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Experienced Lady Bulldogs hope for improvement

By: Brett Ransford Telegraph Correspondent
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In preparation for the new girls’ volleyball season, the Folsom High girls’ volleyball team won its first game in a test of endurance and maturity against El Dorado on Tuesday in Folsom. After coming back from deficits in the first two games, Folsom dropped the next two and had to squeeze out a fifth-game win to beat El Dorado 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 18-25, 15-6. In the fifth game, the Lady Bulldogs seemed to find their stride – a stride which will be necessary in a competitive Delta River League. “On a scale of 1-10, 10 being really prepared, I feel like we’re at a seven,” said Shannon Rich, one of Folsom’s three senior captains. “We’ve got a ways to go, but we’re getting really close.” The Bulldogs stand at 1-1-0 in two games so far this season. They dropped a 3-1 match to Christian Brothers, last season’s Division II runner up to two-time section champion Vista del Lago. Cinnamon DaSilva, Folsom head coach, said the team’s first win was not a good showing of this team’s capability. “Even against Christian Brothers, there were times where it seemed like they were just holding back,” said DaSilva. “Until I can get them to see what they really could be they’re not going to play with that full confidence I need them at.” Co-Captains Jaia Lockett and Kate Whitney’s kills saved Folsom from deficits as large as eight points in the first two games against El Dorado. Lockett had three aces, two kills and a block in game one. Game five was the only one of the match where the Bulldogs looked especially dominant from start to finish. “Our momentum was thrown off a little by the two losses, but we got back into it at the end of the fourth game and the start of the fifth,” said Lockett. “I actually think we’re going to be a pretty good team compared to the previous years.” Making playoffs three of the last four years is respectable by any account, but this Folsom team has its collective eye set further. “Hopefully we can actually make it into the second round,” said Lockett. “I think because we’ve all played together so much before, that we’ll be better.” Experience is on Folsom’s side this season. Ashley Hallums, Kaitlin McAurther and Taylor Bright round out a core of six seniors on Folsom’s nine-player roster.