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Fall Sports Wrap - Mustang Squads Win Some, Lose Some In VOL Play
10-19 OAK WP
Savannah Stender sends a shot toward the goal during action this season. Stender scored 15 goals during tournament play last weekend. - photo by IKE DODSON/THE LEADER

Oakdale High athletes on water polo, volleyball, soccer and tennis teams trudged through their respective prep schedules with wins and losses alike this past week.

Water Polo
The Oakdale varsity girls finished 11th in a packed Western States Tournament after a 3-2 record. The team beat Ponderosa, Merced and Clovis East, losing to Del Oro and St. Mary’s.
Cassie Lee led Oakdale with 16 goals during tournament action while Savannah Stender tallied 15. Shelby Stender chipped in six scores while goaltender Hayley Benson pulled in over 30 saves.
The first release of the Sac Joaquin Section power ratings has Oakdale (8-1 Valley Oak League) third among 31 division III teams with five conference matches to play.
If the playoffs were to begin this week, Oakdale would host Sacramento (5-3 Metro League) to start the postseason.
Oakdale maintained the high seed after a 3-0 win over Lathrop Oct. 11, and a 3-0 sweep of Sierra on Oct. 13. Justina Keith amassed 19 kills, 26 points and 11 digs across the two matches while Domi Powell added 12 kills, 11 points and two digs. Kaitlin Van Ryn tallied 10 kills, 19 points and 15 digs against both teams while McKenzie Willet (13 kills, nine digs) and Kellie Gratigny (20 points, 58 assists, eight digs) also came through with strong performances.
Oakdale followed impressive wins over second place Manteca and third place Sierra with a devastating 5-0 loss to host Kimball and a 3-3 tie with visiting Lathrop.
At 3-5-2, it would take nearly four consecutive victories to end the year for Oakdale to sneak into the Division IV SJS playoffs.
Javier Aguiniga scored two goals on Lathrop to advance his season total to nine. Daniel Martines added a score and an assist while Davis Harper and Oskar Nilsson added an assist each. Scotty McNeil had five saves for Oakdale in the tie.
Oakdale ousted East Union on Oct. 13 in an impressive 6-3 win after victories from Christine Kim, Emily Johnson and Kalkidan Curtis. Laurie Baxter and Katie Odom, Taylor Davis and Corin Hernandez and Francesca Orvis and Nicole Dickens all landed doubles wins.
Oakdale had previously bested Lathrop on Oct. 11 by a 9-0 score after wins across the entire lineup. All three doubles teams landed victories while Kim, Lindsay Dunn, Nicole Armstrong, Alejandra Martinez, Johnson and Curtis took singles wins.