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East Union duo, Ranch OH make All-VOL 1st team
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East Union middle blocker Edmi Lopez joined fellow Lancer Estefany Jauregui on the All-Valley Oak League first team. - photo by HIME ROMERO/Bulletin file photo

Three Manteca-area standouts landed spots on the All-Valley Oak League volleyball first team.

Fourth-place East Union (8-6 VOL, 17-15 overall) is represented by two: Junior middle blocker Edmi Lopez and senior libero Estefany Jauregui. Lopez led the Lancers with 175 kills (2.2 per set) to go with 24 blocks. Jauregui finished with a team-high 237 digs.  Junior outside hitter Haley England (156 kills, 17 blocks) was named to the second team.

East Union’s signature win of the season was a four-game upset of eventual league champion Oakdale. It was the team’s first victory over the Mustangs in seven years.

Weston Ranch outside hitter Victoria Gulley joins the East Union tandem on the all-VOL first team. She had 144 kills, 29 aces and 121 digs for the Cougars (5-9, 10-11), who won three of their final five matches and dropped a competitive five-set contest to East Union during that stretch.

Oakdale (13-1, 21-11) was the only VOL team to win a postseason game and was swept by Rio Americano in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Tournament. Senior outside hitter Jennifer Guzman (150 kills, 47 aces, 18 blocks, 113 digs) was voted Most Valuable Player. The Mustangs had five on the all-league first and second teams with one earning honorable mention.

Perhaps the most surprising first-team omission was Manteca senior middle blocker Alyssa Burch, one of three Buffaloes awarded second-team honors. The 6-foot-1 Burch was one of the league’s most dominant front-row players, tallying 165 kills and 84 blocks. She racked up 24 blocks during an impressive three-match stretch in league play.

Senior setter Beth Aschenbrenner (457 assists, 22 aces) and junior libero Melissa Hansen (294 digs) were the other Manteca players named to the second team. It’s the second straight year that Aschenbrenner and Burch both made the second-team list.

Manteca (7-7, 10-10) finished with at least a .500 record after failing to do so for five consecutive seasons. The Buffaloes swept East Union to start league and capped off their season with their best effort, a five-game victory over postseason qualifying Kimball (9-5, 18-20).

Sierra outside hitter Kristen Maestretti established herself as one of the VOL’s top all-around players and was a second-team selection. The Timberwolves went 2-12 in league and 3-16 overall.

Amy Gann (East Union), Tayler Moss (Sierra), Ashley Diboki (Lathrop) and Elisabeth Alexander (Weston Ranch) earned honorable mention.