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Oak Ridge volleyball on six-game win streak

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Oak Ridge girls’ volleyball team has been somewhat of a work in progress all season long. It seems that at this point of the 2012 year, the work is beginning to pay off. The Lady Trojans are currently riding a six-game winning streak as they head into the meaty part of their Delta River League schedule. Last week, Oak Ridge picked up its second and third league victories at Sheldon on Monday and in front of a noisy Trojan crowd on Wednesday night against Ponderosa. Oak Ridge overpowered and outsized a much smaller Sheldon team. The Lady Trojans piled up 15 team aces and only allowed a total of 32 points from the Lady Huskies in the three-game sweep, 25-9, 25-10 and 25-13. “It was good to see us get the job done in three. The girls played consistent all game,” said Oak Ridge coach Becky Potter. Setter Tara McDermott handed out 40 assists for the third time this season — second in the last three matches — in the come-from-behind five-set win at home against Ponderosa, 25-22, 18-25, 15-25, 25-13 and 15-6. Mysha Davies led the way with a career-high 16 kills. Maddie Chambliss dug out 20 hits, Amelia Crye posted a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs and Hayley Corell made some huge defensive plays at the net in the final two sets to help carry Oak Ridge over the Lady Bruins. “Everybody just turned it on and refused to lose,” said Potter. “I think (Pondo) kind of surprised us a little bit. When they graduated someone like Lianna Sybeldon, who was such a powerhouse, you felt like they might struggle a little bit. They didn’t at all. They’re really well rounded. I was really pleased with the fact that we can come back like that and show that we were not defeated at all. We had a huge student section that came out and showed us a ton of support too.” Oak Ridge (13-7, 3-0 DRL) will need to ride this six-game momentum into this week, where they travel to Pleasant Grove (12-8, 1-2) on Monday before hosting DRL heavyweight St. Francis (21-1, 3-0) on Wednesday. The Lady Trojans will also compete in the Varsity NorCal Classic at Vista del Lago on Saturday. “We’re still working out the bugs,” Potter said. “Things that hurt us in the beginning of the season aren’t hurting us as much anymore and the girls are kind ofa grinding out their mistakes instead of just dwelling on them.”