Steady as she goes; Whitney rolls over Antelope

Bear River challenged ‘Cats
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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After escaping a hard challenge from Bear River Tuesday, the Whitney High boys volleyball team dispatched Antelope with relative ease by downing the Titans in three, 25-14, 25-18, 25-16 Thursday.

The Capital Athletic League’s No. 2 Bruins invaded the Wildcats’ campus determined to hand Whitney its first league loss. It didn’t happen, but sets of 15-25, 27-25, 25-16, 21-25 and 15-13 was a bit too close for comfort.

It was a dramatic turnaround from the two club’s first meeting swept by the ‘Cats 3-0.

Whitney head coach Kristen Gideon-Parker said the Bruins admittedly didn’t come to play in the first meeting. In meeting two, the roles reversed.

“They came to play on Tuesday,” said Gideon-Parker, “and we didn’t.”

Thursday, it appeared it would have made little difference in what mindset Antelope came calling; the Wildcats took it to the Titans from the start.

Junior David Parker turned in his usual outstanding performance hammering Antelope with five kills and sophomore Cavin Steward shredded the Titan’s defense with four aces. Parker ended the match with 15 kills in all coming on 29 attacks.

Coach Gideon-Parker said the club also worked on blocking after coming off the Bear River game. The ‘Cats had 16 blocks against the Titans and picked up only 13 in five sets against the Bruins.

Nick Corbitt had five blocks and Sean Gaspar and Stewart added three each.

Kalen Harris had 12 successful service receptions and David Smith had 11.

Harris said the maroon-and-gold worked extra hard on blocking, receiving serves and communication following the Bear River game.

Coach Gideon-Parker said Whitney’s magic number is one to claim the league title.

CAL – Whitney (11-0), Bear River (6-4), Rio Americano (6-5), Placer (3-7), Antelope (3-8), El Camino (3-8).

Schedule – April 23, Placer, April 25, at Rio Americano.

_Read more on Whitney High’s march to a league championship in the April 25 edition of Placer Herald Sports