Folsom volleyball opens SFL with win over Nevada Union

By: Matt Long
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Winning is fun and it’s not always easy to do, so when it does happen, it does a lot of good.

After suffering four straight losses dating back to Sept. 2, Folsom High’s varsity girls’ volleyball team opened Sierra Foothill League play Monday with a four-game win over Nevada Union. All four games were competitive, as the losing team scored at least 20 points in every game. Not only was it a nice win for the Bulldogs, but to pull out a win in a pressure-packed situation boded well for them.

“The girls were a lot more calm and our defense and our serve-receive were much more consistent,” Folsom coach Michella Harvey said. “We didn’t panic when the score was tight.”

Folsom won the first two games 25-22 and 28-26 before losing the third game 25-20. The team pulled it together in the next game, winning 26-24 to take the match three games to one.

Harvey said the team’s strong serve-receive game helped the team to the win. Isabel Becerra had 22 receptions, while Karmin Brown had 13 and Marissa Plaza made 10. The strong first pass allowed setter Sabrina Bigley to run an efficient offense. She had 34 assists with middle blockers Allison Hakes contributing 11 kills and Sydney Radell making eight. Outside Claire Kehoe led the way with 12 kills.

While the team struggled with their serve in the loss to Vista del Lago, the team served much better against Nevada Union, which helped the team to victory. Folsom only had five serving errors in the match.

The competition ramps up next week, as the team plays host to Rocklin on Monday and Oak Ridge on Wednesday.

“The win over Nevada Union relieved some pressure from the players, but also added some,” said Harvey, as the team faces greater challenges ahead.

“Discipline will be important next week,” Harvey said. “We have talent, and we have height, and we need discipline so those things don’t go to waste.”