The East Union Lancers gave Sierra High all they could, yet it wasn’t enough as Sierra improved its chances of continuing its season with a 3-0 win over the Lancers.
Sierra (10-5 Valley Oak league, 15-6 overall) fought off a determined Lancer squad 25-22, 25-10, 26-24 going into the VOL season finale Wednesday when they host Manteca.
“It was just a really slow paced match,” Sierra head coach Tevani Liotard said. “The third game I never had any doubt that we would turn it around, it’s just that we did it the hard way.”
The Timberwolves are currently sitting in the No. 16 seed in the 2009 Power Rankings for Sac-Joaquin Section Division III volleyball. Obviously, Sierra will want to close out the regular season with a win over Manteca, but the Buffaloes will not be interested in helping the Timberwolves reach their goals.
“I told my team that right now were lined up with St. Mary’s, which is ok with me,” Liotard said. “We just have to go in there and play our caliber of ball.
“Right now, were just focused on getting past Manteca.”
Modesty Rodriguez led the Timberwolves with 21 assists, 18 service points and six digs, while teammate Alysia Atkins chipped in 12 kills, four digs and four blocks. Jaslynn Liotard had her customary performance pounding home nine kills with four digs and a pair of blocks in the win.
The Timberwolves will try and close out the season the right way when they host the Buffaloes Wednesday for senior night.
Manteca 3, Lathrop 1
The Spartans are continuously getting better and better with each contest, yet the squad’s effort has not been able to turn into wins.
Manteca High held off the VOL newcomers 25-15, 22-25, 25-22, 25-20 for its sixth win in league play. Dallas Mould had a team-high seven kills, while Davina Bennett handed out 23 assists. Tara Dadasovich was masterful on the service points, collecting eight aces in the win.
“Tara was really our saving grace down the stretch,” head coach Tim Horning said. “She was really effective getting our serves in after that second game loss.”
Abigail Rosas made her presence felt with a team-high six digs.
Lathrop (1-14 VOL) was led by Britney Rallios who finished with 15 digs, Janel Butler’s 20 assists and Cecelia Lopez’ game-high 11 kills.
Weston Ranch 1
The Cougars bounced back and won the second game of the match, but could not keep pace down the stretch losing in four.
Weston Ranch competed throughout, dropping the match 19-25, 25-11, 25-27, 8-25 in the second to last game in VOL play. DeArbia Gardner led the team with seven kills and teammate Laura Ramos finished with five. Andrea Vega contributed 14 digs, Gretchen Monares added 10 while Anais Castillo finished the contest with a game-high 13 assists.
The Cougars (1-14 VOL) will try and close out the season on a positive not when they travel to Manteca and meet up with East Union High for the league finale Wednesday.