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Whitney season, and Wildcats volleyball future

Playoff bid ends at Placer
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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AUBURN _ The Whitney High girls volleyball team was unable to topple No. 6 seed Placer in round one of the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs, but what the Wildcats accomplished this season could well set the pace for the future. Playing in the Capital Athletic League, Whitney finished third behind El Camino and Rio Americano; both are Division II teams. The Eagles of El Camino were selected as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, ahead of Rocklin, No. 2. The Wildcats finished the season 9-5 in league, 22-15 overall. Last season the ‘Cats were 4-6 in league, and 8-12 overall. To go along with those remarkable strides were the selection of Kaylin Squyres as co-MVP of the Capital Athletic League, and Julia Davena as first team All League, along with Squyres. Also, first-year coach James Todd was selected as the CAL’s Coach of the Year. “Be really aggressive,” said Squyres, as her advice to underclassmen, “because aggression and dominance wins games. And believe that you’re the best, because that is what it’s going to take.” Squyres will attend UC Davis next fall on a full-ride athletic scholarship for volleyball. Also scheduled to graduate this season are Davena, Jessie North, and Shealyn Herbert. The rest of the team included five juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman. Whitney won the first game against Placer, before losing the next three in a 3-1 loss, Nov. 8. The Wildcats took game four into overtime before the Hillmen came out on top, 28-26.