Manteca’s girls golf team suffered its first defeat of the Valley Oak League season on Thursday, but head coach Andrea Hiatt is focused on the positives.
Oakdale beat the Buffaloes 232-285 on the Manteca Park Golf Course front nine. All five of Oakdale’s scorers were in the 40s with Taylor Stewart’s 5-over par 42 leading the way.
Manteca, though, continued to shave strokes despite playing its third match in as many days. Kylee Eberle carded an all-time best 51. Taylor Reed finished with a 56, Bella Gonzales and Sierra Martinez each had a 59, and Haighley Kissee rounded out the team score with a 60. Hiatt said she set a goal for her players to score under 60 and was proud to see the majority of them achieve that.
The Buffaloes (2-1) will next take on Kimball at Tracy Country Club next Thursday, Sept. 8.
East Union 259,
TRACY — The Lancers (1-1) evened their early-season record at Tracy Country Club behind medalist Natalie Cowan’s 42. Sophie White of Kimball was the runner-up with a 48.
Others contributing for East Union were Kindra Campbell (49), Hayley Leonard (52), Pressley Graham (56) and Kennedy Goodnough (60).
Sierra 3, Stagg 0
STOCKTON — Vanessa Benham dominated at the net, finishing with six kills and four blocks as the Timberwolves (2-1) coasted to a 25-17, 25-7, 25-18 victory.
Sierra 2, Stagg 0
Sierra rolled 25-3, 25-9 with Teresa Benham racking up 16 service points. Dulce Cruz provided offense at the net.
Sierra 2, Stagg 0
Setter Stella Brierly dished out 11 assists to go with 10 service points, and the Timberwolves made quick work of host Stagg, 25-12, 25-9
Diana Vargas-Zaragoza added eight service points, while Natalie Dias contributed strong play at the net.
Sierra 2, Chavez 1
The Timberwolves came from behind to knock off Chavez on the road Wednesday, 17-25, 25-9, 15-7.
Stella Brierly amassed 20 service points, and Alexis Flores had two assists.
Oakdale 9, Lathrop 0
OAKDALE — The Spartans were shut out but had chances to pick up points in their Valley Oak League contest.
No. 2 singles player Angela Algado dropped a 6-4, 0-6, 0-1 (6) loss to Carly Newbill. Eden Baca (4-6, 4-6) and Tala Alkhatib (3-5, 2-6) were also competitive in the No. 5 and 6 spots. The No. 1 doubles team of Marisa Briseno and Bernice Vilches lost 4-6, 1-6.
Gregori 5, Manteca 4
There were several close calls up and down the ladder in this non-league match at Manteca.
Stephanie Mercado (injury default), Gladis Sandoval (5-7, 6-1, 6-3) and Makenna Condit (6-1, 6-0) won their matches at Nos. 4-6 singles. Julianne Eavenson and Noeli Mercado took the No. 2 doubles match, 6-2, 7-5.
No. 3 Julia Tang was edged out, 6-1, 4-6, 3-6. Rav Dhillon and Navina Mann (3-6, 7-6, 5-7) and Melissa Poncini and Monica Lozano (4-6, 6-3, 1-6) also lost in three.