Oakmont volleyball picks up where it left off
With a coaching change and a core of young athletes, Oakmont High School’s girls volleyball team is poised to do what no Oakmont girls’ volleyball team has done in six years.
Head coach Shelby Weinberger led the Vikings last fall to their first winning record and postseason appearance since 2006. Two matches into its new season, Oakmont has hit the court where it left off, looking to post a winning record and playoff berth in back-to-back seasons.
In a scrimmage versus Woodcreek last Wednesday, the Timberwolves elected not to keep score against Oakmont and the Vikings handily took the match.
On Monday night, the host Vikings routed El Dorado 3-0 in a Foundation Game.
Sophomore setter Ally Wubben led both teams with 12 kills and had 10 digs and two blocks. Senior outside hitters Katie Carte — a team captain — and Emily Larson each had nine digs and five kills.
Kyra Rogers, the only freshman on last year’s varsity squad, had four kills and 2½ blocks. She and the other senior captain, setter Brennah Gladwill, each had two aces.
“For our first real game with real referees, I think we did well,” Carte said. “I think it shows we’ll have a fairly successful season.”
Of the five seniors, one junior and one sophomore who return from last season, Wubben isn’t one of them. She and three juniors — defensive specialist Daniella Smith, middle blocker Jackie Shuffle and outside hitter Sami Walters — are the team’s new blood.
“We’re on a good road to be high up in playoffs,” Wubben said.