Volleyball: Wolf Pack loses close sets to St. Mary’s
by Bob Brownne
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Wolf Pack falls to Rams
West High senior Merinesa Saaga takes a shot against St. Mary’s High on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Steve Thornton Gymnasium.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The hustle and determination of the West High volleyball team were the few bright spots in a 3-0 home loss to St. Mary’s on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

St. Mary’s won the match 25-18, 25-11, 25-22, but the Pack threatened to make comebacks in the first and third sets as West handled some of the Rams’ shots and proved tough at the net.

Two extended rallies in the third set, and an eight-point scoring run at the end with senior Merinesa Saaga at the service line, made West competitive against St. Mary’s, the Tri-City Athletic League’s defending champions.

Saaga said the Wolf Pack (12-7, 1-2 TCAL) knew St. Mary’s would be strong on Tuesday.

"We knew they were going to be hard competition but our girls, we did good," she said. "It boosts our confidence level knowing that we kept up with a hard team like them."

Junior Gissel Larios added that the Pack adjusted to St. Mary’s aggressive play after the athletic Rams proved able to leap high at the net to drive home their kills shots.

"We were coming in with the mentality that it was going to be a hard game and we gave it our all," Larios said.

West kept the first set close with kills from Saaga and blocks at the net from junior Kate Bell. Larios and Bell proved tough at the net in the third set, and West came within one point of St. Mary’s in the middle of the set with sophomore Sarah Weaver at the service line.

Lincoln 3, Tracy 1

The Bulldogs held up well in the last two sets against San Joaquin Athletic Association leader Lincoln on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Stockton, but Tracy (7-2, 3-1 SJAA) was unable to launch a comeback. Lincoln won it with scores of 25-12, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20.

Tracy sophomore Grace Murphy led her team with 10 kills.

Junior Jenna Wesely scored five kills and had 23 digs and junior Casey Eddy-Berry had 23 digs.

Tracy still set itself up well in league play with a 3-2 win at Lodi High on Monday, Oct. 7.

Coach Mahina Tankersley said that it was the first time in her 11 years coaching the Tracy team that the Bulldogs have prevailed over the Flames.

Scores were 25-23, 16-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-13 in Tracy’s favor.

Top attackers for Tracy included Murphy with 10 kills and junior Mika Fithian with seven kills and four aces.

Lodi Academy 3, Delta Charter 0

The Delta Charter volleyball team (3-8, 2-7 Mountain Valley League) was on the verge of a comeback on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Lodi Academy, but the Dragons were unable to sustain their second-set momentum.

Lodi Academy won with scores of 25-19, 26-24, 25-9. Junior Emma Richardson was the Dragons’ top performer from the service line and had two aces.

The loss follows the Dragons’ 3-1 win over Excel Academy on Oct. 3 in Stockton. Delta Charter won it with scores of 22-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18. Richardson scored four aces and senior Charilyn Merrit scored three kills.

Kimball 3, Sierra 0

Kimball High’s volleyball team (7-5, 4-3 Valley Oak League) beat Sierra High in Manteca on Monday, Oct. 7, winning their sets 25-19, 25-22, 25-16. Iris Nelson scored 12 kills and had five digs, ZaNiah Bradshaw had 12 digs and Sarah Nunes provided 19 assists and two blocks.

Millennium 3, Elliot Christian 1

The Falcons fought back from a first-set loss to win a close match at Elliot Christian in Lodi on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Millennium (4-6, 3-2 CCAA) won it with scores of 27-29, 25-22, 25-10, 25-20. Senior Madison Carroll scored four kills, and had 12 assists and 22 digs.

Senior Drew Robbins had four aces and 23 digs, senior Bethel Zelalem had three aces, 12 assists and two kills, sophomore Kelly Lee had six kills and 23 digs and senior Morgan Johnson had five kills.

Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

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