By Scott Warden
Mother Lode News correspondent
SHINGLE SPRINGS – With several starters out, another home game on the road and fighting for better playoff positioning, Ponderosa High volleyball showed resilience Thursday in three tough games against visiting Sheldon. Never wavering, the Bruins came away with a victory in three straight games by scores of 25-21, 25-16, and 25-18.
Ponderosa proved its depth as as Emily Summers and Alex Mettler stepped into the setter role. Both did a fantastic job handling the ball and setting passes for Lindsey Bowles, Rachel Eisen, Samantha Rains, and Sara Hickenbottom, who all had numerous kills.
In the first game, the Bruins found that the Huskies, despite their record, came to play and wanted nothing more than to be a thorn in Ponderosa’s side. After numerous side outs and neither team able to seize the momentum, the Bruins finally took control late in the game with tremendous hustle and passing to take a 23-21 advantage and after taking the match were able to take control from that point on.
“We had some tough games tonight and some players out however this team really stepped up and came through tonight. I am really proud of them and the way they played. After tonight we have one more league game that will be important for playoff position, however for tonight ,the team was great,” Ponderosa coach Sheri Millhollin said.
Despite its first game loss, Sheldon didn’t not go quietly and midway through the second game Ponderosa found itself trailing 16-14. But the Bruins pulled things together and used a total team effort to shut Huskies down in running off 11 straight points to close out.
“This was exciting to be a part of tonight and to contribute. The team played well and we are looking forward to playoffs soon and going a long way,” Summers said.
The Bruins took the wind out of Sheldon with great passing, fantastic sets and thunderous kills in game No. 3 to take an 18-10 advantage. From there, the Huskies rallied but the Bruins were never really threatened and finished off the third game for the sweep.
Ponderosa finishes the regular season Nov. 2 when it takes on St. Francis at home back at Oak Ridge.