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Whitney spikers sweep Oakmont

By: Jennifer Gong, Press Tribune Correspondent
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After struggling with a three-game losing streak, the Whitney High boys volleyball team was able to defeat Oakmont at home 25-23, 25-23, and 25-16 Tuesday. During an extremely close first game, both Whitney and Oakmont fought hard for each point. Oakmont junior Travis Coleman stepped in for the Vikings as libero replacing injured player, Jordan Schneider. Coleman went on a serving run in the first game, but it wasn’t quite enough as Whitney senior Chris Adams dominated the net with huge hits. Fighting hard to stay on top, Whitney was able to hold on to the first game 25-23. Going into the second game, Oakmont came out fired up and took the lead early. The Vikings' senior middle hitter Dylan Baldwin was a force for Oakmont with a number of critical kills and blocks. However, Whitney’s sophomore Justin Vaughen’s tough serves slowed Oakmont down and kept the wildcats in the game. Vaughen was able to consistently set up Adams at the net for some big kills and Whitney took the lead. The sophomore finished out the game 25-23 with an ace. Oakmont could not control the ball in the third game and struggled with serve returns. Whitney easily took the game 25-16 to sweep the match. Whitney coach Erich Means was very pleased with the team. “We are really young," Means said. "Right now there are only two seniors on the team so with that in mind, we are getting better.” Whitney (1-3 in the SFL, 5-8 overall) travels to Woodcreek (1-3, 6-9) on Thursday to take on the Timberwolves, while Oakmont (2-2, 6-6) will take a drive up the hill on Thursday to play Bear River (2-2, 5-13).