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Roseville sweeps up competition at Antelope volleyball tournament

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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This season’s Roseville High School boys volleyball team, heavy in age with seven seniors, already has eclipsed its win total from 2011, and Sierra Foothill League play hasn’t even started.

The Tigers’ inventory includes wins over three teams they lost to over the course of last season’s 9-17 campaign.

What’s more, Roseville (12-0) isn’t just beating teams, it’s pummeling them. The Tigers registered six two-game sweeps in pillaging the competition at the Antelope Tournament on Saturday, including a 25-20, 26-24 victory over Bear River in the championship match. Roseville has won 30 sets and lost three this season.

“Our defense just played really well, and our serve-receive passing was consistent; not a lot of serving and communication errors,” coach Cindy Simon said. “Having seven seniors, everyone on the court is really mature. These guys are dedicated.”

That has made Christian Habeil’s job easier. The sophomore is running Roseville’s new offense, which gives hitters multiple options, and he’s doing quite well. Habeil has 253 of the Tigers’ 276 assists.

Senior Josh Frost was named the tournament MVP on the strength of his hitting, blocking and a top-spin serve that fooled opponents. The 6-foot-3 senior had 37 kills in five matches, including 13 in the title match, extending his team-high season total to 133. Connor Miller, the runner-up for tournament MVP, totaled 33 kills.

Josh Lewis had 14 consecutive serves in a 25-4, 25-18 victory over Del Campo in Roseville’s tournament opener. Freshman Brian Brosnahan had eight kills in the Tigers’ 25-19, 25-17 win over Elk Grove-Franklin, and senior Collin Earlywine had one error in 12 serve receives in a 25-23, 25-17 victory over Bear River to earn Roseville the top seed in pool play. The Tigers had nine serve-receive errors in five matches. Sophomore Stephen Morin had 12 serves, including an ace, in the Bear River win.

After beating Kennedy 25-13, 25-22, Roseville beat Folsom for the second time in a week 25-7, 25-18, as Habeil had 10 serves in a row.

“That last match was challenging. They had a really big block up front,” Simon said of Bear River. “This is helping us get ready for league.”