Lady Bulldog volleyball team seeks playoff berth

By: Matt Long
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With the playoffs approaching, Folsom High’s varsity girls’ volleyball team is out to prove they belong. The Lady Bulldogs picked up a big win over Sheldon on Thursday in three games and every win Folsom earns improves their chances of earning a berth in the playoffs. Folsom defeated the Huskies in three straight games, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-19. “There was a lot riding on this match,” Folsom coach Cinnamon DaSilva said. “The pressure was on for us to prove that we deserve to be in the playoffs. I thought we had a lot of positive energy that kept us moving forward when we faced difficult times.” After winning the first game, the Lady Bulldogs struggled early in the second game and fell behind. Trailing 21-16, Kaitlin McArthur served for seven straight points, six of which Folsom won, to give Folsom a 23-22 lead and the team went on to earn the final two points to win the game. McArthur also had four blocks on the night. Jaia Lockett and Kendyl Saunders led the team in hitting with eight kills on the night, while Nicole Solak added five and Elise Newton had three. Solak earned two of the team’s four aces, while Lockett, Saunders and Tiana Lee all had double-digit passing totals. Lockett also made no errors in receiving or digging. Kate Whitney ended the night with 11 assists. Earlier in the week Folsom lost to St. Francis in three straight games, 25-12, 25-10 and 25-14. “We scored four more points against them than we did previously and our overall stats improved,” DaSilva said of the loss. Folsom’s next match is at Pleasant Grove on Thursday.