Trojan volleyball team has fun in win over Bulldogs

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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It’s all about having fun for Oak Ridge High’s volleyball team.

The Trojans have had a good year; as their 16-6 overall record indicates, while Wednesday’s 25-11, 25-18 and 25-16 win over Folsom improved their mark to 3-2 in the Delta River League. It was the team’s second win over the Bulldogs, who have struggled this year as they try to build a program.

“Everyone played tonight and we had fun,” Oak Ridge coach Melanie DeMure said. “I was able to play kids in different positions tonight too. Folsom put forth a fabulous effort, but this match was a chance for us to let our hair down and not have to work as hard.”

There was no question as to who was the better team. The Trojans have the bigger hitters and a couple guys with dynamite serves, and Folsom did all they could to slow the attack. Storm Van Soldt was solid in the middle for the Trojans, reeking havoc at the net, particularly defensively. Michael Montejano had a good night hitting the ball with many kills, while Chase Barri and Nick Camagna contributed as well, as did Ben Kopania.

Setter Sam Greenleaf not only set up is teammates for winning points, but he also had a serve that more often than not Folsom couldn’t handle. Montejano also earned several points with a wicked serve.

The Trojans have three league matches remaining: home against Sheldon Friday and at Ponderosa (April 24) and Jesuit (May 1). The team’s two league losses have come at the hands of Ponderosa and Jesuit.

“We could have beaten Jesuit, but we had too many unforced errors, and we didn’t have our full team against Ponderosa,” DeMure said. “Our goal for the rest of the season is to have fun and connect as many pieces as we can. It’s been a good year so far. We’ve played in two tournaments and placed second in both and we’re having fun and that’s all that matters.”