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Regular Season Wraps Up For Oakdale Volleyball Girls
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Seniors recognized prior to the start of their regular season finale at home on Oct. 20 were, from left, Italian exchange student Lavinia Sanfilippo, Emalee Britt, Breanna Banks, Breelie Gibson, Lydia Stueve, Karli Jericoff. Photo By Jeff Kettering

One game on the road, one game at home closed out the regular Valley Oak League season for all three levels of Oakdale volleyball this past week. The girls went to Manteca to face off against Sierra on Monday, Oct. 18 and hosted the Manteca Lady Buffaloes in action on the home court Wednesday, Oct. 20.

At Sierra, the youngest Lady Mustangs got a win, with the freshmen topping the host Lady Timberwolves. The JV team fell in their game while the varsity came away with a road victory, said varsity head coach Kaitlin Burke.

After falling to Sierra in first round action during league, the varsity Lady Mustangs turned the tables and got the victory this time around.

Taking a 25-15 win in game one and 25-21 in game two, Oakdale then fell in a tough 23-25 loss in game three. They prevailed in a battle in the fourth and ultimately deciding set, 30-28, to take a 3-1 decision.

On Wednesday, Oct. 20 the volleyball girls were back at home but all three levels had a tough night, falling to visiting Manteca. It was a 3-0 loss for the varsity, 22-25, 19-25, 18-25. It was also Senior Night, the senior girls recognized prior to the game for their contributions to the program through the years.

“Overall, freshmen, JV and varsity all came in third within the Valley Oak League,” Burke said.

Along with Burke leading the varsity, she was assisted by Jennifer Guzman. Head coach for the JV girls was Erin Dunn, while Stacy Graham was head coach for the freshmen.

The varsity girls then went into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs with an outbracket match on Monday night, Oct. 25. Oakdale hosted the game, defeating McNair of Stockton in the contest. They swept past the Eagles with a 25-13, 25-9, 25-13 decision. That victory put Oakdale into a Division II match on Tuesday, Oct. 26 – after The Leader went to press – traveling to face off against Whitney.