Roseville volleyball players qualify for Junior Nationals
Force Volleyball Club of Sacramento, featuring several players from Roseville, qualified two teams for the USA Volleyball Open Division Junior National Championships in Atlanta.
Force is the first volleyball club from the greater Sacramento area in five years to have two teams qualify for the Open Division of the Junior Nationals, according to a news release.
The Force’s top 14-year-old team qualified by finishing in fourth place at the Far Western Junior National Qualifier, and the top 18-year-old team placed fifth. The qualifiers were held in Reno.
Roseville High School senior Simone Durham plays for the Force 18-year-old team.
Players on the 14-year-old team from Roseville schools are Jessica Blum of Silverado Middle, Allyson Wubben of W.T. Eich Intermediate, Jessica Yarnon, Kyra Rogers and Abby Jensen of Buljan Middle and Brooke Hershberger of Olympus Junior High.
The Force’s top 12-year-old team placed second out of 40 teams in the Club Division, and the top 15-year-old team took third out of 67 teams, also in the Club Division.
Roseville wins twice — The Tigers shut out Vista del Lago 7-0 on Tuesday and beat Union Mine 8-3 on Wednesday in their final games in the Gina Montes SureWest-Woodcreek Varsity Invitational. Matt Maher pitched a three-hit shutout against Vista del Lago and drove in two runs with a double and single. Chris Williams had three hits and three RBI, and Dalton Blaser had two hits and two RBI for Roseville (12-6).
Blaser had a home run and three RBI in the win over Union Mine, and Mark Reece pitched a five-hitter, struck out six and allowed one earned run and three walks.
Roseville travels to Nevada Union on Monday to open a three-game Sierra Foothill League series.
Oakmont splits two — The Vikings were blown out at Oak Ridge 19-3 on Tuesday and rebounded to defeat Woodland 8-2 on Wednesday at home in the SureWest tournament.
Limited to one hit by Oak Ridge, Oakmont (10-7-1) belted 11 hits against Woodland. The Vikings scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning. Cooper Mathews’ double, Josh Lakey’s single and Drew Wixon’s walk loaded the bases for No. 9 hitter Tommy Wieser, who stroked a two-run single. Cody Baron followed with a two-out, two-run single, and Chris Novielli hit a two-run homer.
Winning pitcher Jared Virtue allowed one hit and struck out six in four innings.
Oakmont plays host to Christian Brothers at 4 p.m. Monday.
Woodcreek loses twice — The Timberwolves (10-7) lost to Pioneer 3-2 and El Camino 11-1 in the SureWest tournament. Wade Brill had two doubles and Kramer Sutey two singles against Pioneer, and Kyle Dixon tripled against El Camino.
Woodcreek opens a three-game SFL series against Rocklin at 4 p.m. Monday at home.
Bella Vista beat Rosemont 3-2 for the SureWest championship.