Oak Ridge needed upset to reach finals

By: Matt Long
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Barring a big upset, last night’s match against St. Francis brought about the end of the season for Oak Ridge High’s volleyball team. The Lady Trojans, seeded fifth, would have had to play their best to knock off top-seeded St. Francis, a team that had already beaten Oak Ridge twice during the regular season. Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter wasn’t conceding defeat before it happened, though. “Beating St. Francis is doable,” Potter said. “Our good is pretty good and I know we have it in us. What we need is Katie Vaughn to be on and we need everyone else doing their job like they did against Lincoln.” Against Lincoln on Thursday, Oak Ridge upset the fifth-seeded Trojans in front of a rowdy hometown crowd in five games, winning the first, third and fifth games, 25-18, 26-24 and 15-9, respectively. Lincoln fought back to win the second (25-19) and fourth (25-18) games. “It was an all-out brawl,” Potter said. “Lincoln is a very good team and blocked us off the court after we got complacent after winning the first game. It was a tough match to win and they had a crazy crowd there.” Oak Ridge rebounded just fine after losing the pivotal fourth game, playing a strong fifth game and showing no signs of nerves with a 15-9 win. “I was pleased with how we played overall,” Potter said. “We had good ball control and started to serve more aggressively and that was the key to winning the match. Winning on the road in five gives us a confidence boost heading into St. Francis. We have to stop their big hitters with either blocking or by digging them and after that we have to have everyone do their job. We had other players step up and help Katie against Lincoln and we need that to happen against St. Francis.”