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Coach Lacoste proud of how Thunder battled Granite Bay in volleyball finals

Thunder win game one but fall in four
By: Staff Report
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Granite Bay High’s boys volleyball team topped the Rocklin Thunder for the Sac-Joaquin Section championship on May 27 at Jesuit. The section has only had playoffs for boys volleyball for the last two years and Granite Bay has won both titles. The Grizzlies won the match 21-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-21 in front of a good-sized crowd. “It was a great match-up – each game was close and back and forth,” Thunder coach David Lacoste said. “The match could have went either way . . . Our bench and fans were very excitable and made lots of noise when we needed it. The boys enjoyed it.” Lacoste was proud of how his team played. “Some of the keys were having (senior) Sean Raeside playing defensive specialist in the back row and Dorian Rolfes (senior) playing front row on the right side for a powerful offense,” he said. “(Outside hitters) Tyler MacKanin (senior) and Matt Laughrea (sophomore) both had good games. “We had great setting from Braxton Dunstone (senior) and Grant Currey (junior). Middles Grant Wilson (junior) and Reid Allyn (senior) worked hard on blocking and added offense in the middle . . . And the reason we won game one was due to our great defensive play by Marc Van Camp (senior libero).” Rocklin led 16-11 in the critical game three before the Grizzlies rallied back to tie the match at 19. The Thunder also led 24-23 and Lacoste called losing game three a “momentum buster.” “Winning it this year is pretty great,” Granite Bay coach Bruce Honberger said. “I don’t know if we can top the way it felt last year when it was the first time, but both are real special . . . We play the toughest schedule in the country to be ready for games like this one.”