MANTECA -- After opening Valley Oak League play with two consecutive losses, defending champion Oakdale High needed a bounce-back match.
The Mustangs got it Thursday, as Jaci Powell had nine kills and seven aces on the way to a 25-11, 25-19, 25-22 win over Manteca.
With Powell in control at the net, Jackee Lee (22 assists) and Alexis Evans (12 digs) made sure the ball kept going her direction.
SIERRA 3, CERES 2, at Ceres -- Kayla Morel's sharp serving led to eight aces and led the Timberwolves (3-0 VOL) past the Bulldogs (1-2) 25-16, 25-20, 25-23. Kaylee Brown and Jode Hanson had four kills apiece for the Bulldogs, who nearly pulled out the third-game win.
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SONORA 3, EAST UNION 0, at Sonora -- Allison Holt was "amazing" at the net, according to her coach, which explains why the Wildcats (9-0, 3-0) dispatched the Valley Oak League rival Lancers (7-3, 2-1) with such ease. Holt had 10 kills to lead the Wildcats to a 25-7, 25-22, 25-19 win in a showdown between the league's first-place teams.
"Holt was amazing. They could hardly get a block or anything on her," said coach Kathryn Spotorno, whose Wildcats got 11 assists from Ali Chabot. HILMAR 3, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1, at Hilmar -- The Yellowjackets (17-2, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference) used their reliable tandem of Caitlin Benning (eight kills, three blocks, three aces) and Madison Harris (25 assists) for a 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18 win over the Raiders (5-3, 1-3).
ORESTIMBA 3, GUSTINE 0, at Gustine -- It didn't take long for the Warriors (15-5, 3-1 WAC) to bounce back from Tuesday's loss to first-place Hilmar, as Gwen Marks kept the action going with eight digs during a 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 win over the Redskins (4-7, 1-3).
MARIPOSA 3, WATERFORD 0, at Mariposa -- Carina Stephens' play at the net -- eight kills to lead the Grizzlies (4-3, 3-0) -- was too much for the Wildcats (0-3 SL) .
LIVINGSTON 3, PATTERSON 1, at Livingston -- Olivia Andam turned in a sharp performance at the net, collecting nine kills and seven blocks as the Wolves (2-6, 2-2) beat the Tigers 25-11, 23-15, 25-20, 25-22.