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Rocklin volleyball likely No.1 one in Sac-Joaquin Section

Thunder hosts Granite Bay, Thursday
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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The Rocklin High girls volleyball team furthered its chances of gaining the No. 1 seed in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs by defeating Woodcreek in three-straight sets, 25-17, 25-14, and 25-9, Tuesday. It was Rocklin’s sixth win in a row as they improved to 28-6, 7-1 in the Sierra Foothill League. Their only conference setback was to Del Oro in September; they avenged that by defeating the Golden Eagles, 3-1, Oct. 18. The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section had the Thunder seeded No. 2 at the season’s halfway point behind Del Oro, but Muscarella thinks his club might have moved into the No. 1 spot since. Prior to that victory, the Thunder rolled over Roseville, last Thursday. All three sets started fairly even, but by the time the Rocklin reached its 10th point it was all silver-and-blue from then on. The Thunder claimed a 3-0 victory, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-17. “We’re playing better,” said Thunder head coach Dave Muscarella, “We’re just playing a lot more consistent and I think that’s the big difference.” “We’ve bonded well together,” said senior hitter Erin Davis. “Our practices have been improving, and every time we’ve been getting better.” Davis had 13 of Rocklin’s 93 total attacks, and she recorded 13 kills. Jolie Meade stepped up with 10 kills on 13 attacks, and Cailyn Prewitt had 20 attacks. Meadehad six blocks, and Davis five. Sierra Ueltzen had 15 digs, and Katelyn Ivy six. Muscarella was able to use his entire bench once game three was well in hand. “I gave us a B tonight, slightly above average,” said Tigers’ head coach Ron Grove. “Obviously, we can’t match physically with Rocklin, but I would still want to be able to get an A. “I have total respect for Dave Muscarella and Rocklin” Grove added. “They’re a class act and I totally enjoy competing against them.” The win put Rocklin in a potential dead heat with Granite Bay, also 7-1. The Thunder hosts the Grizzlies Thursday, before their final regular season match against Nevada Union in Grass Valley, Nov. 1. “I think we realize we want to get the highest seed we can get,” said Muscarella, whose club just might emerge as the Sac-Joaquin Division II No. 1 seed going into the playoffs. “We’d love to get three home games.” Sierra Foothill League Volleyball Standings Rocklin 7-1 28-6 Granite Bay 7-1 21-6 Del Oro 5-3 16-10 Nevada Union 2-5 14-16 Roseville 2-5 16-19 Woodcreek 0-8 6-17