Rocklin keeps pace in SFL volleyball

Water polo team making progress
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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Rocklin rose to the occasion Monday to defeat Del Oro 3-1.

The scoring was 27-25, 24-26, 25-21 and 25-10.

The win put the Thunder in second place in the Sierra Foothill League, a game ahead of the Golden Eagles and Roseville.

Against Nevada Union last week, Rocklin’s Shelby Sanders stepped up big time for a kill that eventually led to Rocklin’s 15-13 victory over the Miners in game five of their match. That kept the Thunder deadlocked for second in the SFL with Del Oro.

“In the fifth and deciding game, we went up 11-2 only to let them come back and make it 13-13,” said Thunder head coach Dave Muscarella.

The match was finally decided on Jolie Meade’s service ace to end the drama.

Also turning in solid performances for Rocklin were Shannon Garvella (libero), Bethany Mandon Middle (hitter), and Maddie Haynes (outside hitter).



Miners            22  21  25  25  13 – 2

Thunder         25  25  19  19  15 – 3


WOODLAND _ Recovering from a 14-3 loss against Bear River last week, Rocklin High School’s varsity boys water polo team placed fourth in the Dixon water polo tournament last weekend.

“These boys are a young team,” said Thunder head coach Jeffery Underwood. “We are mastering the fundamentals of water polo and building a foundation. Once this foundation has been established, we can begin moving forward and learning the slight, but important, idiosyncrasies associated with our sport,” he added.

The Thunder’s defensive strategy has been its strength in the pool and kept the score close during the first half against Bear River.

Leading Rocklin, the starting lineup of Evan Pugh, Spencer Small, Spencer London, Nathaniel Danielsen, Brandon Yoshida, Robert Noble, John MIchaelson and Brandon Smurthwaite are always on point Underwood said.

“I am enjoying coaching these boys,” said Underwood. “If they continue with the work ethic they have now, I see nothing but success on the horizon. It won't be long before we are a force to be reckoned with.”