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Oakmont volleyball wins Watsonville tourney title

Roseville claims consolation crown at Craft Memorial
By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Oakmont High School defeated South San Francisco 27-25, 25-8 to win the Watsonville Volleyball Tournament last weekend.

Katie Carte and Ally Wubben had nine kills each for the Vikings (9-0), who went 5-0 in the tournament. Carte had 15 digs, and Wubben had 14 assists.

Oakmont defeated Campbell-Westmont 25-17, 25-18 in the semifinals behind Brennah Gladwill with 15 assists and eight digs and Kyra Rogers with five kills and three blocks.

The Vikings have recorded seven sweeps this season, losing just two of 24 sets.
Oakmont plays at Del Oro (11-3) on Tuesday night and plays host to Bear River (6-5) on Thursday.

Roseville takes consolation title — The Tigers defeated Colfax 25-22, 25-23 in the consolation final of the Christine Craft Memorial Tournament on Saturday at Vista Del Lago. Roseville finished 13th in the 24-team field.

With Jessica Yaranon playing only in the back row because of shin splints, Corinne Smith stepped in as a setter in Roseville’s 6-2 offense. Coach Ron Grove said Smith ran the offense well throughout the tournament.

“She is a very resilient player who recovers quickly from mistakes and learns fast,” Grove said.

Abby Jensen led in kills and controlled the net. Lindsay Anderson passed and defended well in the back row, and Jayme Lee’s kill finished Colfax.

Roseville warmed up for the tournament by defeating Folsom 25-19, 21-25, 25-12, 25-18 on Thursday in what Grove said was the Tigers’ best match of the young season.

Yaranon ran the offense and set up Kirsten Merlino and middle hitters Jennifer Simon and Abby Jensen.

Jordyn Smith passed and served well, and Grove said Hayley Barnes “may turn out to be the best libero Roseville has ever had.”

On Tuesday, Roseville was defeated by Placer 24-18, 25-12, 23-25, 25-27, 16-14.

The Tigers moved Leslie Pease to outside hitter and put Marrisa Dumford on the right side with Corinne Smith going to the back row for Dumford and Lindsay Anderson going to the back row. Roseville won the next two sets but fell in set five.

Anderson passed well from the back row, and Smith made some excellent saves.

“We were able to limit our mistakes and score some points,” Grove said. “We fought back hard and came within match point of winning the match. Placer is a good team, and this was a good match for us to fight in.”

Simon had one of her best matches of the season with 13 kills. Jensen had 10 kills to give Roseville points from the middle hitter position. Outside hitter Gabby Lyttle had eight kills.

Cross country

Oakmont second in Modesto — Oakmont’s varsity boys finished second in the Sierra Invitational in Modesto for its first team award in several years, according to coach Ryan Nugent.

“We competed very well,” Nugent said.

Sophomore Ian Miller finished ninth, Austin Taggart 10th and Adam Hocking 19th for the Vikings.

Oakmont captured the freshman boys race with four runners in the top 10, led by race winner Logan Taggart and runner-up Tanner Moore. Jonathan Weinberg was ninth, Josiah Reynolds 10th and Josh Vega 17th.

In other races, junior Marisa Carino was the runner-up in the varsity girls race, Whitney Lelis was fourth overall in the freshman girls race, Megan Burnes finished ninth overall and second among small schools in the sophomore girls race, and Jenna Bowles took third in the small schools division.

Girls tennis

Oakmont wins group — Oakmont defeated Yuba City 5-1 and Porterville-Monache 4-2 to win its group championship at the California High School Classic last weekend in Fresno.

On Friday, the Vikings lost to Piedmont 5-1 and tied Merced 3-3 and Palo Alto-Gunn No. 2 3-3.

On Tuesday, Oakmont won a tiebreaker in the third set of No. 3 doubles to edge Roseville 5-4.