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Whitney boys volleyball on winning streak

Wildcats comeback sinks Jesuit
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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Just when it looked like Whitney’s amazing winning streak would come to an end the ‘Cats went wild and stormed back to take the fifth and deciding match against Jesuit and keep in tact a 13-1 record. In a tournament last weekend they did lose some two-game pool-play matches, but their regular season play is still unblemished. The Wildcats lost their season opener to Rocklin back in February, but they haven’t lost a match since. Against Jesuit in Whitney’s small gym the two clubs opened with a seesaw battle that eventually went to the Wildcats, 25-23. However, in game two the ‘Cats seemed to lose focus as the Marauders slammed them 25-13. “We tend to have and issue when we fall behind,” said Whitney head coach Kirsten Gideon-Parker. “They tend to get down on themselves. It’s something that we’re trying to work through.” To take their minds off the loss the coach has the players do pushups and sit ups between sets. She said that tends take their focus off the loss and helps her to put their minds back on technique and positioning. Although it wasn’t enough to get them back on track for game three, the ‘Cats regained their focus in game four and downed Jesuit 25-17. In the crucial fifth set Whitney again fell behind. Jesuit seemed to have the match in hand with a 13-7 lead, but they rallied to blow by the Marauders for the 16-14 victory. “We have a lot of new players this year,” said Whitney’s David Parker. Although he is a sophomore David Parker has a good deal of playing experience. “We have some club players and we have a little bit of leadership, so we bond, we talk. We don’t just go off onto the court and try to swing our hardest.” As and outside hitter David Parker collects quite a few kills. In fact he leads the team with more than 100 kills. His teammate Archy Litvinchuk is second in kills on the club with 58. Although his aggressive play also has him leading in errors David Parker rarely comes out during a match. The team also has an 87.9 percent serving percentage and has totaled only 60 errors in 21 sets played. “They’re getting better about pulling themselves out of the hole,” said coach Parker-Gideon of her team’s maturation. “Only tonight, and against Bear River, where we had to play five sets did the kids have to work at it and really concentrate on their technique.” When including last week’s tournament, the club has played 10 matches where they had not given up a set. They were scheduled to host Placer, Tuesday, and then travel to Rio Americano for a Capital Athletic League match. They are 5-0 in league. Placer and Bear River are members of the Capital Boys Volleyball League. Mira Loma and Cordova did not field a boys volleyball team. Whitney 3, Jesuit 2 Marauders 23 25 25 17 14 – 2 Wildcats 25 13 21 25 16 – 3