Oak Ridge on a roll entering St. Francis Tournament

By: Matt Long
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The Lady Trojans are back. Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ volleyball team picked up a big win against Christian Brothers on Oct. 27, which not only gave them a shot to share the Sierra Valley Conference championship, but more importantly, provides the team with confidence heading into the playoffs, which begin in two weeks. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of the girls,” Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter said. “We finally got in our grove and we’re on our way up again. Christian Brothers played great, but so did we.” Oak Ridge won the odd numbered games, taking the first game, 25-23, the third, 25-21 and the fifth, 15-12. The Falcons picked up wins in the second game, 25-16, and the fourth, 25-21. The teams have split four meetings this season. “Our passing and defense were dead on,” Potter said. “Our setter even commented that it was easy because the passes were right there. We changed our defense on Monday before the game and the girls were comfortable with it and played well. We were also so composed and relaxed.” Potter said it was the first time the team played that well since the Christian Brothers tournament and before that, the St. Francis match. Kayla Berringer led the way with 20 kills, while Katie Vaughn added 15. Brittney Larsen had 40 assists, while Maddie Chambliss had 28 digs and 34 service receptions. “Maddie, our freshman libero, had the game of her life,” Potter said. “She played great and just keeps getting better. “Brittney also did a good job of mixing up our offense. Haley (Simmons) had 14 attempts and she usually gets like five so Brittney did a great job.” Oak Ridge easily defeated Cordova on Thursday in three games, 25-14, 25-19 and 25-15. This weekend the Lady Trojans will be tested, as they play in the St. Francis Tournament.