Seniors lead as Placer rolls past Roseville
Jennifer Wright never expects a quick, tidy match against Roseville High, but that’s just what her Placer volleyball squad delivered Wednesday night at Earl Crabbe Gym.
The Hillgals coasted to a 25-20, 25-17, 25-18 win over the Tigers. It was the first time in Wright’s tenure six-year tenure that Placer has defeated Roseville.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever beaten them,” Wright said. “I know we’ve never beaten them in three.”
Seniors Michaela Leonard and Erin Ellner had big nights and junior Kirstin Schauble was all over the court with 21 assists, six kills and seven digs for the Hillgals (5-3).
Ellner played well at the net, finishing with seven kills and two blocks. Leonard heated up in the third game and finished with 11 kills.
The Tigers threatened to get back into the match in Game 3, scoring six straight points to take a 16-14 lead. But Gabby Ortez served up an ace to give the Hillgals the lead back at 17-16. Kills by Becky Matthews and Leonard down the stretch iced the win.
Matthews served up three aces and added five kills and two blocks. Orteza hit the floor for 17 digs and Kellyn McDonald contributed three blocks.
It was a sharp performance for a team that was exhausted from a weekend tournament in San Luis Obispo. Placer traveled five and a half hours on a bus Friday and played Friday night, before a marathon day of matches Saturday. The Hillgals competed well against some tough competition, with their losses coming to Westlake, Frontier of Bakersfield and Moorpark.
Placer is back on the court Thursday at Forest Lake Christian.
Del Oro 3, Oakmont 2 at Roseville — The Golden Eagles outlasted the Vikings as junior Morgan Lees led the way with 20 digs, 17 kills and 16 points served with two aces.
Tatum Jungsten tossed in 13 kills and Amy Hein dished out 35 assists for the visitors. Megan Hentschke was outstanding on the back line with 25 digs.
Stephanie Solich served up three aces and was 18-for-20 at the line while Hein served for 13 points for the Eagles (9-6).
Bear River 3, Del Campo 0 at Lake of the Pines — The Bruins remained perfect on the season thanks to a whopping 24 aces against the Cougars.
Katie Tomkiewicz led the onslaught with nine aces and Kirsten Pereira added seven as Bear River improved to 5-0. The Bruins have not lost a set yet this year.
Junior Sara Schell had 14 kills for Bear River while Tomkiewicz added eight.