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VOLLEYBALL: Jaguars claw back to avoid upset loss at East Union
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East Union again came up short of upsetting the Valley Oak League’s second-place team on Thursday, as Kimball came back to escape Dalben Center with a 22-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-11 win.
“Tonight was a heartbreaker,” East Union coach Chelsea Herrera said.
The Lancers (2-5, 7-6 overall) previously dropped a five-set loss at Kimball (6-1, 15-4) three weeks ago. Herrera said the disparity of experience was evident in the rematch.
“Our girls the first two games were moving their feet really well, talking and communicating,” she said. “Then the jitters set in. Experience was key. They (Kimball) have a lot of experience and it showed tonight. They did all the little things right.”
Her core four juniors led the way. Savannah LeBarre clobbered 20 kills while gathering 15 digs, five aces and three blocks. Miekayla Surnip contributed 12 kills, seven digs, 17 assists and two aces. Baylee Spencer chimed in with four kills and 16 blocks. Melissa Scogna added seven kills, 12 blocks and five digs.
East Union looks to bounce back next Monday at rival East Union.

Lathrop 3, Pacheco 0
LOS BANOS — The Spartans (9-0, 10-2 overall) are set to square off with reigning champion Beyer following their one-sided 25-9, 25-16, 25-13 win.
Beyer visits Lathrop next Tuesday with the Western Athletic Conference title on the line.
Jahsita Fa’ali’i collected 15 digs, six aces and four digs against Pacheco, while setter Jennifer Santillan put up 26 assists. Ke’Mya Barnett (four blocks, four digs), Rylie Asuncion and Sydney Hanks contributed four kills apiece. Hailey Hunter added 14 digs and five aces.

Ripon Christian 3, Waterford 0
WATERFORD — The Southern League’s top club swept, 25-17, 25-16, 25-11.
The Knights (8-0, 13-3) were paced by Ariel Vander Woude’s near-triple-double of eight kills, 14 assists and 15 digs. Emily Van Groningen turned in 11 kills, 10 digs and five aces. Morgan Van Elderen chipped in five kills and 10 assists. Natasha Smith also had five kills.

Central Catholic 3, Weston Ranch 0
MODESTO — The Raiders (7-0, 15-7) remain atop the VOL standings with their dominant 25-8, 25-4, 25-12 victory.
Abby Castillon fired 14 kills and five aces, while McKenzie Lettice amassed 33 assists.

Junior varsity
Lathrop 2, Pacheco 1

Lathrop’s perfect record in WAC play was in jeopardy Thursday, but the Spartans pulled through for a 22-25, 25-16, 17-15 triumph.
Lylliana Avila and Isabella Gomez tagged seven kills each, while Camila De La Garza anchored the attack with 21 assists. Thracylie Acoba highlighted the defense with 17 digs.

Lathrop 2, Pacheco 0

Irais Martinez registered eight digs and three aces as Lathrop cruised 25-12, 25-17.
Dana Mandanas had 10 digs, and Alejandra Vazquez divvied out 11 assists.