AUBURN– Less than a week away from the opening of Foothill Valley League action, Placer High’s girls volleyball team took a step Tuesday night in a direction that coach Jennifer Wright will carry over when FVL battles begin.
Led by another balanced all-around team effort that saw several different players step up and contribute, Placer turned away visiting Bear River in three games in Earl Crabbe Gym.
Buoyed by outside hitter Amy Hiatt’s eight kills, seven serving aces and seven digs, the Hillmen swept past the Bruins, 25-20, 25-10, 25-7.
“Our offense and defense was pretty evenly distributed tonight,” said Wright, who saw her team raise its season mark to 5-4. “It was a nice win at home to start the week.”
The Hillmen will try and keep their momentum going Thursday night when they host Sierra Foothill League foe Whitney. The Wildcats downed Colfax, 3-1, Tuesday. The match will be one of two final tune-ups – the other a Tuesday night contest at Rio Americano – before Placer starts FVL play Sept. 17 against Nevada Union.
Katie Schwab also shined in Placer’s win as she ran the offense and finished with 10 assists.
Placer also went 1-3 in last weekend’s CIVT Tournament in Sacramento. The Hillmen topped Lodi and fell to Pleasant Grove, Beyer and Pioneer.
Whitney 3, Colfax 1
Tied at 1-1, the visiting Wildcats took a close third game and used it as a springboard to the non-league win. After the dust had settled, Whitey topped the Falcons, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19.
“We played better, but we made some mistakes you can’t make against a good team,” said Colfax coach Haley Biles.
Colfax, 4-3 on the season, received nine kills from Halle Neumann and five apiece from Jacy Dean and Keegan O’Sullivan. Kayla Beebe was also a standout on the frontline with four blocks.
Colfax is idle until hosting Del Oro Sept. 11.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SCOREBOARD (INFO BOX IF THERE’S SPACE)
Christian Brothers 3, Capital Christian 2
Vista del Lago 3, El Camino 2
Faith Christian 3, El Dorado Adventist 0
Rocklin 3, El Camino 0
Pleasant Grove 3, Granite Bay 1
Placer 3, Bear River 0
St. Francis 3, Davis 0
Whitney 3, Colfax 1
Woodcreek 3, Bella Vista 0
Roseville 3, Antelope 0
Valley Christian 3, Buckingham Charter 1
Woodland Christian 3, Forest Lake Christian 0
Roseville 3, El Dorado 1
Casa Roble 3, Center 0
Ponderosa 3, Union Mine 0
Vista del Lago 3, Del Campo 0
El Camino 3, Capital Christian 0
Nevada Union 3, Pleasant Valley 2