‘Dig Pink’ match today
SHINGLE SPRINGS — Oak Ridge volleyball won its first match at its home-away-from-home Monday, easily defeating an over-matched Sheldon squad in three sets, 25-5, 25-6, 25-15.
The victory improved the Lady Trojans to 2-0 in the Delta River League standings with Ponderosa up next on the schedule. Due to the gym remodel at Oak Ridge, the Trojans and Bruins share the Ponderosa court.
The smaller Huskies were no match to Oak Ridge which never made it through a full serve rotation in the opening set. Sheldon’s problems, beginning with service-receive, never mounted much of an offensive attack. The Trojans strung points together — the longest a 12-0 run behind Olivia Reid’s jump serve.
Oak Ridge went with setter Moira McVicar to start and Elizabeth Cameron followed. Kelly Krigger, Maddie DeGeorge and Erin Krigger each served as liberos.
“We were able to put in a variety of players and use different lineups,” Trojan coach Bre Horton said. “Work on stuff we needed to work on, stay focused, work as a team and respect our opponent. We let down our focus in the third set and you see what happens.”
Set No. 2 mirrored the first. Delaney Chaplin, Marissa Quilici and Cameron spent time on serve and Sheldon couldn’t stop the hitting of Reid, Marissa Eaves and Hayley Corell.
Troy’s 13-1 run broke a 5-5 tie in the third set. Though the Huskies had their best scoring game Oak Ridge was never in jeopardy of losing its sweep.
Tonight’s Trojan-Bruin intra-county match will be Ponderosa’s annual ‘Dig Pink’ event. The Lady Bruins host this game to bring awareness to breast cancer prevention/treatment as well as honor living and past survivors and their families.
Both teams will be decked out in pink as they battle for the win and raise money for the local Pink Ribbon Fund Judy Pickett, a breat cancer survivor and longtime advocate for the disease’s prevention, will be the guest speaker. A donated breast cancer themed quilt will be raffled off, pink goodies will be sold and donations will be taken throughout the night. The freshmen and JV start at 4:30 followed by varsity.
The match also marks the official varsity head coaching-return of Norton, who prepped at Ponderosa and played one season under current Bruin head coach Sheri Millhollin.
“As (head) coach I do see it in a different light but it doesn’t feel the same anymore because it’s a different gym,” Horton said. “For me it’s fun. It’s always a good match between the two schools. We’ll be playing for a good cause and our focus will be to play our game and be mentally tough.”
Notes: Sophomore middle blocker Emily DeMure has transferred to Granite Bay.