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Volleyball team backslides after three losses

By: Matt Long
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After a good start to the season, Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ volleyball team hit the skids last week. Oak Ridge suffered a disappointing loss to Granite Bay in three straight games and then struggled at the Chris Craft Tournament on Saturday. Thursday’s loss to Granite Bay was most disappointing to coach Becky Potter, as she watched her team lose 25-18, 27-25 and 25-20. “We got destroyed and the worst part was it looked like we gave up at times,” Potter said. “Granite Bay is definitely talented, but if we had our heads in the right place we definitely could have competed better.” The Lady Trojans opened Saturday’s tournament with two wins, defeating Oakmont 25-15 and 25-18 and then Roseville, 25-16, 25-13. However, the team struggled mightily in losses to Union Mine, 25-16, 25-13 and Napa, 25-17 and 25-18. This time, however, it wasn’t for lack of effort. “They were too bad performances,” Potter said. “We have good team chemistry this year, but sometimes we make unfortunate errors at unfortunate times. We hit free balls into the net, tip when the kill is there and hit serves out or into the net at bad times. For some reason we were nervous or tight. These aren’t physical errors, they’re mental.” Oak Ridge finishing tied for 12th at its own tournament wasn’t the finish Potter was hoping for. In fact, she said it’s the worst the team had ever done. “We’re getting tougher competition at the tournament every year, which I’m proud of, but we still should be able to hang,” Potter said. “We didn’t even score in the 20s in those losses. In the last match we made 30 errors, which meant that Napa only had to score 20 points to beat us. It was frustrating, but I wasn’t disappointed with the effort.” After playing Golden Sierra on Tuesday, Oak Ridge travels to San Jose for the Mitty Tournament on Friday and Saturday.