Bulldog volleyball team swept by Trojans

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Looking at their record, it’s been a difficult season for Folsom High’s volleyball team.

Wednesday night the Bulldogs lost to Oak Ridge in three games, 25-11, 25-18 and 25-16 to fall to 0-5 in the Delta River League.

When teams aren’t winning, coaches have to look for other signs of success and coach Jason Cole has done that. While the team has had trouble winning matches, the program as a whole is moving in the right direction, improving with each match.

“It’s been a difficult season, as it’s hard for kids to commit because it’s a secondary sport for all of them,” Cole said. “We have very little experience so it’s easy to see improvement, most of which has come in their understanding of the game and what they are supposed to do and why. We’ve still had trouble executing, though, and that will come with experience.”

Despite the three game sweep to Oak Ridge, Folsom had some good performances and seemed to have fun on the court. In the first game following a kill off an Oak Ridge block from Steve Wallace, Joey deMontel held serve for five straight points with the first two points coming on a tip from Victor Nnowalue and the second on an ace by deMontel. The final two points come on Oak Ridge hitter errors, which put Folsom in front 6-5. The game’s final tie came at eight, before the Trojans pulled away.

In game two, James Rogers got his powerful jump serve going, far and away the best on the team, as the Bulldogs won five-straight points before Rogers put a bit too much into his sixth serve and it sailed out of bounds.

The Bulldogs stayed close in the second game, the last tie coming at 11 and trailed only 19-16 before Oak Ridge pulled away to a 25-18 win.

Folsom scored the first three points of the third game, starting with an outstanding defensive effort by Lucas Bowers and Nnowalue on consecutive blocks, but it was all Trojans after that, as they scored 10 straight points to put the Bulldogs in a big hole.

Oak Ridge went on to win the game 25-16.

“The thing that hurt us tonight was that we didn’t play together,” Cole said.

The goal for the rest of the season is to keep improving.

“We have to highlight minor successes, like getting a few more serves in each game or putting more balls down,” Cole said. “Our goal is to improve by two percent every game and I think we’ve been doing that.”