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Lady Bulldogs outlasted by Lodi in five games

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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It took five games for the Lodi volleyball team to defeat the resilient Lady Bulldogs on Thursday night at Folsom High. Nevertheless, the Lady Flames escaped Folsom with a five-game win, 31-29, 20-25, 25-22, 19-25 and 15-10. Lodi’s Kaitlin Drake scored four points in the final game (15 overall) to help close the door on Folsom. “If we’re going to lose, I want to lose in five and not three. We kept charging. I thought both teams deserved to win but unfortunately, you can’t have that happen,” said Folsom coach Cinnamon DaSilva. “We got caught off guard on serve-receive a few times and we had a few communication errors. Right now we’re still trying to find our team tempo. We played well, we just didn’t finish strong.” Game one went into extra points after a few exciting rallies. With the game tied at 27, both teams played multiple balls off the net before it finally fell into Folsom territory. Lodi would end up taking game one, 31-29. The second set belonged to the Lady Bulldogs as junior Ashley Hallums had a kill and a pair of aces to give Folsom an early 7-0 lead. Lodi made its own seven-point run midway through the game, but Folsom finished the set at 25-20 with a couple of kills from Jaia Lockett. Each team saw momentum swings after games three and four. Lockett gave Folsom two straight aces in game three to go up 16-10 before Lodi began scratching its way back. Lodi setter Alexis Barba tied the game at 22 with an ace and, on the same service run, ended the game with a second ace, 25-22. Folsom junior Shannon Rich elevated her defensive play at the net in game four as well as serving up two aces during a six-point run which led to a 25-19 win for the Lady Bulldogs. Lockett had 19 kills, Nicole Solak had six kills and three aces and setter Elise Newton assisted on 35 points throughout the match for the Lady Bulldogs. “We hit a lot of balls right into the block and our service wasn’t good at all. That was the difference in the game,” said the senior Solak, who also had five blocks that fell in for points. “This is the best that our team’s played together this year. We never gave up on the long rallies. We just need to play smarter.”