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Rocklin Volleyball clinches League Title

Captains Prewitt, Ivy receive full ride scholarships
By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
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After a successful season of 33-7, the Rocklin volleyball team will traveled to Redwood High School for the first round of playoffs, Tuesday. Defeating Granite Bay to clinch their fourth consecutive league championship this year, the Rocklin squad is in a position to travel further than ever before. “The team has come together really nicely. At the beginning, it was a rocky road, but last month they started playing really well. It is fun to watch,” said Rocklin head coach, Dave Muscarella. Since Nov. 8, the team has been competing in the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. They defeated Buhach Colony, Vacaville, and Rio Americano. Last Thursday, the girls faced their first loss in the playoffs to El Camino. “During the first round of NorCal, we lost at sections to El Camino. It was a bummer. We played OK, but not as well as we could have. El Camino played well,” said senior captain Cailyn Prewitt. According to Maxpreps.com, Rocklin is currently ranked ninth in California Division II. To bounce back from that tough loss, the girls are striving to play in Saturday’s NorCal semifinal game. “The strongest part of the Rocklin team is the dedication and hard work we all put in. Almost everyone on the team is, or was, a multi-sport athlete, so bringing all of us together as one makes us nearly unstoppable,” said senior captain Katelyn Ivy. This strong team camaraderie has helped carry the team through the season. Coming to a culmination Senior Night, the underclassmen on the team honored and recognized their seniors. The girls received blankets, candy, and baskets in order to celebrate their volleyball seasons. After the Rocklin season is over, both Ivy and Prewitt will be continue playing volleyball in college. Ivy has signed for a full ride scholarship at Division I, California State University Sacramento. “When I found out that I had received my scholarship I was extremely excited. It was the only offer I got that was Division I. I was convinced that Division I was my best chance in getting college paid for, getting a good education, and playing the sport I am most passionate about,” Ivy said. Ivy owes her great success to the coaching she has received, at both NCVC club volleyball and Rocklin High. She will be the libero, a defensive specialist, at Sacramento State. Also the recipient of a full ride scholarship, Prewitt will attend Stetson University in Florida. “It’s been amazing. It is such a blessing to have a full ride scholarship available. I went and saw the school on a recruit trip, and I’m really excited,” Prewitt said. “I am really excited for opportunity. It will be amazing to grow up and get the college experience.” Prewitt will play outside hitter for Stetson to fill the position of a graduating senior. She feels her hard work, the people supporting her, and good coaching have allowed her to achieve her volleyball success. “Katelyn will go and become a defensive specialist for Sac State, and Cailyn will be an outside hitter for Stetson. Both of them have played competitive, year-round volleyball for six years,” Muscarella said. Looking to the future, Prewitt and Ivy are both excited to continue their volleyball careers at Rocklin High School and in college. “The best part of my high school season this year was being a senior, and learning how to be a better leader and captain. I also had a lot of fun with all my teammates and coach Dave Muscarella,” Ivy said. The Rocklin team was looking forward to their upcoming game.