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Thunder top Nevada Union to close first half 6-0

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High’s varsity volleyball team beat visiting Nevada Union Monday to close the first half of Sierra Foothill League play undefeated. The Thunder (24-2-1 overall, 6-0 in the SFL) topped the Miners 19-25, 25-6, 29-27, 25-17. Rocklin had swept each of the other league opponents 3-0. Rocklin has a two-game lead over both Nevada Union (4-2) and Granite Bay (4-2) as it heads into the second half of the schedule. “Those two are within striking distance and Del Oro (3-3) is not far off,” Rocklin coach Dave Muscarella said. Muscarella began coaching the Thunder in 1999 and Rocklin’s best SFL record was 11-1 in 2002. Rocklin also hasn’t lost a non-tournament match all season. “Yes it has (been the best start to a season),” said Muscarella, who graduated three players from last year’s team that earned college scholarships for volleyball. “We’ve done well and the kids are playing hard. I expected us to compete but certainly didn’t expect us to be as good as we are right now.” Muscarella expected stellar play from seniors Lori Yokomizo (setter), Janelle Currey and Hannah Anderson this season but he has received solid contributions from throughout the roster. “Breanna Velasquez (libero) had a really good game (against Nevada Union) and Hannah is on the outside now and making the adjustment,” Muscarella said. “Corissa Santos has done a really nice job on the right side and our two young (players) in the middle, Olivia Lane and Clarissa Prewitt, have done well.” A loss Monday would have dropped the Thunder into a tie for first place with the Miners. And Nevada Union took the first game. “We made some unforced errors in the first game and then in the second game we made adjustments (to cut down) on our unforced errors in serve and receive,” Muscarella said. Rocklin dominated the second game 25-6 and never let the Miners score consecutive points. “Currey and Lori both did a great job serving in (game two),” Muscarella said. “And then we had a fairly comfortable lead, up 22-17, and we let them back in the third game. Twice they served (with a chance to win the) game.” In the end though it was Anderson who served the final point in the Thunder victory in game three. Rocklin then handled its business in game four to earn the win. The Thunder also beat Del Oro (25-18, 25-16, 25-22) on the road Oct. 1. Rocklin opened the second half against visiting Woodcreek Wednesday and will play at Granite Bay Monday and Roseville next Wednesday. Both matches will start at 6 p.m. Whitney The Wildcats are 3-2 in the Pioneer Valley League after winning at Lincoln (12-25, 25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 15-9) Oct. 2. Whitney, which was defeated 3-1 by visiting Placer Sept. 30, also hosted Colfax in a PVL match Tuesday. Whitney will play at Bear River today and host El Dorado Oct. 16, both matches starting at 6 p.m.