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Del Oro serves up Grizzlies again

Granite Bay can't break through against SFL's elite
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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It got no easier the second time around when the Granite Bay High girls volleyball team hosted Del Oro Wednesday night. The Grizzlies lost their first three league games to the top teams in the Sierra Foothill League – Del Oro, Rocklin and Nevada Union - before running off three straight to level their record heading into the second half of the season. The back half started much like the first as the Grizzlies were beaten handily by the Golden Eagles in four games – 25-17, 25-14, 11-25, 25-19. With Aly Duffin and Belle Obert putting together a combination of powerful swings and creative finishes at the net, Del Oro easily won the first two games. Granite Bay had its moment in game three, but the Lady Eagles responded to put the match away in the fourth frame. The serving of Bailey Humes and Emily Hentschke was big for Del Oro in the first two games, with Duffin also providing some solid serves in game two. The biggest story for the Golden Eagles all night long, however, was along the front line. Led by Duffin and Obert, Del Oro put constant pressure on the Granite Bay defense with big hits and timely dinks. Other than in game three, when the Grizzlies looked like world-beaters, Granite Bay was plagued with uncharacteristic mistakes the rest of the contest. The night was summed up with the last three Del Oro points in the decisive fourth game, all of which came when Granite Bay serves found the net. The Grizzlies were mis-hitting and miscommunicating throughout the match. The solid play of Sheralyn Johnson and Karly Pedone were on display for Granite Bay, but it seemed that each time their team wanted to make a run, Del Oro was able to make a play to maintain control of the match. The win leaves Del Oro alone in first place in the SFL with a 6-1 mark, while the Grizzlies move to 3-4 with some work to do in order to ensure a spot in the postseason tournament. Del Oro has the bye next Monday before hosting Oakmont (1-5) next Wednesday. Granite Bay has a tough week ahead, visiting Rocklin (5-2) Monday and then welcoming Nevada Union (5-2) to town next Wednesday.