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Granite Bay grounds Tigers high-flying act

Three-game sweep gives Grizzlies first win, Roseville initial loss
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Even the strongest team’s occasionally have that off night they hope to survive, and on Wednesday in the gym at Granite Bay High, the Roseville High girls volleyball team had theirs. The Tigers were not able to overcome a bad outing, largely because Granite Bay was the cause of many of Roseville’s problems. The Grizzlies entered the contest with an 0-3 mark in Sierra Foothill League games after opening the league portion of the season against the heavyweights – Del Oro, Nevada Union and Rocklin. Roseville came in on top of the standings at 3-0, an impressive record that includes wins over both Rocklin and Nevada Union. With things starting to get away from them, Wednesday’s start was a huge one for the Grizzlies, and Granite Bay delivered with a three-game sweep of the SFL frontrunners. “Beating Roseville was a huge game for us,” said Granite Bay coach Jamie Ingram. “They came in with a 14-1 record and it was really nice to knock them off.” Granite Bay started fast and stayed that way throughout, taking the three games 25-12, 25-19, 25-21. “We did not play well and they played great,” said Roseville coach Ron Grove. “They were on fire and we were not focused enough to respond. We have talked about refocusing after losing focus (which happens all the time) and we were not able to refocus during the match. We were not really flat, just unable to execute.” The Grizzlies received strong performances from Karli Pedone on the front row and Lauren Vizzusi in back as they delivered one of their most impressive performances. Grove was impressed with Granite Bay’s play. “I cannot see them losing their matches if they played like they did against us,” Grove said. “We were either out of position or not making the play when we were in position. We know every night will be a battle and we have to be ready to fight every night.” Pedone led both teams with 17 kills in the contest, as the athletic outside hitter was everywhere for the Grizzlies. Assisting the senior at the net were Jennifer Ohlson and Rachelle Kinney. Vizzusi had 10 digs to lead the defensive effort on the back row, and Granite Bay also saw Olivia Langs turn in a strong performance at the service line with seven aces. While this match was all about what the Grizzlies did well, it was also a less than stellar performance by Roseville. “Our definition of success is doing the best we can and we were not successful tonight,” Grove said. “Kudos to Granite Bay, they played well. We came back some in the third game and I thought if we could get that game we had a chance, again we just couldn't execute.” Down 21-15 in game three, Roseville’s Allison Campbell ran off a strong run on serve to get her team within two points, but the Tigers could get no closer as Pedone put away two big balls late to seal the victory. Katie Simon was solid up front for the Tigers, but they did not get as consistent a performance from many of their front line players. “We will use this as a wake up call, regroup, learn and work to do better next match,” Grove said. Both teams will participate in a tournament Saturday before returning to league action Monday. Granite Bay (1-3 in the SFL) hosts Oakmont (0-3) at 6 p.m. Monday, while Roseville (3-1) hosts Woodcreek (0-3). It was a night of brooms in the SFL, as Del Oro swept Woodcreek 25-13, 25-13, 25-18 and Rocklin took care of Oakmont 25-17, 25-6, 25-17.