Grizzlies hang tough, can't top Rocklin

Thunder win SFL volleyball match in four games
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Fresh off a three-game sweep of Woodcreek on Monday the Rocklin High girls volleyball team was ready for what head coach Dave Muscarella thought was going to be a really tough game Wednesday at Granite Bay. The Thunder (2-0 in SFL) were dominant most of the match and knocked of the Grizzlies (0-2) in four games, 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 25-18. “I knew Granite Bay was going to come after us early in the game,” Muscarella said. “I tried to get my girls prepared for that. I just thought we were a little inconsistent. We came into every game really strong, but as each one went on we really let them back in it. So, I felt good about the way we started games. I just want to see us finish out games a little better.” In the last three games Rocklin was the first to score five points. The third game was by far the closest and most tense game of the match. The Thunder scored the first eight points before letting Granite Bay back in. The Grizzlies just couldn’t keep up with Rocklin’s organized offense. Senior captain Morgan Smith had another big night with 41 set assists through four games. Smith was the key element in her team’s success. Her sets gave her teammates great chances to score points. With 15 ties in four games Smith’s sets were the difference maker in giving Rocklin the edge. Taking advantage of Smith’s leadership was one of two other senior captains, Corissa Santos, who had 14 kills on 25 attempts. Sophomore Cailyn Prewitt had 12 kills as an outside hitter. She had the last few points of the impressive third game. Sophomore outside hitter Katelyn Ivy also contributed 10 kills. Between Ivy, Prewitt and Santos the Grizzlies didn’t have much choice in being on the defensive. For Granite Bay, setter Brielle Fisher had 32 sets and eight digs. Karli Pedone came away with 14 digs as she controlled much of the court for her team. The senior was a dominant figure in the match with nine kills as she carries a heavy load for this year’s Granite Bay squad. Granite Bay’s new Head Coach Jamie Ingram said her team was fired up, and she appreciated all the support from fans. The Granite Bay varsity boys basketball team was especially supportive to Ingram’s team, making it feel like a comfortable home court. “Rocklin is definitely a strong team,” Ingram said. “We still have some of those demons and skeletons in our closets from previous teams and previous games. I’m excited for our tournament coming up because mostly our team experience has been a match here and a match there. It’s great to see our team come together more and more. Since Monday I’ve seen them trust each other more. It makes me really proud and impressed.”