Oakmont beats Bear River in four, moves to 11-0 in volleyball

Carte, Larson, Rogers combine for 46 kills
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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It was another volleyball victory for Oakmont High School on Thursday night.

The Vikings defeated Bear River 25-21, 27-25, 23-25 25-17 to move to 11-0 this season.

However, it wasn’t an easy victory, as Bear River’s vicious front line of Sara Schell and Kristen Pereira combined for 33 of their squad’s 37 kills. But a variety of Oakmont offenders combined to score the big points: Katie Carte (19 kills), Emily Larson (16) and Kyra Rogers (11).

A defining point came in the second set, when Oakmont rallied from a 10-6 deficit to tie the score at 15. Tied again at 25, Carte and Larson came up with big kills.

“Staying positive was key,” Oakmont head coach Shelby Weinberger said. “There were definitely some times when we could have gotten frustrated, but we just stayed positive and found the court on the kill.”

It’s been a dominant season for the Vikings, who have lost just four of 32 sets. Victims include Roseville and Del Oro of the Sierra Foothill League. Weinberger said the quickness of Oakmont’s attack has been a key, and Bear River coach Matt MacDonald was most impressed.

“That’s what our key was this year,” Weinberger said. “(MacDonald) said that’s the quickest offense (Bear River has) seen all year. That’s what we’ve been trying to focus on so much in the past years, quicken up the offense. The defense wouldn’t have a chance to get up and block.”

In Oakmont’s future are Mendocino (3-2), Weed (4-0) and Arcata (6-1) in the Red Bluff tournament this weekend and Capital Valley Conference opponents. Weinberger mentioned the need for improvement in the serving game moving forward.

“We’re sort of struggling with that,” Weinberger said, noting the inconsistency of Thursday’s match. “Definitely serve-receive, so that we could use more offense.”