Trojans fall to Jesuit in volleyball semis

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge played Jesuit tougher than they had all season, but it wasn’t enough as the Marauders defeated Oak Ridge in four games. The Trojans won the first game, 25-22, but lost the next three, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-21 as their season came to an end in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. It was the third time this season that Oak Ridge has lost to Jesuit. “It was a good match and we played well, but it wasn’t our best,” Oak Ridge coach Tom Van Der Wende said. “It was nice to win that first game and I was hoping that would carry on to the second game, but it didn’t.” Oak Ridge led from start to finish in the first game, opening up an 8-2 lead. Jesuit got as close at 13-12, but Oak Ridge scored the next two points on kills by Jack Hoisington to go up 15-12 and Jesuit never got closer than two points the rest of the way. Oak Ridge had help from everywhere, as the last five kills they had in the game came from Jonathan Tuttle, Trent Stigerts, Storm Van Soldt, Hoisington and Tim Spykerman. The break between games helped the Marauders catch their breath, as they scored the first two points of the game and seemed to be in front by two to three points most of the game. Oak Ridge tied the game several times at three, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, but never could take the lead. The Trojans got to within one at 24-23 on a kill by Tuttle, but Jesuit finished off the match on the next point. “I thought that game two was the key to the match,” Van Der Wende said. “I think we needed that game. They played better in game two and we weren’t as sharp. As it turned out, we lost it and Jesuit got a lead in the third game and we were left playing catch-up the rest of the way.” Jesuit scored the first five points of the third game and worked up a nine-point lead at 21-12, before the Trojans made a comeback, outscoring them 10-3, to make it 24-22. At 23-17, Hoisington accounted for the last five points for the Trojans as he almost won the game single-handedly before the Marauders scored the winning points. Oak Ridge led the fourth game 13-11, but Jesuit eventually tied the match at 14, led 17-14 and Oak Ridge never got closer than two points to the lead the rest of the way. “We could have beaten them but we had to play our game,” Van Der Wende said. “If we would have played like we did last Thursday (against Granite Bay) it would have been a different story. I thought we played fairly well and it’s unfortunate they way it ended up, but they out-played us.”