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Lady Tigers outbattle Woodcreek, 3-1

By: Kurt Johnson Press-Tribune sports editor
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The Roseville High School volleyball team turned up the intensity in the latter games as it put away rival Woodcreek three games to one on Monday night at Woodcreek High School. The Lady Tigers survived an intensely fought opening game to win 28-26, and after losing game two 25-22, Roseville came back to capture the final two games 25-19 and 25-17 to take the victory. Roseville raced out to a sizable lead in the initial stanza before Woodcreek battled back, finally tying the game at 24-24. The squads traded points before a Woodcreek serve into the net put the Lady Tigers in position to capture the game. The Lady Timberwolves came into play missing a critical piece as senior hitter Megan Wilton was unavailable due to injury. Her absence caused Woodcreek to move other players around in an attempt to compensate. “We are learning together that the Sierra Foothill League gives no down time, and we need to rise to the challenge,” Woodcreek coach Brian Jew said. The second game was all Woodcreek at the outset, as the Lady Timberwolves scored early and often behind the strong play of junior middle hitter Michaela Vachuska and senior Casie Tingley. Trailing 24-13 in that game, the Lady Tigers refused to back down, setting a tone for the rest of the match. Roseville ran off nine consecutive points on the serve of senior Stephanie Burkhead to pull within two points before finally dropping a point that gave Woodcreek game two. Roseville seized control of games three and four, with setter Lindsay Gallo teaming up with a pair of teammates to put away a number of critical points. Coach Ron Grove was especially pleased with the play of those two hitters, Breanna Warnock and Katie Simon. Senior Breanna Warnock had 14 kills and 9 blocks, while junior Katie Simon joined in with 6 kills and 2 blocks, including two huge kills to close out the Lady Timberwolves in the decisive fourth game. Roseville coach Ron Grove is pleased with the way his team is coming along. “Our ability to sustain our play and fight through all of the games was the difference tonight,” Grove said. “We were able to stay positive and focused on the next play which has been a challenge for this young team. We are starting to gel as a team and mature which is important as we gain experience.” Woodcreek visits Granite Bay today for a 6:30 match, while Roseville takes a break from Sierra Foothill League play to host Ponderosa at 6:30 on Thursday.