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Granite Bay volleyball sweeps Lady Trojans at Oak Ridge

By: Nick Pecoraro/Folsom Telegraph Correspondent
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Granite Bay High School's volleyball team delivered a victory in three games over Oak Ridge on Tuesday night in El Dorado Hills, 25-16, 25-23 and 26-24. The sweep did not, however, come without a few scares from the Lady Trojans.

After smoothly claiming the first set, the Lady Grizzlies were pushed to the brink in sets two and three.

At match point, Granite Bay held a 24-15 lead before Oak Ridge regained the serve on an Emily DeMure kill. The freshman contributed three points, matched by Marisa McConnell’s three, during a nine-point run that knotted the score at 24, backing Granite Bay onto its heels. The Trojan rally was derailed by a net violation, followed by Maddy Deters’ exclamation point that closed the match for the Lady Grizzlies.

“(Oak Ridge) is a great serving team. They kept us on our toes,” Granite Bay coach Jamie Ingram said. “We’re trying new rotations and schemes. It was a situation where we found we definitely need some more work. Fortunately, we have a lot of girls who have a never-say-die mentality, and they have played a lot together so they kind of know what each other are going to do. They do not want to let up.”

Deters led Granite Bay with 11 kills. Nicolette Pinkney had nine kills and 11 digs and Taylor Nelson set up 24 Grizzlies points.

Granite Bay led 15-10 in game two when two Mysha Davies kills began another nine-point stretch for the Lady Trojans. Hayley Corell blocked two attacks and McConnell served two aces during the run to put Oak Ridge ahead 19-15.

Nelson then set Deters for three consecutive kills before her own ace tied the game at 19. Deters and Pinkney would later help take the victory and the momentum 25-23.

Tara McDermott had 21 assists for Oak Ridge and DeMure posted a team-high eight kills, seven of which came in the final game.

“(DeMure) had a fantastic night. It’s good to see a freshman step up in pressure situations. We really need to work on our serve receive. When our defense is on, we put balls away,” said Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter, whose Lady Trojans are 6-3 this season.

Granite Bay has taken three of the last four against Oak Ridge and took a 10-2 record to Stockton-St. Mary’s on Wednesday.

“We’re fortunate in that we have a lot of athleticism and that we can change a lot of things up and try different things,” Ingram said. “We’re very raw looking at where we’ll be come November, hopefully December, and we’re just playing with some things so that we can have a fresh look for everybody come postseason.”