Manteca appeared to be on its way to a sweep Lathrop after claiming the first two games Monday at Winter Gym.
The visiting Spartans proved once again to be a formidable foe despite their one-win record.
In the end, Manteca rallied behind eight consecutive service points from Kaitlyn Morenzone at the start of the fifth set to come away with a 25-17, 25-15, 20-25, 22-25, 15-3 win in Valley Oak League action.
“They hung tough,” Manteca coach Kevin Bolding said of Lathrop. “It didn’t bother them being down two games to none. For us, it was a matter of regrouping and getting the job done.
“They started (Game 5) serving and we got a quick sideout, and we turned around and got on a nice serving run. Kaitlyn did a great job of hitting her spots. That was huge, and it got us right back on track.”
Morenzone finished with 25 service points and six aces. Manteca improved to 4-1 in league and 7-2 overall to keep pace with first-place Kimball, which hosts the Buffaloes on Wednesday.
“I was really proud of the way my team played tonight, but you can’t help but look at that fifth set and recognize that we did not show up,” Lathrop coach Heather Anderson said. “We really put a lot of pressure on Manteca and forced a lot of errors, but we only played four games when we needed to play five.”
Payton Reis paced Manteca’s high-powered front line with 15 kills. Destanie Elliott added 12 kills and three blocks, Rhiannon Genilla pitched in with seven kills and Kacy Bolding had seven kills and three blocks.
Manteca libero Tawny Deerinck collected 21 digs, 16 service points and two aces. Sarah Inderbitzin contributed four blocks.
“Manteca is one of the top teams in the VOL with some really big hitters,” Anderson said. “One thing we’ve really struggled with is defense, but my girls stepped up tonight.”
Joy Bautista led the Lathrop defense with 22 digs but also spearheaded the attack with six kills. Karina Chavez chimed in with 20 digs and 12 assists. Brittany Johnson and Ayzher Ocsona were also busy on the back line, each finishing with 18 digs. Mary Cotton and Malia Akers had four and three blocks, respectively. Fasha Hayes contributed four kills and three assists.
Kimball 3, Sierra 0
TRACY —The Timberwolves (0-5, 4-8) struggled to keep pace with VOL-leading Kimball (5-0, 9-7) in a 12-25, 14-25, 20-25 defeat.
Vanessa Benham finished with four kills and three digs for Sierra. Rachel Hamilton picked up eight digs.
Lathrop 2, Manteca 0
The Spartans rallied for a 25-11, 25-23 sweep at Manteca.
They were led by Joselyn Hurtado’s five kills, while Jordan Corner added three. Krystal Pempra recorded 11 digs.
Kimball 2, Sierra 1
Sierra fell short in a three-set defeat, 25-22, 11-25, 11-15.
Stella Brierly tallied four assists, two aces and two kills. Diana Vargas-Zaragoza served three aces.