Rocklin rolls over Folsom in volleyball

Thunder having fun
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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It seemed as if the Rocklin varsity volleyball team played faster, stronger, and more unified with each occurring set. Before Folsom could mount a measurable comeback, the Thunder swept the Bulldogs in three sets.

Each of the night’s games seemed to play out in similar patterns as Folsom competed early but faded toward the back end.

In the first set, Folsom rode five kills to tie the score at 10-all. A 13-8 run gave the Thunder enough room to safely decide the set. But just as Rocklin seemed on the verge of scoring their final two points, Folsom strung together three points and cut the lead to two.

Rocklin senior Ryan Cernik ended the attempted comeback with a defiant kill on an assist from Nicholas Studen. Rocklin went on to win the set on the very next point, thus ending Folsom’s biggest threat of the night.

After a 7-1 Thunder run, Folsom was forced to halt the momentum with a timeout midway through the second set. The Bulldogs attempt to change the course of the game was in vain, as Justin Celira aced on three-consecutive points.

Rocklin got on hot streaks throughout the course of the night, breaking out runs of five-staights points or better on four occasions.

With the match seemingly in hand, the Thunder reeled off a 7-0 run late in the third set. Cernik began the run with two-straight kills, followed immediately by consecutive aces by Spencer Green. Nick Dahla added a pair of kills of his own before the run was over.

“We were all just working as a team and having fun,” said Cernik, who along with Dahla led the team with nine kills apiece. “We were just doing our thing and having fun with it.”

Rocklin head coach John Kirk spoke after the game, commending the team on the sweep of Folsom.

“We played pretty well,” said Kirk. “It’s been kind of up and down so far this year, so it was kind of nice to get on a roll.”


Bulldogs   21  17  18 – 0

Thunder   25  25  25 – 3