Whitney power a bit too much for visiting Antelope

‘Cats take a 3-0 sweep
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Whitney High boys volleyball team jumped on visiting Antelope for an easy first-set triumph and then went on cruise control to claim a 3-0 victory for their opening match in Capital Athletic League play Thursday night.

Led by junior David Parker, the Wildcats collected a dozen kills in the first game for a 25-14 win. Wildcats’ head coach Kirsten Gideon-Parker used the remaining two set to work on different strategies and to use her bench strength.

Gideon-Parker said the 2-2 Titans squad was not at full strength as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II basketball champions are still competing in the postseason. She said things could be different when they meet again April 2.

Antelope kept pace in game two after the Wildcats began working more on defense than their powerful offensive attack. Libero David Smith had three digs in that set and Kyle Reese registered three blocks. The ‘Cats had 11 blocks and six digs in all and Kirk Basquez ended game two serving up an ace.

Game three was more of the same but Whitney again went to their power hammering Antelope with 13 kills. The ‘Cats slowly pulled away and sealed the victory when Kalen Harris ripped his fifth kill into the heart of the Titans’ defense for which there was no return.

Whitney entertains Placer March 12 and then heads for Rio Americano March 14. The Hillmen and Bear River compete in the CAL as Mira Loma and Cordova do not have boys volleyball.

Whitney improved to 5-1 with their only loss coming against Granite Bay, 3-2.



Titans              14  20  21 – 0

Wildcats          25  25  25 – 3

_ Read more on this match and other Rocklin sports in the March 14 edition of the Placer Herald