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Oakmont volleyball alone in first in CVC after sweeping Bella Vista

Roseville comes back for victory; Granite Bay sweeps
By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Confidence is high on the Oakmont High School girls volleyball team following its latest Capital Valley Conference domination Monday night.

Bella Vista entered Oakmont’s gym riding a 10-match wining streak and tied for first place with the Vikings — and left after a three-game pounding by the Vikings 25-18, 25-19, 25-20.

The Broncos (21-4 overall, 2-1 CVC) won four matches over two years against Oakmont (24-2, 3-0), but that changed Monday night.

The raw power of Oakmont senior Katie Carte resulted in a match-high 12 kills in 34 swings. She also had 17 digs and three blocks. Carte killed six of the last 11 points in the second set, including four in a five-point span.

As to the prominence of dropping Bella Vista, Carte was confident of her team’s Sac-Joaquin Section standing.

“Bella Vista has always been our rival so it was really nice to shut them down in three,” she said. “I feel really confident, and we’ll definitely make it to playoffs. We’ll just see how far it takes us.”

The hit parade continued with six kills from senior Emily Larson and sophomore Kyra Rogers. Sophomore Ally Wubben had 20 assists, 13 digs and five kills, and Rogers had 11 digs. Senior Brennah Gladwill had 15 assists.

Rogers was a force at the net, stuffing Bella Vista four times and squandering any doubt as to her team’s future.

“I definitely think we can do really well in playoffs,” she said. “We’ve really improved on blocking, and our hitting was really good. Hopefully, we can stay undefeated in league.”

Having dropped two powerful league foes, the Vikings finish the first half of CVC play at Rio Linda on Wednesday and at Casa Roble on Oct. 15. Oakmont also swept Christian Brothers (12-9, 2-1), which was the Division II section runner-up last season. Bella Vista was a Division II quarterfinalist.

Roseville 3, Nevada Union 2 — The Tigers (20-14, 2-2) practice playing a fifth set, and coach Ron Grove said it paid off against the visiting Miners (13-13, 0-4) in a 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 25-18,15-6 victory.

“We played one of our better matches by just trying to do a few things well vs. trying a lot of different things,” said Grove, whose team took a 5-0 lead in the final set. “Even when down two games to one, we were able to play consistently.”

Kirsten Merlino led Roseville with 13 kills, and middle hitters Jen Simon and Abby Jensen had 10 kills each. Jayme Lee had five kills, and Jessica Yaranon had 44 assists.

Simon and Leslie Pease had crucial kills in the fourth set, and Simon came up big blocking. Lindsay Anderson passed well and played great defense in the back row.

Roseville’s match against visiting Del Oro was moved from Wednesday to Thursday.

In other matches, host Granite Bay (23-4, 4-0) swept Del Oro (17-5, 3-1) 25-18, 25-8, 25-15; and Rocklin (19-8, 3-1) downed host Woodcreek (6-10, 0-4) 25-13, 25-6, 25-15.