Roseville fighting for top spot as volleyball nears midway point

Oakmont seeks to break through on the road
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Despite a little hiccup in its matchup with Granite Bay last week, the Roseville High girls volleyball team has a chance to reach the midway point of the Sierra Foothill League season in first place. With wins over powerhouses Nevada Union and Rocklin already under their belt, the Tigers visit Del Oro Monday night with the league’s top spot hanging in the balance. The two teams currently share the top spot with Rocklin as all three have posted 4-1 records so far. For Roseville, it has been all about depth and consistency from the service line. The athletic ability of Simone Durham, Kelsey Roland, Stephanie and Katie Simon has powered the Tigers at the net, while libero Morgan Diminyatz heads up the efforts on the back line. A win over the third member of the league’s elite group would be a huge feather in the cap for Roseville as it looks to solidify its standing among the elite teams not only in the SFL, but the entire Sac-Joaquin Section. Its win over Roseville was the key component of a late first-half run by Granite Bay, which has already reached the midway point. Led by senior outside hitter Karli Pedone, the Grizzlies have come on strong to reach 3-3 after losing their first three league contests. Jennifer Ohlson and Rachelle Kinney are also big keys for Granite Bay’s hopes of staying hot and continuing to rise in the standings. One of Monday’s interesting matchups has nothing to do with the battle at the top of this very strong league. Oakmont was 0-12 in league matches a year ago, and has lost its first five this year as well, but the Vikings have played much better this year and are hungry to put one in the win column. Oakmont visits Woodcreek to close out the first half of the season Monday night, with both teams sitting at 0-5 in league play, so this match carries a whole different kind of importance. For Oakmont’s talented Maddie Lozano and her teammates, non-league success has been frequent, but now they want to break through against SFL opponents.