Rocklin, Whitney advance to the big danceBy: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
The Rocklin High School varsity girls volleyball team fell to Granite Bay 3-0 in its last Sierra Foothill League game last week. However, the loss did not affect the Thunder’s second-place finish in the SFL earning them the No. 6 seed in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
“They were very close games,” said Rocklin head coach Dave Muscarella.
After dropping the first set 15-25, the Thunder lost the second and third sets by two-point margins at 25-27 and 24-26. The Grizzlies will enter the Division I playoffs seeded No. 3.
The day before, Rocklin took a league victory from Woodcreek 3-1 in four sets. The Thunder opened the match with two decisive scores in the first two sets of 25-10 and 25-14.
After the Timberwolves captured the third set 26-24, Rocklin retaliated to claim the fourth game 25-15.
Jolie Meade, Bethany Mandon and Hallie Williams led the Thunder on the courts last week.
"We played well," said Muscarella.
Rocklin opened the playoffs defeating Tracy on Tuesday. The win put them on the road to No. 3 Benicia for a game today at 6 p.m. The Panthers beat Beyer to advance
Whitney High also entered the Division II playoffs via a third-place finish in the Capital Athletic League. El Camino and Rio Americano shared first at 9-1, the Wildcats were 6-4.
Although the maroon-and-gold lost two of their final three matches to the Eagles and Raiders, they did not lose a single match to any of the three remaining teams in the CAL.
El Camino did enter the Division II playoffs as the No. 1 seed whereas Rio American will play at Division III.
The Wildcats rolled over Cordova 25-5, 25-12 and 25-16 to close out their season.
The team leaders were led by junior Mackenzie Berlin (attacks and serves), senior Lindsey Keney (blocks) and senior Lainey Basquez (digs, serves received and ball handling).
Whitney traveled to Vacaville to take on the No. 7 Bulldogs Tuesday. Vacaville defeated the Wildcats to end Whitney’s playoff run.