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Practice pays off: Roseville volleyball wins in five sets

By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Roseville High School’s volleyball team practices playing a fifth set, and coach Ron Grove said it paid off against Nevada Union in a 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6 Sierra Foothill League victory Monday night.

“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 (20-14 overall, 2-2 SFL) 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 against the Miners (13-13, 0-4). Lindsay Anderson passed well and played great defense in the back row.

In other matches, host Granite Bay (23-4, 4-0) took over sole possession of first place with a 25-18, 25-8, 25-15 sweep of Del Oro (17-5, 3-1); and Rocklin (19-8, 3-1) downed host Woodcreek (6-10, 0-4) 25-13, 25-6, 25-15.

Notes

* Roseville’s boys basketball program will hold an automatic car wash fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Shell/Eleven station at 1216 Galleria Blvd., in Roseville. The station is next to Buca di Beppo across from the mall.

Tigers players, coaches and fans will be on hand for the fundraiser, and 100 percent of the donations will benefit the program.

* Roseville volleyball player Marrisa Dumford is organizing an event, including a bake sale and drawing, to benefit the fight against breast cancer as part of the team’s home match against Granite Bay on Wednesday. The Tigers will wear pink shirts for the match.