Host Oak Ridge secured second place in the Delta River League volleyball standings after its 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Folsom Tuesday evening.
The Lady Trojans wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 19-11, 8-2 in league. Oak Ridge is expecting the No. 2 seed for the playoffs that start this week.
Prior to the first set, Troy honored seniors Alexa Becker, Haley Simmons, Arden Zuber and Stephanie Guest and the quartet was instrumental in the sweep.
Oak Ridge’s defeat of the Bulldogs by a combined 10 points was either too close for comfort or the team brazenly going about its business knowing it could win.
“I knew we had it and it was good to get everyone in. It was a lighter atmoshmere tonight and we weren’t taking it very seriously,” Trojan coach Becky Potter said.
The first set was close all the way. Simmons’ tap to the middle broke a 22-all tie and after a Folsom violation, Tara McDermott followed up successive blocks with a set to Zuber for a kill to the near corner and the victory.
Potter emptied the bench for the second set as Maddie DeGeorge, Maddie Maxwell, Helena Strube, Nicolette Tsivikas, Rachael McVicar and Hayley Corell all saw action along with Guest, Becker and Maddie Chambliss. Oak Ridge led 15-7 after Strube deposited a stray dig and 21-11 on Corell’s side tap off the Folsom block.
The Bulldogs rallied behind an 8-0 run but like the first game, Troy broke a 22-22 score with the last three points on Chambliss’ back row attack, a double-hit and Strube’s block that led to a Folsom mis-hit.
The visitors raced out to a 5-0 advantage in the third set, forcing Oak Ridge to chip away. Zuber’s hitting, along with Mysha Davies’ hitting and serving, allowed the Trojans to close on a 5-1 run and give the seniors their win.
“Even though it was close we knew we had it,” the seniors said. “Playing here (for Oak Ridge) has been a good experience, influence and we’re lucky to be a part of it. If we can go into the playoffs with the right mindset we think we can go far.”
This year’s senior class holds special meaning for Potter.
“This one hits close to home and it’ll be a hard group to say good-bye to. Alexa and Haley were freshman players on varsity and I was a freshman coach so we’ve been together four years. Adding Stephani was positive and Arden is a massive goof ball but I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Potter said. “They’re the reason we were successful this season.”