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2011 volleyball run comes to an end

Fourth-straight league title makes season
By: Staff Report
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SAN JOSE _ It likely ended before the Rocklin High girls volleyball team would have liked it to, but the 2011 season would go down in the record books as another tribute to a record-breaking program. In the NorCal Tournament, The 39-2 Presentation Panthers proved a bit too much as they defeated the Thunder, 3-1, Saturday. El Camino, the club that denied Rocklin a Sac-Joaquin Section’s championship, was also fell in defeat at the hands of St. Francis out of Los Altos. The Panthers opened against the Thunder with a 25-13 win, but the silver-and-blue battled back in the second set to take a 25-23 decision. The next two games ended 25-20, and 25-23. Cailyn Prewitt had 16 kills and 47 attacks, Katelyn Ivy 12 kills on 41 attacks. Ivy also had five aces on her way to 12 service points. Erin Davis had three blocks in the contest. Ivy and Sierra Ueltzen turned in 15 digs apiece against the Panthers. Ueltzen received 55 serves, and Ivy 26. Kelsey Garvella had 23 assists in the match, and Kallie Elder 14. Head coach Dave Muscarella will have to bid goodbye to six seniors, captains Davis, Prewitt, Ivy, and Ueltzen, as well as Garvella and Alli Painter. But he has a pretty good core group that should return. Among those are Sara Sheehy, a junior, who’s hitting percentage was fourth best in the Sierra Foothill League. No. 1 and No. 2 were Prewitt and Davis. However, coming in fifth in the SFL was Kate Mitchell, a sophomore. Elder was No. 3 in assists, and Sheehy ranked fifth. Jolie Meade ended the season in the No. 4 spot for blocks. Meade is a sophomore. There are no pushovers in the SFL, and all teams and coaches have witnessed first-hand knowledge of what Muscarella has accomplished with the Thunder. The departure of his six seniors won’t leave easy sneakers to fill, but that was the same situation last year when he said farewell to five seniors. The Bolts now have a solid foundation of tradition to build upon, which is what Rocklin does best.