Seven from Granite Bay, Roseville on Optimist volleyball rosters

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor and Staff Reports
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Granite Bay and Roseville players make up almost half of the North boys team’s roster for the annual Optimist volleyball matches Friday night at Capital Christian High School.

Representing Granite Bay are Matt Austin, Bryan Berry, Jake Neptune and Travis Vincenzini. Ryan Siu of Oakmont and Josh Frost of Roseville also are on the 13-man team.

“This is a great honor for the kids. We think the (Sierra Foothill League) is the mecca of volleyball,” said North head coach Bruce Honberger of Granite Bay, who will be assisted by John Kirk of Rocklin. “It’s just a way for the volleyball world to say, ‘Hey, we work harder, we train harder, and it pays off at the end.’ It’s nice after four years of volleyball they can get rewarded a little bit.”

Neptune registered 501 of Granite Bay’s 622 assists heading into Tuesday night’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal against Nevada Union. He also had 37 aces.

Berry had 127 kills and Austin 123. Austin had 27 blocks and Berry 21. Vincenzini had 279 services received and 53 digs for the Grizzlies.

Frost led Roseville in several categories, including kills (351), aces (39), digs (89) and services received (318).

The boys match is scheduled for 5 p.m. with the girls match to follow. Granite Bay’s Lindsey Nelson is on the North girls roster.

Boys lacrosse

Granite Bay 9, Jesuit 5 — The Grizzlies clinched their third consecutive Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference championship with a victory over the Marauders and finished the season at No. 14 in the North Coast CIF rankings by

Sophomore attackman Nate Gruen scored five goals, and Granite Bay surged to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter. Junior goalie Wyatt Nagler had 10 saves on 23 shots, and Greg Marks won 10 of 17 face-offs.

Sophomore middie Jake Mackall and junior Grant Caraway each had a goal and two assists, and Austin Pink had a goal and an assist.

Senior Colton Sviba and juniors Spencer Castonguay and Clint Ellinwood helped shut down Jesuit’s offense.

JV boys lacrosse

Granite Bay 10, Jesuit 4 — Led by the defensive play of Will Stabbert, Chad Blakeman and Josh Neal, the Grizzlies defeated the Marauders to cap an undefeated season.

They combined for 10 loose-ball pickups and six forced turnovers, and Austin Allegra won six of eight face-offs.

Owen McNiff scored three goals and Felipe Zagarra two. Dayton Allegra had a goal and two assists.


When/Where: Friday at Capital Christian High School.

Match times: Boys at 5 p.m., girls to follow.

Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students.