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VOLLEYBALL: Manteca secures VOL co-title with sweep of East Union
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Manteca's Arielle Chandler (21) and Karlie Spohn (8) defend East Union's Valerie Ochoa (23). - photo by Dave Campbell

Manteca’s Abbey Kadillak knows how to put an exclamation point on things.

One of 10 Buffaloes seniors, Kadillak finished the second set Thursday against host East Union on a 5-0 service run behind three aces as Manteca clinched a share of the Valley Oak League title with a 25-8, 25-10, 25-10 sweep of the Lancers at Dalben Center.

“Coming into this game we all knew what we wanted,” Kadillak said, “We all played our hearts out because this was our last league game.”

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Manteca's Adrianna Powell (4) hits into the defense of East Union's Elizabeth Johnson (8). - photo by Dave Campbell

Kadillak (assist) led the Buffaloes in digs and aces at nine and seven, respectively, as Manteca (11-1 VOL, 24-6 overall) racked up 20 aces.

Arielle Chandler dished out 20 assists for Manteca along with two kills and an ace.

“This was a very exciting night,” Chandler said. “We haven’t won the VOL in a long time and it was great to be a part of.

“I have been looking forward to this forever.”

Karlie Spohn posted eight kills, four digs and three aces for the Buffaloes with Adrianna Powell (six kills, two digs, assist), Camrenne Genilla (four kills, two digs, assist), and Isabella Pires (three aces, two assists, dig) all contributing to the Manteca attack.

Buffaloes coach Robin Chandler is looking forward to the playoffs.

“We finished tied for first with Central Catholic,” Coach Chandler said. “And now it is on to playoffs. This is very exciting.

“This is a very special group with 10 seniors. They worked hard to get here so I am very, very proud of them.”

East Union (2-10, 3-16) came into Thursday’s rescheduled contest coming off of a tough match Wednesday night.

“The girls had a rough-and-tumble competition with Kimball on Wednesday winning in five,” Lancers coach Chelsea Herrera said. “So they are kind of drained. This was a rescheduled game and it was tough to get prepared for this. Volleyball is a mental, emotional and physical game and Manteca is just mentally and emotionally stacked.

“We have some girls who are young now but look out for next year. We won’t be losing anyone, so when we come back Meritiana Luani will be good. Our middles Donnese Payne and Mariela Navarro will be amazing because they will be ready to go in the front row.”

Bella Israel had five digs and an ace for East Union. Mariela Navarro added four blocks and three kills, Payne had five kills and two service points and Luani tallied three digs and a kill.



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Jayana Dias was busy in the back row for the Buffaloes with nine aces and four back-row kills.

Manteca’s Nicole Ayala posted eight digs and multiple assists and Ariel De La O added three kills.