TRACY – Modesty Rodriguez keeps finding open teammates and it keeps leading to Sierra wins.
Rodriguez broke a Sierra school record for assists in a match with 32 Thursday night in a 25-16, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Division-I West.
Alysia Atkins sent home 17 kills and stuffed five blocks, while net-mate Jaslynn Liotard boomed home 11 winners and rebuked seven blocks.
Nicole Sylvester handled the endline with ease, sending home 17 service points (three aces), while Michelle Arroyo racked up 10 service points (three aces) and three digs.
“The starting lineup is starting to gel,” Sierra head coach Tevani Liotard said. “West was hitting hard, but we would dig, pass and send it back. There were a lot of great rallies. The team is looking good.”
Liotard’s word for the night was “power,” and the Timberwolves turned in another powerful performance. Liotard said team chemistry has led to a cohesive unit with players that are playing for each other on the court.
Sierra (1-0 VOL, 6-1 overall) is home all next week, but will host three tough matches.
Sonora visits Monday, Ceres Wednesday and Oakdale Thursday.
Ripon 3, Modesto Christian 0
In Ripon, the Indians moved to 2-0 in league play with a 26-24, 25-15, 25-20 win over Modesto Christian.
Ashley Robinson had six aces and seven kills, and Kelsey Johnston turned in 39 assists.
Cheyann DePrue had 12 kills, and 10 digs, and Coryn Hernandez had seven kills and seven blocks.
Lauren Feddersen had seven kills, and Lauren Goeppert had 10 digs.
“I’m not sure what happened in the first game,” Ripon head coach Larry Keethe said. “But we came together in the second, and built a huge lead in the third.”
Ripon (2-0 TVL, 15-5 overall) takes on RC and Riverbank next week.
In Riverbank, the Knights (1-1) evened their TVL mark with an easy sweep (25-8, 25-17, 25-23).
Kelsey Tillema took control on the front line with 10 kills and four blocks. Setter Michelle Terpstra handed out 24 assists while recording four aces from the service line. Brittany Petlansky led the defense with 14 digs.