OAKDALE -- Oakdale High, with a potential Valley Oak League title match against rival Sonora a week away, did its best not to look ahead Tuesday night.
The Mustangs came out strong and made quick work of Central Valley, rolling to a 25-29, 25-14, 25-15 victory to stay within one game of first-place Sonora.
Jaci Powell had 11 kills as the Mustangs (17-3, 10-2) dominated at the net, while setter Jackie Lee served six aces and had 15 assists. Oakdale went on the road to beat Sonora in five games a few weeks ago, but the Wildcats (10-2) are a game ahead.
SONORA 3, CERES 0, at Ceres -- The Wildcats used fine play from Allison Holt (eight kills) and setter Ali Chabot (20 assists) to beat the Bulldogs (3-9 VOL) 25-7, 25-14, 25-12, despite 10 assists by Ceres' Chelsea Lomeli.
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SIERRA 3, EAST UNION 0, at East Union -- The Timberwolves (9-3 VOL) were eliminated from the title race, but are still in contention for second place after beating the rival Lancers (6-6) 25-18, 25-18, 25-18.
ORESTIMBA 3, HILMAR 2, at Newman -- There was no stopping Carlee Felber, which was bad news for The Bee's top-ranked small-school Yellowjackets (25-3, 12-1 Western Athletic Conference). The setter had a season-high 36 assists and 27 digs to lead the Warriors (21-8, 9-4) to a 13-25, 25-20, 26-24, 14-25, 16-14 win.
PATTERSON 3, GUSTINE 2, at Gustine -- Shelby Yamamoto's seven kills helped lift the Tigers (10-17, 3-9 WAC) over the Redskins (4-16, 1-12) 23-25, 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 15-9 in a back-and-forth match. Gustine's Veronica Perry was sharp with 14 aces.
MARIPOSA 3, DENAIR 1, at Denair -- The Coyotes (1-11 Southern League) aren't close to the Grizzlies (9-3) in the standings, but that didn't prevent them from throwing a scare into the visitors. Mariposa eventually pulled out a 25-21, 25-27, 25-20, 26-14 victory, despite a strong performance by Denair's duo of Janay Bankston (14 kills, 10 blocks) and setter Kortne Bacca (four aces, 27 assists and 14 digs).
LE GRAND 3, WATERFORD 0, at Waterford -- Jennifer Hansen (12 kills) and Megan Tilton (21 assists, four aces) provided the one-two punch the Bulldogs (17-1, 12-1 SL) needed for the win.
TURLOCK CHR. 3, DELHI 0, at Delhi -- The Eagles (19-11, 10-2 SL), looking to improve their seeding for playoffs, topped the Hawks 25-15, 25-16, 25-20.
CERES 4, EAST UNION 1, at Ceres -- Sisters McKenzy and Logan Harden rolled to straight-set wins as the Bulldogs (10-3 VOL) sealed a playoff berth by beating the Lancers (8-5). McKenzy Harden raised her record to 28-0.
Girls Water Polo
DAVIS 5, MODESTO 3, at Davis -- The Spartans (17-6, 10-3 Modesto Metro Conference) gained a degree of revenge, and moved into a tie for second place by beating the Panthers (10-3). In their first meeting, Modesto won by a goal.
PITMAN 13, LOS BANOS 4, at Turlock -- Hole-set Lyndsay Sutterley had four goals and the Pride (15-7, 12-0 Central California Conference) beat the Tigers to clinch the conference title. Pitman will open the playoffs Nov. 2 against the third-place team from the MMC at Johansen. The CCC's Nos. 2 and 3 teams will also be playing at Johansen.
Boys Water Polo
MODESTO 20, DAVIS 11, at Davis -- Greg Jones scored seven goals and Quinton Bailey had five, as the Panthers (11-2 MMC) geared up for next week's playoffs by rolling past the Spartans (2-11) to clinch second place. The score was tied at 6 before the Panthers pulled away.
DOWNEY 8, BEYER 6, at Beyer -- Tim Richard had three goals to lead the Knights over the Patriots in the MMC, despite four goals by Jason Marks.
TURLOCK 9, BUHACH COLONY 8, at Atwater -- The Bulldogs (9-2) moved a step closer to the CCC championship, as Zac Young scored with 14 seconds remaining in overtime for a win over the Thunder (6-5).
PITMAN 14, LOS BANOS 6, at Turlock -- Josh Day continued his late-season scoring streak -- he's led the Pride (6-5 CCC) in scoring each of the last six games -- by scoring seven goals to help beat the Tigers (1-11). It was the Pride's sixth win in the last seven games.