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Oak Ridge volleyball falls to 7-7

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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After a two-loss week, the Oak Ridge volleyball team now sits at 7-7 in its 2011 campaign. A defeat at Rocklin on Tuesday paired with another at home against Christian Brothers on Thursday put the Lady Trojans at .500 a week before Delta River League action begins. Oak Ridge split the first two sets at Rocklin, 22-25 and 25-23 as junior middle blocker Helena Strube stepped in to help defend the net. Rocklin took the next two games, 25-19 and 25-20 behind 16 kills apiece from Katelyn Ivy and Cailyn Prewitt. Haley Simmons had 14 kills and setter Maddie DeGeorge had 34 assists to lead Oak Ridge. Back at home on Thursday, the Lady Trojans fought to earn game one, 26-24 before falling in the next three, 17-25, 23-25 and 20-25. Simmons again led the way with 12 kills, Alexa Becker added 11 with 10 digs and Tara McDermott assisted on 31 Oak Ridge points. Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter said that if she could attach a theme to the week, it would be “playing under pressure.” “Our loss against Rocklin was much easier to take than the loss against Christian Brothers. Not to take anything away from Christian Brothers, but we played so much tougher mentally against Rocklin. We scrambled for every ball and we didn’t crack under pressure against a really good team,” Potter said. The Lady Trojans have one final tune-up match at home against Monterey Trail on Tuesday before beginning their DRL schedule against Sheldon on Thursday. “I think this week was a good wake up call for our team. We know now that we can’t take a game off or get complacent. These losses really irritated everyone, so now I think that made them a lot hungrier for that next win.”