Granite Bay’s volleyball thunder is too much for Rocklin

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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The only thunder in Granite Bay on Thursday evening was outside the high school’s gymnasium.

Granite Bay, the undefeated Sierra Foothill League leader, rained a 25-14, 25-21, 25-23 sweep on reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-champion Rocklin.

The Thunder (10-2 overall, 2-1 SFL) stood a better chance outside in a lightning and hail storm than inside against the Grizzlies (19-4, 4-0). Both of Rocklin’s losses have been to Granite Bay.

The Grizzlies’ 14th consecutive victory dates to a Best of the West playoff match March 10, and they’ve swept five matches in a row.

“If we keep it up, I think we’ve got the step on (Rocklin). It’s looking good for sections,” said senior setter Jake Neptune, who had 12 assists, three aces and two kills. “We’re making our case. We haven’t lost in over a month now.”

Zach Wilson had a match-high 10 kills. Alec Naki put down seven kills, Matt Austin and Bryan Berry six each and Carson Odegard four.

Granite Bay has bested formidable section opponents Nevada Union (9-5, 2-1) and Rocklin, separating from the rest of a sub-.500 league.

“We’re going to have to work at it and Rocklin will be ready for us next time, but we’ll be ready,” Neptune said. “Nevada Union, it will be packed with support, too.”

Granite Bay coach Bruce Honberger said winning against league opponents at home is one thing, but doing it in opposing gyms is the real test.

“This is a huge win for us, because they’re our stiffest competition in the section,” said Honberger, whose team plays at Roseville on Tuesday and at Nevada Union on Thursday. “I’m especially proud of our defense and passing right now.”