Lady Trojans outlast Folsom in five games

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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For the second straight time, the Folsom and Oak Ridge volleyball teams needed five games to decide the outcome of their second Delta River League meeting. And for the second straight time, it was the Lady Trojans who emerged victorious at home after the match was over, 25-16, 25-12, 11-25, 22-25 and 15-10. Nobody thought that Folsom would have found itself in a fourth game, let alone a fifth and deciding set given the results of the first two sets. Oak Ridge took control of the match by taking the first two sets with hard-hitting from numerous Lady Trojans. Down 0-2, Folsom looked like a completely different team from that point on. “Apparently losing makes us mad and we were fired up in the third and fourth game. We served really tough and it gave us some momentum,” said Folsom coach Cinnamon DaSilva. The Lady Bulldogs upped their defensive efforts in the third set. Folsom started out on an 8-1 run to begin the game with big defensive blocks from Jaia Lockett and Shannon Rich en route to the 25-11 set victory. Folsom again came out with a strong start, jumping ahead 8-3 early in the fourth. A back-and-forth contest would ensue until the game was tied at 19. Three straight unforced Lady Trojan errors allowed Folsom a 22-19 lead before a pair of kills from Rachel McVicar knotted the game back at 22 for Oak Ridge. After Oak Ridge was called for a lift, Folsom middle Hannah Tollette served up consecutive aces to close out game four, 25-22. At the start of the fifth game, Oak Ridge picked up where they left off at the end of the second game. The Lady Trojans began with a 10-1 run. Folsom didn’t go away quietly but the Lady Trojans finally shut them out, 15-10, behind a big fifth game from both Hayley Corell and Emily DeMure. “We just didn’t have it in that last game. It was still a great match,” said DaSilva. “Being down like that in the first two, that’s a hard thing to come back from. Like we always say, ‘clear heads, full hearts’, the girls definitely cleared it out and played like they wanted to. Win or lose, they turned it around and gave it their all.” Amelia Crye posted 11 kills to lead Oak Ridge while Corell added 10. Tara McDermott had 35 assists and Maddie Chambliss had 30 digs. Lockett led Folsom with nine kills and six blocks while Rich added seven and five, respectively. Kate Whitney handed out 18 assists for the Lady Bulldogs. “Great teams can sweep teams in three and we are not quite yet a great team,” said Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter, whose team is now 5-1 in the DRL (17-11 overall). “We’ve got to get our girls to be able to play under pressure, put balls away and be intelligent, diverse hitters. We need to tip some, roll shot and take big swings and know when it’s appropriate to do that and we’ll work on that in practice.” Folsom (4-11, 2-3 DRL) is trying to make a push for the third Delta River League playoff spot. They have a tall order this week when they play St. Francis at home on Wednesday and travel to Ponderosa for the first of two meetings with the Lady Bruins on Friday. “We’re making a playoff push. I have to have the team that showed up at the end tonight and not the team that showed up in the beginning,” said DaSilva.