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Lady Trojans volleyball team bounces back with two wins

By: Nick Pecoraro Telegraph Correspondent
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After a sub-par performance last weekend, losing three of four games at the Archbishop Mitty Invitational, Oak Ridge volleyball coach Becky Potter said that her team would be better by its next match—and she was right. On Tuesday night at Oak Ridge, the Lady Trojans knocked off Rocklin, the No. 5 ranked team in the area, in four games, 20-25, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-17. The victory over the Thunder was enormous in Potter’s eyes. “After the Mitty Tournament, we just had this session of letting out all of our frustrations at once and got it all out of our system. It was kind of funny but really therapeutic in a way,” she said. “We literally came into practice on Monday more focused and almost like a different team.” After dropping the first set to Rocklin, the Lady Trojans quickly reversed the momentum in the next three games, as senior Mysha Davies led the attack for the Lady Trojans with 11 kills—good for 31 percent hitting. Freshman Emily DeMure was right behind her with seven kills while Tara McDermott dished out 30 assists in the four sets. “We learned a lot from Mitty and applied it to our last two games this week. We’re learning to play with each other and figuring out what our teammates can do and when you take that, it makes ‘us’,” said Davies. “(Coach Potter) could tell that although it was kind of a bummer that our (Mitty) tournament wasn’t so great, we wanted to turn it around and play better this week.” The wins continued in a five-set fashion on Thursday as Oak Ridge came out of No.7 Christian Brothers on top with its second big win of the week, 25-19, 13-25, 31-29, 19-25 and 15-13. Another big game from Davies (13 kills, 10 digs) and McDermott (35 assists) was complimented by eight kills and 10 digs from Amelia Crye and 28 digs from Maddie Chambliss. “We put a lot more focus into this week. Even though we lost at Mitty, we learned a lot about our team because we played hard teams. We went in against Rocklin as underdogs and played sort of stress free,” said Chambliss. “This week gave us tons of confidence for the rest of the season.”