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In spite of the victory Wildcats’ play was sluggish

Whitney was dominant, but not consistent
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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In contrast to Whitney High School’s inspired volleyball play against Rocklin High in the Foundation Game a week ago, the Wildcats were lethargic against El Dorado High School, Monday evening. The maroon-and-gold did get a 3-1 victory, but it wasn’t one they were necessarily proud of. “We played horrible, we played definitely horrible,” said Whitney volleyball head coach James Todd. “It was not to my liking. We came out sluggish; we played to the other team’s level.” After struggling in the first two sets, the ‘Cats seemed to come alive in set three. They quickly jumped out to an 11-4 lead behind the serves of Mackenzie Berlin and Kaylin Squyres, and then cruised the rest of the way. The final score was 25-13. Berlin and Squyres each had aces in the game, and teammate Lainey Basquez had two. El Dorado did its best to get back into the contest in set four, virtually matching Whitney point for point. The Wildcats couldn’t seem to get more than two points ahead that the Cougars didn’t rally and catch up. Eventually, Squyres stepped up her game to eventually subdue the visitors. “I think we played a little bit sloppy,” said Squyres after the match. “It’s definitely easier to have a lot of momentum when you’re playing a higher level team.” Unofficially, Squyres had eight kills in the final set. Her last two were the final two points of Whitney’s 25-20 victory. We came out kind of cocky,” said Todd. “Because we had a good week in the (CIVT) tournament we came out way too slow. We were lethargic. We worked too hard for this one.” Whitney’s Lexie May had 29 attack attempts and 10 kills; Squyres was 32-for-51. Squyres also had four service aces, Erika Holliday, Basquez, and Julia Davena each had three, and Berlin two. The club had four solo blocks. Basquez had 43 assists, and six digs. Davena also had six digs, Squyres 13. The Capital Athletic League’s El Camino was the only conference club still undefeated in preseason play as of Sept. 5. The Wildcats are just a few percentage points behind Mira Loma in the win-loss column. Whitney’s losses came at the hands of Placer (3-2), Colfax (2-1), and Rocklin (3-0). They have defeated Laguna Creek (2-0), Folsom (2-0), Bella Vista (2-0), Center (3-0), and El Dorado. The ‘Cats open league play at home against Rio Americano, Sept. 19. E-mail Placer Herald Sports at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com