BEE STAFF REPORTS
ATWATER -- Jaci Powell dominated the net Tuesday night, and Oakdale High needed every play she could produce to survive a five-set marathon and capture a 12-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 15-9 win over Buhach Colony.
Powell's great play up front leads way
While Powell was strong up front, setter Taylor Harper (21 assists) made sure the ball kept heading her direction as the Mustangs (5-0) won the final two games. Powell also had 26 digs.
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DOWNEY 3, EAST UNION 0, at Modesto -- The Lancers had no answer for Elise Neville, who had seven kills and 10 blocks to lead the Knights (2-0) to a 25-16, 25-9, 28-26 victory.
SONORA 3, BEYER 0, at Modesto -- With Ali Chabot (17 assists) running the offense and Allison Holt (10 kills) slapping back shots at the net, the Wildcats (5-0) handed the Patriots (0-2) a 25-18, 25-11, 25-17 loss.
MODESTO 3, TRACY 1, at Tracy -- Heather Sinclair had 14 blocks and played what coach Adrienne Uecker called an "amazing" match in helping the Panthers (1-1) win 25-17, 25-23, 19-25, 25-13. Also for Modesto, Ashley Nickell played a well-rounded game with 16 kills and 10 digs and Karen Wall had five aces and 32 assists.
HUGHSON 3, GUSTINE 1, at Hughson -- The Huskies (1-1) had 31 aces in a 20-25, 25-9, 25-20, 25-11 win. Brittany Bellmer had eight, and served 13 straight points in Game 2 before Gustine (1-3) got the ball back.
LOS BANOS 3, CERES 0, at Ceres -- Jessica Dearmon's presence at the net was a deciding factor, as she had eight kills to lead the Tigers past the Bulldogs 25-6, 25-7, 25-14. Ceres is 0-3.
BIG VALLEY 3, SIERRA CHR. 1, at Modesto -- The Lions' lineup shuffle paid off, as Krista Murphy and Tiffany Miller had 11 kills each to lead their team past the Crusaders 25-15, 25-18, 24-26, 25-22. "Miller had a big block in Game 4 that really closed the win for us," said Lions (1-3) coach Larry Hagstrom.
DENAIR 3, RIVERBANK 0, at Denair -- The Coyotes (5-2), who had been struggling recently, put their game together for a 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 win over the Bruins. Janay Bankston had eight kills for the Coyotes.
MANTECA 3, FRANKLIN 0, at Manteca -- Marissa Navarro's nine kills helped the Buffaloes (1-2) top Hilmar 25-20, 25-7, 25-23.
ESCALON 3, ORESTIMBA 1, at Newman -- The Cougars were able to build early leads on their way to a 25-16, 19-25, 25-12, 25-15 win over the Warriors (4-2). Kaitlyn Brayton had six aces for the Cougars.
MODESTO CHR. 3, ARGONAUT 2, at Salida -- The Crusaders (1-4), after coming close their last few matches, finally scored their first victory as Rebecca Roman had 11 digs and eight assists in a 28-26, 18-25, 27-25, 11-25, 15-10 win over the Mustangs.
JOHANSEN 251, DOWNEY 365, at Creekside -- The Vikings, favored to win the Modesto Metro Conference championship, have been as good as promised in the early season.
Allyssa Pena shot a 3-over 39, including birdies on Nos. 2 and 3, and Christine Uhalde had a 41 to lead the Vikings (3-0) past the Knights (1-2).
Pena nearly drove the 269-yard, par-4 second hole, coming up 10 yards short on the left side. She then chipped onto the green and made her birdie putt.
TURLOCK 265, PITMAN 273, at Diable Grande Ranch Course -- The defending Central California Conference champion Bulldogs (3-0) rallied behind Spencer Heller and Emily Szabo to beat the rival Pride (2-1 CCC). Heller shot a 43 and Szabo had a 48 on the par-36 course, while Pitman's top two -- Nicole Guzman (47) and Ashley Olsen (53) -- were a combined nine strokes behind Turlock's top tandem.
GOLDEN VALLEY 261, LOS BANOS 302, at The Forebay -- Erin Lalley's long game returned, helping her shoot a 43 on a windy, overcast day, but it wasn't enough to keep her Tigers (1-2 CCC) from falling to the Cougars (2-0 CCC).
"Erin came in laughing, saying she was glad to see her long game again and that it was her best match ever," Los Banos coach Laura Barger said. "She was hitting it long, with good placement, and she was real excited."
Defending CCC individual champion Belen Hernandez shot a 43 for the Cougars on the par-36 course.
HUGHSON D. LIVINGSTON, at River Oaks -- Erica Ballard continued her hot start to the season, collecting a birdie on the eighth hole on the way to shooting a 2-over 29 as the Huskies (3-0) won by forfeit over the Wolves (0-3) in the Valley Foothill League.
Teammate Cassie Anderson also shot a 29, chipping in for birdie on No. 2.
PATTERSON 217, MODESTO CHR. 266, at Diablo Grande Ranch Course -- Jessica Hansen's 48 led the first-place Tigers (3-0 VFL) past the Crusaders (1-2).
RIVERBANK 170, RIPON 219, at Escalon Golf Course -- Ashley Tapley's 38 included a birdie on No. 2 and lifted the Bruins (1-2 VFL) over the Indians (0-3) on the par-31 course.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 193, HILMAR 293, at Dryden Park -- Holly Wilcox parlayed four pars into a personal-best 44 as the Raiders (3-0) routed the Yellowjackets (0-3) on the par-37 course.
CENTRAL VALLEY 4, DOWNEY 1, at Modesto -- No. 1 singles Melissa Gonzales rallied for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Claudia Canela to lift the Hawks over the Knights. In No. 1 doubles, the Hawks' Jessica Rodriguez and Carissa Garcia bounced back from a second-set loss to knock off Natalie Lambert and Kendall Burke 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
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MODESTO 6, PITMAN 3, at Turlock -- Quinton Bailey, a jack-of-all-trades for the Panthers (1-0), scored twice and provided some key steals in the victory over the Pride (0-1). Modesto led 4-1 at halftime and goalie Jon Key finished with 15 saves.