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Volleyball Girls Get Bumped From Tourney


The 2015 volleyball season was a successful one for the Oakdale Lady Mustangs. The team went 14-0 in league play, winning the Valley Oak League title for the second consecutive season. A 14-0 record had not been achieved since the 2006 season under head coach Shelli Ponce. Oakdale clinched their title with three games remaining in the season, and it was the team’s third title in four seasons. Individually, Isabella Cobarruvias led the league in serving aces with 51, and then dominated in assists with a total of 429; second place had 185. Lauren Ott also had a memorable 2015-2016 stat line in league play. Ott finished the season with a league high 241 attacks, and placed second in three other categories: hitting percentage .283, serving aces with 49, and digs with 273. The team’s magical season came to an end on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Section quarterfinals against Yuba City, 3-0.

Under first year head coach Heather Gonzales, the team ripped through the Valley Oak League and found themselves as the five seed in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championship tournament. Oakdale’s first round opponent was 12th seeded Rio Americano. The Lady Mustangs upended the Raiders in four sets 25-17, 25-22, 17-25, 25-21 to advance to the quarterfinals. Abigail Matoso helped power the Lady Mustangs with her 15 kills, 10 digs and one ace. Lauren Ott also put together an impressive stat line with her 13 digs, 8 kills, three blocks and three aces. Senior Shaye Spani contributed with six kills and two blocks.

Oakdale could not carry their momentum into the quarterfinal match against the fourth ranked Honkers as the team fell in straight sets 25-13, 25-12, 25-19.