Bulldogs building for the future

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High’s volleyball team has posted a 2-9 record as it nears the midpoint of the season.

The Bulldogs, however, are having fun and the program is growing, as for the first time since Eric Juline became the varsity head coach three years ago, there are enough players to field a junior varsity team.

“We had four seniors come out this year for the first time (Justin Youn, Kevin George, Jacob Laret and Josh Gillespie) and that allowed us to keep some kids down and form a JV team,” Juline said. “We have 21 total kids in the program with eight freshmen on the JV team and two more on varsity so we have a big group coming through.”

The four seniors join Nathan Young on the varsity team, who’s played for Juline the last three season. Juniors Nathan Felde and Jake Heminway are varsity players along with a pair of sophomores, Manning Lemoine and Adam Pettingill, and freshmen David and AJ Raffaelli.

The Bulldogs dropped a three-game match to Oak Ridge last Wednesday, 25-19, 25-20, and 25-17 to fall to 0-6 in the Sierra Foothill League. The Trojans (3-3 in league) handily defeated the Bulldogs like the other teams in the SFL, but with only three players in the entire program playing volleyball outside the high school team, it’s tough to be competitive.

“We’re having the most fun of any 2-9 team,” Juline said. “In our league, which is so tough, you have to. It’s tough trying to build a program when the entire league is ranked among the top-25 teams in the section. Hopefully, the guys keep coming back and we can get some momentum and keep improving.”

Juline said while the JV team is also struggling like the varsity team, he said the team’s scores have become more competitive. The varsity team had some leads against Oak Ridge, but couldn’t hold on to them.

“Our work ethic is good,” Juline said. “We come to play and have fun. As a program, we just have to play more and get more court time. You just can’t come out and expect to compete. Hopefully, more guys will look to playing club volleyball and get more practice and playing time.”