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VOLLEYBALL: SIERRA 2nd IN OWN TOURNEY
T’Wolves fall to Mauraders in title finale
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Sierra’s Austin Cook gets the ball past a Patterson JV defender. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

Sierra went 3-1 in its own boys’ volleyball tournament on Saturday, finishing second place with a 0-2 loss to Jesuit of Carmichael in the championship game.

 The Marauders (16-1) handled the Timberwolves 25-14, 25-9 in the finale. Carson Hibbs had three kills for Sierra with Brandon Tan and Noel Ruezga each placing an ace. 

 Sierra downed Patterson (2-8) 9-25, 25-19, 15-13 in the semifinals. Austin Cook tallied three aces and two kills for the Timberwolves. Hibbs added 10 kills, Cyrus Hunter had eight kills and Ruezga made 11 assists. 

 Sierra wrapped up pool play with a 25-8, 25-16 win over Atwater (0-13). Hunter tallied five aces and six kills and Austin Cook had four kills. The Timberwolves opened pool play with a 25-10, 25-12 over Patterson junior varsity. Hunter, Hibbs and Cook had four kills each, Ruezga made 11 assists and Sid Goswami had four aces.

 Lathrop (21-1) suffered its first loss of the season in a semifinal tilt with Jesuit 18-25, 14-25. 

 “Jesuit had height, power, and a lot of blocks that slowed our offensive performance,” Spartans coach heather Anderson said. “We hung in there but unforced errors did us in.

 Gabriel Gutierrez had five kills and an ace for Lathrop. Sergio Tapia added four kills and an ace and Rael Carmesis dished out 12 assists.  

 Tyler Riggleman and Gutierrez had 10 kills and an ace each for the Spartans in a 25-20, 25-14 win over Patterson for third place. Adrian Corona had four kills, an ace and a block and Carmesis had 27 assists and two aces.

 Lathrop opened pool play with a 25-9, 25-15 win over Edison of Stockton (1-9). Gutierrez had eight kills and an ace, Tyler Riggleman added seven kills and four aces, Carmesis dished out 14 assists and Ysrael Gutierrez nailed six aces.

 In their pool-play finale, the Spartans downed El Capitan of Merced, 25-12, 25-15

Riggleman dominated at the net with 12 kills, two blocks and an ace. Tapia added six kills and a block, Gabriel Gutierrez chipped in four kills and a block an Carmesis had 20 assists.

“I am proud of the way we overcame our first loss of the season to finish with a win to get third place today,” Anderson said. “We competed well against a tough Jesuit team – they won the tournament – and this loss was a good learning experience for us as it was the kind of competition we will likely face in the playoffs.

 “When playing strong teams like them, you have to do the little things right because every point on unforced errors hurts even more.  We only have five more league games to prepare us for the playoffs so this game was really good for us in our long-term growth as a team. 

 Weston Ranch (8-4) finished sixth, going 2-2.