Oak Ridge gallups past Mustangs, falls to Grizzlies

OAK RIDGE’S Wyatt Rowland smashes a kill around the Monterey block at Tuesday’s playoff match in El Dorado Hills. Photo by Ernest Valenzuela III

Oak Ridge advanced through opening rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs Tuesday, hosting and defeating Monterey Trail in three sets, 25-10, 26-24 and 25-20 but their efforts fell short two days later with a shutout loss to Granite Bay.

Last Tuesday Troy jumped out to an early lead in game one but the Mustangs came alive in the second set, forcing Oak Ridge to grind out a second win before dispatching their guests in a fairly comfortable fashion.

Freshman starter Wyatt Rowland finished with a team-high five kills on the night, while teammates Chase Barri and Ben Kopania had four each. On the service side, Nick Camagna and and Sam Greenleaf earned a couple aces on the evening while Kopania led the team in the dig department with four.

For head coach Melanie DeMure, the win was a nice postseason victory that still left a lot of questions heading into Thursday’s round with Oak Ridge facing Granite Bay.

“I don’t think we played very well,” DeMure said. “We have some very athletic boys on our team and I’ve been fortunate this year where this was the first year I actually had to cut players — working with a full roster at the beginning of the year was very nice, but a lot of it comes down to the mental part of the game.”

With the loss to Granite Bay Oak Ridge moves to 10-14 on the year.

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