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PREP GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Thunder girls volleyball looks to make it five-straight league titles

Rocklin 2-1 in early SFL play
By: Amanda Calada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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After suffering setbacks of 27-25 and 25-23 to Rocklin, Roseville could not answer the bell in the set three and fell 25-9 as the Thunder went on to a 3-0 victory in their third Sierra Foothill League match last week. “We had a very slow start and we have become much more competitive over the last three, four weeks,” said head coach Dave Muscarella. Rocklin, now 18-8-0 overall and 2-1-0 in league, beat Placer and Folsom last month before losing a close match against Del Oro last Monday. The Thunder and Golden Eagles exchanged leads the first two sets (23-25 and 25-23) before Rocklin fell to Del Oro in the third and fourth sets 22-25 and 27-25 to end the match 1-3 in Del Oro’s favor. “The SFL is extremely competitive and there several teams that will compete for the league title,” said Muscarella. The Thunder is young this year, with a roster of four seniors, 10 juniors, and two freshmen. This season’s journey to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs is different than that of past years. The power ratings have been abandoned for a system in which the top three teams in each league get an automatic bid. Also, any team with a .500 winning percentage also qualifies. Rocklin has also been moved up to Division I when in the playoffs. The power-ranking system considered the team’s results over the past three years in addition to league standings. It also ranked the leagues. The new system diversifies the representation of teams present based on their performance in their respective league. “We are defending our four consecutive league championships this year,” said Muscarella. Rocklin 3, Roseville 0 Tigers 25 23 9 – 0 Thunder 27 25 25 – 3