Sierra High's volleyball team had been looking forward to Thursday's match against Sonora, expecting it to be a showdown between the Valley Oak League's unbeaten teams.
It's still a key matchup, but it won't be a battle featuring two unbeatens tied for first -- because Sierra has the top spot all to itself.
Heather Scharmann had six kills and six blocks Tuesday night as Sierra (10-1, 6-0) topped host Weston Ranch 25-12, 25-20, 25-15, and Oakdale stunned Sonora (5-1 VOL) in a five-game battle in the foothills.
EAST UNION 3, MANTECA 1, at Manteca -- Marissa Navarro (15 kills, one block) tried to inspire the Buffaloes (2-4 VOL) to a come-from-behind victory, but the bid fell short as the crosstown rival Lancers escaped with a 25-21, 25-23, 25-27, 25-20.
"Marissa was hitting well and they were having a hard time picking up anything that she was throwing at them," Manteca coach Tim Horning said. "She did more serving than usual, and that helped bring us back. We just fell a little short."
CENTRAL VALLEY 3, CERES 2, at Ceres -- The sharp serving of Ruby Ramirez and Kala Causey (four aces apiece) led the Hawks (1-5 VOL) past the Bulldogs (1-5).
HILMAR 3, GUSTINE 0, at Gustine -- Madison Harris (13 assists) kept the ball moving around the court, while Caitlin Benning (six blocks) provided key points as the top-ranked small-school Yellowjackets (20-2, 7-0 WAC) beat the Redskins.
ORESTIMBA 3, LIVINGSTON 1, at Livingston -- Two of the Western Athletic Conference's top front-row players squared off in Orestimba's Ryan Ramos and Livingston's Olivia Andam, and Ramos' Warriors (17-6, 5-2 WAC) rallied past the Wolves (3-4) 23-25, 25-6, 25-20, 25-21. Ramos had eight kills, while Andam had 10 kills, three aces and two blocks.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, PATTERSON 1, at Patterson -- The Raiders (8-4, 4-3 WAC) stayed on a roll, with Kaitlyn Wesenberg (seven kills) and sister Kendall Wesenberg (five aces, 13 assists) leading them to a 25-23, 25-12, 24-26, 25-23 win over the Tigers (8-13, 1-6).
LE GRAND 3, DENAIR 0, at Denair -- The tandem of Bre Giampaoli (13 kills) and Jennifer Hanson (seven blocks) helped the Bulldogs (11-0, 6-0 Southern League) overwhelm the Coyotes (7-7, 1-5) 25-20, 25-20, 20-13, despite 14 assists and 11 digs from Korte Bacca.