Whitney power a bit too much for visiting Antelope
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 victory. Wildcats’ head coach Kirsten Gideon-Parker used the remaining two set to work on different strategies and to use her bench strength.
“We still have the same team chemistry that we had last year,” said Parker in comparing last season’s Sac-Joaquin Section runners-up to the 2013 squad.
“Physically, I don’t feel stronger,” Parker said as to his growth after playing varsity as a sophomore last year, “but mentally, I feel I’m more mentally fit.”
Gideon-Parker said the 2-2 Titans' squad was not at full strength with some of their athletes on the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II basketball championship team that is 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 only 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.
“I think one more year of maturity is helping this team,” said Coach Gideon-Parker, who lost two seniors from last year’s squad. “We’ve had an extra year of experience playing together. We’ve had a lot of young sophomores and a couple juniors that are now juniors and seniors are leading this team.”
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.
WHITNEY 3, ANTELOPE 0
Titans 14 20 21 – 0
Wildcats 25 25 25 – 3