2015 was a huge success for the Oakdale Lady Mustangs volleyball club. The team went 14-0 in league play, resulting in their second consecutive Valley Oak League championship.
“This entire program has worked so hard and it’s always nice when that hard work pays off,” said an excited first year head coach Heather Gonzales. “I am so proud of all these young women and the great coaching staff I am surrounded by.”
It was, in fact, a clean sweep of the VOL for the volleyball program, as the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams all went undefeated in league play and were VOL champions.
The varsity girls claimed their title with a pair of wins in their final two games. First, they took a quick 3-0 victory over Weston Ranch on the road. Oakdale blanked the Lady Cougars in three sets to earn the title league champions on Thursday, Oct. 29. Then they closed out the undefeated run through the VOL on Senior Night. Three seniors were honored on Tuesday, Nov. 3 as Savannah Rodgers, Lauren Ott and Shaye Spani were all acknowledged before the team’s season finale against Central Catholic.
Oakdale took care of business with a 3-1 victory (25-18, 18-25, 25-7, 25-17) over the visiting Raiders. Ott led the team in kills with 13, digs with 14 and tied Makkena Ryan with two blocks. Spani contributed with four aces and nine digs. Kyla Cole was also a factor with nine kills and two blocks. Isabella Cobarruvias played a large part in the team’s season long success and continued in the team’s season finale with her 21 assists.
As the Lady Mustangs checked off the league title and perfect record, the team has now turned its focus to the 2015 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section tournament. Oakdale entered the 16-team tournament as the five seed. Their first game was held Tuesday, Nov. 10 against 12th seeded Rio Americano. The game was held after The Leader press time, with the Lady Mustangs hosting the lower seeded squad. Should the ladies advance, their next game would be held Thursday, Nov. 12 against the winner of fourth seeded Yuba City or fellow Valley Oak League team, the 13th seeded East Union Lancers.