Oak Ridge volleyball team falls to Jesuit in four games

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ volleyball team fought hard Wednesday night, but didn’t have enough firepower to knock off Jesuit.

The Trojans lost to the Delta River League champion Marauders in four games, 25-21, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-22. The loss makes Oak Ridge the third seed from the league in the Division I playoffs, as Ponderosa is the second seed. Oak Ridge opens the playoffs at home Tuesday against the third seed from the Delta Valley Conference.

Oak Ridge led game one, 21-19, but Marauders scored the final six points, five coming with Mike Olenchuk serving wicked jump serves that Oak Ridge had trouble handling.

The Trojans didn’t let the loss get them down, though, as they led from start to finish in the second game to even the match. Oak Ridge led by as many as five points twice during the match, the last time being at 21-16. Jesuit got as close as one point to the lead three times down the stretch, but Oak Ridge scored the final two points of the game to win 25-22.

The Trojans kept momentum early in the third game, leading 10-6, but Jesuit got on a roll and went on to win easily, 25-17. The fourth and final game came down to the wire with Jesuit leading 23-22, but Oak Ridge couldn’t get it done, as Jesuit held on for the 25-22 win.

“I think we played fine and I’m proud of my team,” Oak Ridge coach Melanie DeMure said. “We’re a good team and have a good program, but Jesuit beat us. It’s nice to be a private school.”

The Trojans will have their hands full in the playoffs. If they win their first match Tuesday, they’ll play the winner of the Sierra Foothill League, either Granite Bay or Nevada Union, either of which will be heavily favored.

“Both of those teams have all club players and we have none so it really doesn’t matter which team we play,” DeMure said.