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Lady Bulldogs hang tough, split league games

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Delta River League volleyball schedule is fully underway. After a dismal start, the Lady Bulldogs of Folsom High have been trying to find ways to scratch out wins to stay in the hunt for a postseason berth. Coach Cinnamon DaSilva’s varsity squad split two league games this past week, sweeping Sheldon at home on Tuesday before losing three straight games against Ponderosa on Thursday. In the 3-0 win against Sheldon, DaSilva said that she was happy with the consistent, smart and aggressive overall play from her team—aspects of their game that had been absent in recent weeks. DaSilva was particularly vocal about the performances of outside hitter Jaia Lockett (10 kills and four aces), setter Morgan Killiam (10 assists) and libero Tiana Lee (11 digs and three aces). “Jaia showed great leadership on the court for her team and for herself,” DaSilva said. “Morgan has been working so hard and you can see the improvement everywhere on the court. Tiana showed extreme confidence in the libero jersey with the ownership she took in running the defense.” The Lady Bulldogs had a much more difficult time with Ponderosa. Although the Lady Bruins greatly outsized Folsom, DaSilva said she was pleased with the interior defensive effort against the Ponderosa attack. “We had many chances to get behind the steering wheel, but instead of driving like we stole it, we gave the keys back to (Ponderosa) and went along for the ride,” said DaSilva of the unforced Bulldog errors and the inability to control loose balls. Last week’s split puts Folsom at 1-2 in league play and 3-11 overall. The Lady Bulldogs look to challenge Plesant Grove at home tonight and Oak Ridge on the road on Thursday.