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PREP VOLLEYBALL

Whitney shakes off Rocklin loss in volleyball Foundation Game

Woodcreek falls to Wildcats
By: Jim Linsdau/Placer Herald Sports Editor
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After dropping a 3-1 decision to Rocklin last week in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section volleyball game at Whitney High, the Wildcats came back to take it out on Division I Woodcreek to the tune of 25-22, 25-23, and 25-12. Whitney volleyball head coach James Todd wasn’t that concerned with his club’s loss to the Thunder. Whitney opened the match with a 25-20 victory in the first set but came undone in the second. However, the ‘Cats finished strong although dropping the last two games 25-23, and 25-18. “We played really good at points. We had one bad set,” Todd said as to the Foundation Game. “We broke down a few times. We had a lot of disappointments that we sorted out during practice.” After winning two tight sets against the Timberwolves, the Wildcats broke it open in the final stanza to complete the three game sweep 25-12. “In the Rocklin game we broke down a few times, but today we stuck through the tough moments,” Todd said. “We were down 12-18 and made a comeback and won the set. So they actually stuck together during tough times and they executed the game plan really good.” Whitney played host to Bella Vista Wednesday and tonight faces Oakmont on the road. The Vikings were 2-0 going into last night’s match against Roseville. ROCKLIN _ The Thunder slipped to 1-2 after defeating Whitney, falling to both Ripon Christian and El Camino. Facing the team that defeated them in last season’s section championship, Rocklin again came out as runners up. The Thunder took the match to four games by clipping the Eagles 25-20 in the third set. However, El Camino regrouped in game four to claim the victory 25-14. The girls in blue played host to Ripon Christian Aug. 28 and gave the Knights a tough battle before succumbing 3-1. The Thunder took set two 25-19, but lost the other three games by just two points in each set – 25-23, 26-24, and 25-23. Ripon Christian was the 2011 section champions for Division V. Rocklin was scheduled to entertain St. Francis Tuesday and host Union Mine tonight. Match times 6 p.m. (Rocklin game) We had a lot of disappointments that we sorted out during practice to bring a little more intensity during those practices like they tend to lose focus sometimes. When the going got tough in that match it showed that we got rattled. So the past few practices they’ve been a little more intense and it paid off today. Even during tough times we didn’t freeze up. In the Rocklin game we broke down a few times but today we stuck through the tough moments. We were down 12-18 and made a comeback and won the set so they actually stuck together during tough times and they executed the game plan really good. They’ve made tremendous progress. We’re moving in the upward direction, we’ve haven’t hit a plateau yet, which is great. We keep on getting better, they keep on coming to work every practice. This is an amazing group. James Todd _ Just taking a set off them was a big accomplishment for this school, they’ve never done it before and we actually had a chance to take it to five. We played really good at points, we had one bad set.