Granite Bay sweeps Oakmont in volleyball clash

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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What looked to be a close battle going in between two local volleyball teams turned into a dominant victory for one Thursday night.

Host Granite Bay High School trumped the former one-loss Oakmont Vikings in a 25-16, 25-14, 25-18 sweep.

The Grizzlies’ front row was led by junior captain Nicolette Pinkney with 17 kills. Pinkney was nearly automatic when a kill opportunity came, and she was relentless in scoring points. Maddy Deters scored 10 kills.

“Consistency (was the key to Pinkney’s success),” Granite Bay head coach Jamie Ingram said. “They play a lot of volleyball, so fortunately we have Nicolette and Maddy (Deters) on the outside. They’re both very smart and very consistent.”

The serve game also was strong for Granite Bay, which totaled 13 aces. The Grizzlies took a 10-3 lead in the first set. In the second set, they won the first six points thanks to a serving streak by Taylor Nelson.

“The biggest thing is that we’ve done a great job of working on our serve,” Ingram said. “A lot of our girls serve very aggressively, and they pride themselves on that. What’s helped us with a lot of our games is that we’re serving aggressively at people.”

The third set was the closest, when the Vikings forged a 15-15 tie. Granite Bay scored four consecutive points en route to the win.

Oakmont’s only previous loss came at Bear River. Head coach Shelby Weinberger was disappointed in the effort against Granite Bay.

“(The loss to Bear River) was incredibly tight. We actually showed up to play,” Weinberger said. “But we didn’t have any confidence in this game. We didn’t play together as a team.”

Granite Bay starts Sierra Foothill League play next week against Roseville.

Oakmont begins Capital Valley Conference competition Oct. 1 against Christian Brothers.