No matter the age division, Oakdale High athletes have been superb in recent play, including the push for postseason life in Oakdale’s respective volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf and cross country seasons.
If the Sac-Joaquin Section volleyball playoffs were to begin today, Oakdale would take a No. 8 seed and host No. 9 Vista del Lago in the first round of postseason play.
The Lady Mustangs are eighth on the SJS Division III power ratings after an 8-1 start to VOL competition. The first six teams on the D-III power ratings are all undefeated, including Pioneer and Woodland teams with Oakdale’s same league strength formula that have yet to face each other in Tri-County Conference action.
Oakdale maintained their excellent league record with victories over both Lathrop and Sierra on the VOL court.
The team topped Lathrop in 25-15, 25-10, 25-9 scores on Oct. 12 after 12 Justina Keith kills. Jackee Lee had six kills and 24 assists while McKenzie Willet added six kills and 14 service points. Domi Powell (six kills, block) also had a strong match.
Oakdale also ousted Sierra in 23-25, 26-24, 25-11, 25-21 scores on Oct. 14. Keith landed 13 kills, 10 points and 10 digs while Lee added 17 points, 37 assists and 12 digs. Willet (11 kills, 15 points), Powell (seven kills, 13 points), Taylor Harper (five points, 13 digs) and Sarah Peterson (12 dig) came up big as well.
Oakdale’s freshman team advanced atop the VOL standings with a huge 25-21, 25-23 win over Lathrop, and added a 25-17, 25-11 rout of Sierra. Jessica Shatswell and Taylor Kelley had five kills each vs. Lathrop while Hannah Butler and Rylie Pena tossed in four aces apiece. Kyla Lewis had six digs against Lathrop, and added another six in the win over Sierra.
No information was provided for the JV Lady Mustangs.
Oakdale (7-2-1 VOL) played a huge contest with 7-3 East Union on Monday, though results were not available at press time.
The Mustangs are scrambling for one of three seeds from the VOL into the postseason after a 9-0 blowout of host Kimball on Oct. 11 and a 7-2 rout of visiting Lathrop on Oct. 14.
Antonio Munoz and Robert Gilbert scored three goals each against Kimball, while Mark Ortiz (two assists), Larry Hunt and Christian Ibarra also found the net.
Oskar Nilsson, Jared Firstbrook and Brent Leverett dished out two assists each, while Davies Harper made a goal-scoring pass.
Oakdale saw three saves from keeper Sam Paboojian and another big stop by Scotty McNeill.
The Lathrop win came after a 2-1 Oakdale lead at the half. Gilbert scored four goals in the win and saw one each by Jose Paredes, Leverett (assist) and Ortiz. Harper made two passes resulting in a score while Nilsson, Hunt, Munoz and Daniel Martinez also handed out assists.
Oakdale will look to avenge an earlier league loss when they take on host Weston Ranch today, Oct. 20.
Oakdale singles players took on the VOL tournament on Tuesday, and continue medal rounds with doubles action on Thursday.
The Lady Mustangs will look to snare individual advancement to the postseason after tough league losses eliminated the team from a third consecutive team trip to the playoffs.
The Mustangs fell in 5-0 fashion to Weston Ranch on Oct. 14, despite close matches from both doubles tandems.
Emily Johnson and Laurie Baxter lost to Ly Hoang and Cristina Poklay by 1-6, 7-6, 3-6 scores, while Nicole Armstrong and Jacelyn Bunney fell in 7-5, 2-6, 3-6 tallies to Nancy Ngyen and Chelsen Olitan.
The VOL championships got under way Tuesday at the par-72 Lockeford Springs Golf Course, though results were not available at press time.
Oakdale went in tied with Sonora for second place behind East Union (12-0) with a 9-3 conference record.
On Tuesday, Oakdale ace Jaylene Ponce continued her All League season in a hotly contested grouping with East Union’s top performers, Frances Telles and Jillian Goulart. Oakdale’s Julie Bolme made it a foursome for their 10 a.m. start.
The top two teams advance from the VOL to the Division IV championships at Stevenson Ranch on Oct. 25.
Nine athletes saw season-best times and Oakdale saw huge improvements in general in the second VOL cluster-meet of the season at Woodward Reservoir.
Oakdale girls were second overall with a 6-1 record against competing teams, advancing the squad to a 15-3 mark on the league season.
Haily Macedo (fourth overall) and Ariana Barajas (seventh) saw drastic improvements to their personal bests to lead a deep cast of Oakdale varsity girl runners.
Marieke Delzer, Liz Erwin and Sara Agauyo finished soon after.
The Oakdale boys posted a 5-2 showing after Erick Padilla clocked his season best in seventh place. Mario Jimenez saw improvements over a minute off his time to finish as Oakdale’s No. 2 runner.
The frosh-soph boys saw another sharp performance from Cameron Elswick in a 6-1 effort against VOL teams,
Chris Lopez and Briana Alanis saw big reductions in their times as well.
Oakdale takes on the VOL for the final time in a league championship meet at Frogtown on Oct. 27.