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Oak Ridge sweeps Folsom in three

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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With a depleted roster, the Oak Ridge boys’ volleyball team won a three-game sweep of host Folsom 25-23, 29-27, 25-23. Despite holding leads through the first two games, including pushing the Trojans past 25 points in the second, Folsom’s service and hitting errors cost them. Missing five players, Oak Ridge relied on Trent Stigerts to pull them out of each hole. Tanner Chadwell helped Folsom jump out ahead in the first and third games. Slowly but surely, however, Oak Ridge found Stigerts in the back and front rows and he countered Chadwell when it mattered. In a match lacking consistency, Stigerts was the clutch-time performer. Folsom led 23-20 in the second, only to lose at his hands again. The third game went back and forth, but Oak Ridge led the entire way. The last two points were Folsom errors, which coach Jason Cole said came down to a lack of experience. “I feel like it could have been either team’s night, but it was definitely theirs,” Cole said. “They were a just a little bit more consistent than us.” The Bulldogs have struggled not just in league, but in players even being at practices or games. Their third-straight loss was a sloppy game by both teams. Coming off a tournament win at the Nor Cal Vallejo Tournament, Oak Ridge coach Melanie DeMure said it was not good looking volleyball on her team’s part. “I don’t know if this classifies as good enough. We won, but it was very ugly volleyball,” DeMure said. “We have not played volleyball like that all season. [At the tournament] they played phenomenal. Today we’re talking about just barely getting by. Just barely.” Both teams dealt with personnel issues. Cole said player commitments and practice times have been unreliable, while DeMure was missing five players on a roster of 12. Starting middles Brock Middleton and Storm Van Soldt did not play. Marcus Lippuner, Austin DeVincenzi and Zach Lauterbach were also gone. Oak Ridge will play a makeup game against Jesuit on Thursday. DeMure said she may not have Lippuner, DeVincenzi or Lauterbach for the rest of the season. Folsom takes on league-leading 3-0 Ponderosa next week.