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Whitney falls to Rio Americano, wins big over Mira Loma

Hopes of defeating Raiders don't materialize
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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In spite of Whitney High School’s volleyball decisive victory over Mira Loma, Monday, the Wildcats couldn’t repeat the performance against a strong Rio Americano club, Wednesday. Whitney did take the first game 25-20, but Raiders swept the final three sets by the same score in the three remaining games. The loss dropped the Wildcats’ record to 4-3 in league play, while Rio Americano improved to 6-1. El Camino sits at the top of the Capital Athletic League standings with a 7-0 record. Whitney hosts the Eagles Monday night. Mira Loma _ The visitors may not have been the most formidable opponent for Whitney in preparing for their rematch with Rio Americano, but the Wildcats maintained their focus to shut out the visitors, 3-0, last Monday. It didn’t look promising in set one as the Matadors refused to go away, and actually tied the game 13-13 at one point. However, All League candidate Kaylin Squyres began to make her presence known to help put away Mira Loma, 25-18. Squyres had five kills and two aces in the set. “No practice Thursday, so we came out really lackadaisical, I may say,” said volleyball head coach James Todd following the match. “I threatened them with a lot of wind sprints at practice, so we set goals during this match and they achieved them.” In game two, the Wildcats came out in strike force. Squyres had seven kills on seven sets from Lainey Basquez. Squyres also had five service aces to augment her efforts. Julia Davena also served up five-straight points during one stretch, and Mackenzie Berlin and Lindsey Keney also had kills as the ‘Cats rolled to a 25-8 victory. Game three was almost over before it began. Davena had nine service points, including three aces, to give Whitney a 12-2 bulge. The Matadors would earn only one more point after that. “I think we are more focused on trying to beat Rio, Wednesday,” said Basquez as to the Wildcats’ newfound intensity. “I think we’re all putting our focus into beating Rio.” Whitney had Rio Americano on the ropes in their first meeting in September taking the first two sets. Then, after the Raiders managed a 25-22 win in game three, the Wildcats came apart losing the final two sets 25-7, and 15-7. They now have won four-straight matches without losing a game. “Threatening them with running did the job,” Todd said with a laugh. “They didn’t want to run.” Rio American had lost three of their last five matches. Mira Loma 18 8 3 Whitney 25 25 25 Capital Athletic League Standings El Camino 7-0 20-1 Rio Americano 6-1 19-7 Whitney 4-3 14-9 Antelope 2-4 4-7 Mira Loma 1-5 4-9 Cordova 0-7 0-10