Thursday Oct 16 2008
Rocklin rolls on in SFL volleyball
By: Kurt Johnson, Placer Herald senior sports editor
Lady Thunder beat Roseville in four games
While it was not good enough to post one in the win column for the Lady Tigers, the Roseville High School girls’ volleyball team accomplished a rare feat on Wednesday night at Moeller Gym. Prior to Roseville’s match against Rocklin, the Lady Thunder had dropped just one game in eight prior league matches Rocklin (9-0 in SFL play) is in the habit of rolling its opponents three games to none, so when the Lady Tigers refused to quit after dropping the first two games Wednesday and captured game three, it was an unusual event. In the end, Rocklin took the match in four games 25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 25-13, but it was a good test for Roseville’s young team. “As a young team we are learning and gaining consistency and playing a team as talented as Rocklin was a good test for us,” Roseville coach Ron Grove said. “We are a young team and we continue to improve as we mature and grow.” The Lady Thunder jumped out to an early lead in the opening game, and maintained a significant advantage for most of the game. Allison Judd and Clarissa Prewitt served well for Rocklin, while Janelle Currey continued to impress at the net. Game two was more evenly contested, with the squads trading points much of the way before Rocklin seized control in the late stages. Prewitt and Corissa Santos turned in a number of fine blocks for the Lady Thunder. On the Roseville side of the net, sophomore Abbey Wade was tremendous in answering the Rocklin challenge. Joining with setter Lindsey Gallo, Wade did a nice job of keeping the Tigers close all night long. The third game began with the look of a Rocklin sweep taking shape, but Roseville refused to go away quietly. The scoring came in bunches to both clubs, with the strongest and last run coming for Roseville late in the game. Down 15-20, the Lady Tigers rode the strong serving of Wade and Kali Lahoun while outscoring Rocklin 10-2 to stave off elimination and force a fourth game. Simone Durham and Breanna Warnock provided some strong points to the Roseville cause during the game. Roseville was not able to sustain the surge, and came back to earth in dropping game four in convincing fashion. “We were able to play well in spurts but just could not sustain playing hard or executing well over a long period of time,” Grove said. While the win keeps Rocklin unbeaten in SFL play, the loss drops Roseville to 3-6 in league matches and 8-6 overall. The Thunder host Oakmont on Monday, while Roseville visits Granite Bay.