Timberwolves spike Franklin in section tourney

Placer next in Woodcreek playoff run
By: Press Tribune sports staff
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Entering Tuesday’s playoff match on the road at Franklin of Elk Grove, the Woodcreek High boys volleyball team knew little about its opponent. The Timberwolves, however, were confident that a season’s worth of preparation in the mighty Sierra Foothill League had prepared them for all comers. “We went into this match not knowing much about Franklin,” said Woodcreek coach Brian Jew. “I knew they had a strong lefty but that was it. We knew they were undefeated in their league but we were confident that playing in the SFL prepared us for just about everything.” As the match played out, the Timberwolves proved Jew correct in his pre-game assessment as they dominated the match and took care of business in three straight games (25-21, 25-17, 25-19). Woodcreek executed extremely well all night long, as multiple players delivered high percentages at the net. Ryan Albers and Cameron Deatherage (nine kills) led the way as both put down well over 50 percent of their chances. Brad Bastian (eight kills), Jordan Sanchez (six kills) and Kris Powell (six kills) were also strong up front. “We went into this game with our same game plan to just play our game,” Jew said. “It worked well for us. We were strong at the net and attacked and blocked well. Defensively we covered and passed well.” Michael continued his steady play at the setter position, and Brad Rostratter and Sanchez were both solid on the back row. The Timberwolves move on to the quarterfinals of the first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section boys volleyball tournament, where they will get a chance to see a very familiar foe, SFL South rival Placer. The Hillmen, who finished third in the division, upset Oak Ridge Tuesday in five games to earn the trip to Roseville to face second-place Woodcreek. “This should be a huge battle,” Jew said. “They beat us early in the season and we beat them for our last league match. So we will find who moves on.” With Nevada Union and Granite Bay rolling along as well, the Sierra Foothill League is home to four of the eight section quarterfinalists. The Timberwolves and Placer put the ball in play Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the gym at Woodcreek.