Folsom sweeps Sheldon, playoff spot likely locked up

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Folsom’s 3-0 win over Sheldon on Thursday night earned the Lady Bulldogs another trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, according to coach Cinnamon DaSilva. The Lady Bulldogs have squeaked into sections as the No. 16 seed for the past two years, but DaSilva believes the Lady Bulldogs should be around 11th with matches against Ponderosa, Pleasant Grove and Oak Ridge still to play in league. DaSilva wants her team to play with confidence and they did so against Sheldon in an easy 25-12, 25-23 and 25-9 victory. While the second game got a little hairy, games one and three were highlights of a team prepared to tangle with the best. “We got everybody in tonight; it was a whole team contribution and they had times where they were challenging us, which was nice keep us on our toes,” DaSilva said. “The girls are really excited that we’re seeded 11th into the playoffs and we’re keeping that as our focus and motivation to keep pushing.” Folsom took St. Francis to four games earlier this week, eventually losing a 3-1 match. It was the first time this season the Troubadours have lost a single game to a league opponent. They also took one game against Ponderosa, who will host Folsom on Tuesday in their next league match. “It just shows what you can do when you truly believe in your team. We’ve had that all season. We’ve been very consistent and continued to work on what we need to work on. Good things come to those who work hard and this team is a tribute to that.” Kaitlin McAurther’s serving and defense played a large role in Folsom’s second shutout of Sheldon this season. Outside hitter Ashley Hallums, who the team jokes with for being a hitter and sometimes not displaying her jumping skills, got off the ground for the win, according to DaSilva. “Ashley got off the ground and hit some balls tonight,” said DaSilva. Kate Whitney has also stepped up play recently, helping Folsom in a solid setting position and making it possible for hitters to come out of their shoes. “It’s nice to see the work being spread out a little bit, especially at this time in the season,” said DaSilva. Folsom plays host to Pleasant Grove Thursday before ending the regular season at Oak Ridge on Tuesday.