Thunder spike Roseville in SFL volleyball battle

By: Staff Report
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Serving and passing were the keys in Wednesday night’s volleyball game in the gym at Rocklin High School. Its advantage in those two areas carried the Rocklin Thunder girls volleyball team to a four-game win over Roseville in a huge Sierra Foothill League match. Rocklin lost the second game and had to fight through a highly competitive third stanza on its way to a 25-20, 19-25, 26-24, 25-19 victory that leaves the Thunder alone in second place in the league standings. “They served and passed better than we did,” said Roseville coach Ron Grove. “We missed 12 serves in the match and did not pass well. We had our chances but we made too many errors to win. It was about execution.” Grove was impressed with his team’s blocking game, and considered it the high point of their night. Katie Simon continued to dominate in that aspect of the game, with 16 blocks and Simone Durham added seven. Unfortunately it was not enough,” Grove said. “Our errors outweighed everything else we did. You cannot do that against a team like Rocklin. They passed really and we had to play defense most of the night.” Kelsey Roland delivered seven kills and added to the Tigers’ block total with five of her own and setter Kali Lahoun was on her game again. “Kali Lauhon, who is really coming on as a setter and team leader, set a great match,” Grove said, “giving hitters opportunities for kills.” We just needed to pass better so she can have three options to set for hitters.” Roseville (5-4 in the SFL) is back in action on its home court Monday when it hosts Granite Bay (4-5). Rocklin (7-2) is at Oakmont (1-7) on Monday.