can find the mojo they lost when Valley Oak League play began last year.

Sierra started off 8-1 before going 0-14 VOL, 8-15 overall. Despite going winless in league, the eight overall wins is as many as coach Trinity Johnson has had since her first year at the helm in 2010 when the Timberwolves went 8-12. 

 Johnson is looking for youth to help turn the corner.

 “We lost six seniors from last season which means every position will be need to be earned,” Johnson said. “But we have a lot of young blood. I truly am excited to see what this group of girls will accomplish this year.”

 Johnson has a new coaching staff with extensive experience in the club world – Eryka Dale will take over the reins of the freshman team Jane Schneider is the new junior varsity coach. 

 Sierra took part in a multi-team scrimmage on Saturday at Bear Creek and the Timberwolves have their first game Monday, Sept. 20, at home against former VOL foe Lathrop and begin VOL play Thursday, Sept. 6, at home against defending VOL champion Manteca.