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No three-peat for Granite Bay in boys volleyball

Oak Ridge takes down two-time section champ in first round of Division I playoffs
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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A three-peat? Not this season.

Granite Bay High School’s boys volleyball team, the two-time Sac-Joaquin Section champion, was upset by Oak Ridge 26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22 in the first round of the Division I playoffs Thursday night.

“We made a lot of errors,” Granite Bay coach Bruce Honberger said. “A lot of guys hitting the ball out of bounds, serving out of bounds. When we play this team and we serve in, pass well and run our offense like we’re supposed to, we’re a better team than them.”

Last season, Oak Ridge lost to Rocklin in the section semifinals and defeated Ponderosa for third place.

Thursday night, the Trojans (26-8) built momentum off their narrow victory in the first set. The Grizzlies (25-12) battled back with a solid second set, but the Trojans dominated the third, leading by 11 and cruising to victory. Granite Bay blew a five-point lead in the fourth set.

“We weren’t passing. … We were just playing bad,” Honberger said. “Four or five guys had bad nights. That’s about it, those guys having those bad nights. You can’t win when that happens.”

Leading Oak Ridge was powerful Tim Spykerman, who lived up to his more-than-coincidental name. Spykerman’s match-high 15 kills set the tone for an aggressive front line. Trent Stigerts (11), Jack Hoisington (10) and 6-foot-5 southpaw Jon Tuttle (10) all reached double digits.

“They had the desire,” Oak Ridge coach Tom Van Der Wende said. “They played as a team. That’s something we haven’t been having for the last couple of weeks. Tim Spykerman, they had no answer for him. He had an outstanding night.”

Honberger said of Spykerman, “He’s one of the best players in the area. Nobody has an answer for him. Our only hope is that the rest of our guys are better than the rest of their guys.”

Granite Bay had three players with double-digit kills, led by Carson Odegard with 12. Matt Austin and Alec Naki each had 11. Kyle Howarth, who led the team in kills per game this season, was held to six.

The road won’t get easier for Oak Ridge, which has a date with Delta River League champion and DRL rival Jesuit on Tuesday. Oak Ridge has lost to Jesuit 3-1 and 3-0.

“We’ve played them twice,” Van Der Wende said. “We know them, and they know us. It’s just a matter of whether or not we can play like we played (Thursday night).”

Division II
Antelope stunned host Oakmont 3-2 on Thursday night in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys volleyball playoffs.

The Capital Valley Conference-champion Vikings (16-10) fell to the Titans 23-25, 25-12, 25-16, 14-25, 15-13.

Host Oakmont rolled through the CVC with a 10-0 record, but Antelope (23-9) received 18 kills from 6-foot-5 senior middle John Fluette and 16 kills from 6-3 senior outside Vitaliy Vechtomov to advance to the semifinals. Fluette also had nine blocks, and Brandon Giardina had nine digs.

Antelope will play Sierra Valley Conference champion Vista del Lago (24-9) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Folsom.