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Oakdale Sees Mixed Results In Busy Week
Fall Sports Wrap
Oakdales Dakota McNeal gets set to pass the ball during a recent warm up drill for the boys water polo team. Oakdale makes their home debut on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Oakdale High School Aquatic Center. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Three weeks into the fall high school sports season and some teams have entered league play with a bang, while others are wrapping up non-league contests. Oakdale’s golf, volleyball, tennis and both girls and boys water polo were all in action this past week. Here is a quick glance at how each of the squads fared.



On Tuesday, Sept. 6 the girls hosted Weston Ranch. Oakdale won the contest 9-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Five of the six singles won in straight sets for Oakdale and Kendell Kiely won in three sets. Oakdale’s doubles dominated as the tandems of Taryn Lane and Shannen Yang; McKenzie Brown and Lijian Bacud; and Breanna Morgan and Tayla Barry all won in straight sets to cap off the victory. Thursday, Sept. 8 saw the girls hit the road to take on East Union where Oakdale won 8-1 over the Lancers. A clean sweep for the doubles teams and five singles girls all came away with victories in straight sets. Oakdale took on Kimball at Tracy for their third match of the regular season. The match took place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 following The Leader’s press time. That will be their lone match of the week until they return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Sierra.



Oakdale girls golf continues to impress during the early part of the season. In the team’s two contests this week, Oakdale took both Valley Oak League matches to improve to 4-0 in league play. On Tuesday, Sept. 6 the girls won 218-313 over Sierra at Oakdale Golf and Country Club. The Lady Mustangs were paced by Madi Blanc who shot a day low 42 for Oakdale. 44 was a popular number amongst the ladies as Oakdale’s Taylor Stewart, Andrea York, Makayla Christiansen and Allie Denning all ended up scoring 44 in the win. Two days later the team defeated East Union 219-280 at Manteca Park. Stewart and Christiansen sat on top of the leaderboard with a score of 41. Denning (44), Blanc (46) and York (47) rounded out the Oakdale scorecards. Oakdale hits the links today, Sept. 14 at Oakdale Golf and Country Club to take on Kimball. Tee time is set for 3 p.m.



The two-time defending Valley Oak League champion varsity girls have stumbled to start the 2016 season. The girls played two games the week and dropped both of them 3-0. On Wednesday, Sept. 7 the girls hosted Enochs in a back and forth battle between the two clubs. Enochs took the first set 25-21 and sets two and three went to extras as the Enochs won 27-25 and 26-24. Oakdale’s Makkena Ryan led the team with 10 kills and two blocks, while Isabella Cobarruvias had 19 assists and two aces. Marisella Nichols helped the team with her team high 19 digs. Oakdale’s freshman and junior varsity teams won their sets earlier that night. The next night, Oakdale headed to Turlock to face off against Pitman. Pitman won in three sets against Oakdale 25-18, 25-12 and 25-8. The junior varsity also fell in three sets 2-1. Oakdale lost the first set 6-25 but bounced back to take set two 26-24 before ultimately falling 7-15 in the third and final set.

Oakdale was slated to open up Valley Oak League action on Monday night, Sept. 12 against Sierra after The Leader’s press time. Oakdale travels to Manteca to take on the Buffaloes today, Wednesday, Sept. 14. The freshmen take the court at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity at 5 p.m. and varsity closing out the evening at 6 p.m.



The defending CIF Sac Joaquin Section champion varsity girls split in non-league action this past weekend. The girls traveled to Clovis to take part in the Central Valley Showdown. Oakdale went 1-1 on the day as they fell 12-2 against Leland but regrouped and defeated Clovis East 8-6. Oakdale was scheduled to host their first game on Tuesday, Sept. 13 against Rio Americano and will return to the pool on Tuesday, Sept. 20 when they host Lodi with the game set for 4 p.m.

It has been a rough start for the shorthanded boys team thus far. According to Coach Brian Kline, the team has been plagued by illness and has rotated several new players in to the lineup. Oakdale fell 10-4 to Lincoln on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and 13-2 against Vintage on Saturday. Both games were on the road. Oakdale hosts Lodi on Tuesday, Sept. 20 for a non-league showdown. The game is set for 4 p.m.