Rocklin dominates in Davis; unbeaten in SFL

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High’s varsity volleyball team is on a major roll. The Thunder went 6-0 to win the Davis Fall Classic Saturday and they followed that up by sweeping visiting Roseville in three games Monday to improve to 3-0 in Sierra Foothill League play. Rocklin did this while not even losing a single game. In fact, Rocklin hasn’t lost a game since it participated in a tournament in San Luis Obispo Sept. 13 as the Thunder opened league play by sweeping Woodcreek and Granite Bay 3-0 last week. The Thunder didn’t have much trouble with Roseville (25-14, 25-18, 25-22) Monday. “We came in in Game 1 and Game 2 and I thought we played pretty well,” Rocklin coach Dave Muscarella said. “Defensively we were blocking really well and covering hitters very well. And there were a few times in (Game 2) where Roseville was celebrating when they thought they had a kill and our girl got underneath and got the ball up and we took a point. “Breanna Velasquez played really well defensively, Allison Judd did a nice job serving and (outside hitters) Hannah Anderson and Janelle Currey played really well.” Rocklin sits in first place all alone in the SFL as Granite Bay handed Nevada Union its first league loss Monday. Rocklin swept Union Mine (25-19, 25-16), Folsom (25-14, 25-16) and Berkeley (25-7, 25-19) in pool play at Davis before topping Redwood of Larkspur (25-19, 25-14), Davis (25-17, 25-18) and Las Lomas of Walnut Creek (26-24, 25-23) in the playoffs Saturday. “In pool play we were really kind of up and down but still beating teams,” Muscarella said. “The first team in the playoffs was Redwood . . . and we really ball-controlled well and passed well and controlled the match.” The Thunder then cruised by Davis to advance to the championship round against Las Lomas. Rocklin trailed 24-21 in Game 1 but Judd served the final five points to give the Thunder the victory. “Basically, I pulled (setter) Lori (Yokomizo) aside and said ‘let’s use our seniors and get the ball to the outside’ and (seniors) Janelle and Hannah really carried us through that match. We’ve been working on really distributing the ball a little more evenly so we’re not just a one dimensional team.” Game 2 was tied 22 all and Currey served the final two points for the victory. “We are starting to really come together, defensively and passing and serve-receive,” Muscarella said. Whitney Whitney High’s varsity volleyball team, 6-3 on the season, opened Pioneer Valley League play this week. Whitney played at El Dorado Tuesday in the league opener and will host Mesa Verde today at 6 p.m. in its second league match. Whitney topped visiting Wheatland (25-18, 25-20, 25-20) Sept. 18 and beat visiting Galt in five games (23-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23, 15-8) two days before that. The Wildcats will participate in the Sacramento Invitational Saturday and then host Placer in a league match at 6 p.m. Tuesday.