Folsom volleyball takes Oak Ridge to fifth game

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Beginning with a loss isn’t always the worst way to start league. Folsom High’s varsity girls’ volleyball team did what no girls’ team at Folsom has been able to in four years – win a single game against Oak Ridge. Captains Jaia Lockett, Shannon Rich and Kate Whitney did more than that, winning two-of-five games, while pushing the Trojans to a 16-14 decision in the fifth to eventually win it 25-20, 24-26, 25-20, 16-25, 16-14. Folsom’s only game of the week awarded plenty of preparation time against a familiar foe. The home team even led by a significant margin the fifth game. Folsom conceded half of Oak Ridge’s kills to freshman Emily DeMure (11) and senior Mysha Davies (13). “We had them in the last game and our girls fought hard like we’ve never done against Oak Ridge,” said Cinnamon DaSilva, Folsom coach. Folsom dropped to a 2-9 record on the season, 0-1 in as many Delta River League games. Scheduling doesn’t get any easier in their next fixture, as the Bulldogs travel to St. Francis (1-0, 19-1). The Troubadours are defending their 2011 Sac-Joaquin Division I Champions and were the runner-up in 2010. Lockett banged out 23 kills in two matches against St. Francis last season. She’ll need a return to form to give the Bulldogs a chance. Her team won one game out of seven last season against the Troubadours. Looking ahead as to whether Folsom can repeat its performance against Oak Ridge when the two teams meet again in the back half of league, DaSilva was less clear. “I’m not sure if we’ll be able to do this again next time we see them, but that’s up to the girls,” said DaSilva. The Trojans’ reign over Folsom included six 3-0 match sweeps in four years – four in the last two seasons.