Winning its first league matchup of the season, the Oak Ridge boys volleyball team took down Woodcreek Monday night in four sets 22-25, 12-25, 25-18 and 16-25.
“Consistency is really the key for us and we’ve been really focusing on playing consistent and smart volleyball,” said Trojan head coach Sheri Millhollin. I thought we played very well tonight, but it’s on us to fix up our errors and we need to be more accountable to one another as the season continues.”
Oak Ridge definitely got the memo and, after a slow start in the first set with the Timberwolves jumping out to an early 8-2 lead, began to step up its play. Millhollin called a quick timeout to stop the bleeding and her players quickly responded and fought to erase their deficit against Woodcreek.
Wyatt Rowland and Max Watson were both a strong force in front of the net, converting many kill attempts as the Trojans battled back. After a Rowland smash to seal a win in the first set, Oak Ridge kept up its hot play and took the second set with ease winning it by 13 points.
Woodcreek battled back and showed their resilience picking up the third set, despite some great passing by Trojan Addison Frese who picked up a game-high 46 assists during the match and successfully set up his front line attackers in Rowland and Watson all game long.
Oak Ridge wrapped up its triumph over Woodcreek with a fourth set win led by the serving and the smashing of Kyle McCoy. McCoy tallied up 9 kills and two aces on the day.
Rowland dominated all four sets for the Trojans putting up 24 kills and 14 digs. Watson was right behind production-wise with 14 kills of his own and 5 blocks at the net. Joel Hoversten also played a big role doing the little things in the win for Oak Ridge with 19 returns and 12 digs in the contest.
“We really needed a win so this victory is definitely very big for us,” Millhollin said. “We’ve had to battle a lot of injuries so far and I think that has impacted our overall record, and with the great league that we have this win could be huge for us to build momentum off of going forward.”
The Trojans’ much-needed win came as Sierra Foothill League play heats up. With its triumph over the Timberwolves, Oak Ridge improves its overall record to 3-7.