EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge has warm-up T-shirts that read “Lock, Load and Explode.”
The Trojans did exactly that on serve during the third set of Wednesday’s nonleague boys volleyball home match against Chico, leading to a four-set 25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17 victory.
With the match tied at one win each entering the third game, Oak Ridge (7-8) led 16-14 before it went on a 9-1 scoring run that included seven points and aces combined from Adrian Griffith and Ben Kopania.
“Adrian and Ben are pretty consistent,” said Oak Ridge head coach Melanie DeMure of the two seniors. “Adrian is new to volleyball; he’s only been playing for four months. But he gets the game very quickly. And Ben has been playing for years. I’ve known him since he was 8. He’s always been a good volleyball player.”
Oak Ridge broke an 8-all tie in the fourth set when Griffith struck the ball down the middle of the court for a 9-8 lead. Chico had rallies to trim the Trojans’ lead to 18-12 and 20-14, but that’s where Griffith, Lopania, Connor Peterson, Davis Hunt, Austin Frese, Wyatt Rowland, Chase Barri and Jordan Roberts spiked and served their way to the win.
The Trojans continued to receive good serving from Peterson, Hunt and Frese in the fourth set, as they combined to record 13 of the team’s 25 points.
“They are capable of doing a lot of things when they put their mind to it,” said DeMure of her squad.
DeMure has been pleased with her team’s improvement on the court in passing, setting up the ball and spiking it down the middle and sides of the court.
“I have a lot of new kids,” DeMure said. “You have to teach the game as well as the mental and technique side. I wanted every kid to have an opportunity to play (in Wednesday’s match).”
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