Troy beats old foe

Oak Ridge’s Kelly Krigger digs one out Wednesday against Rio Americano. Courtesy photo

Although the Oak Ridge High volleyball team played St. Francis in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation match, it felt — just like old times — that the Delta River League title was at stake.

The former Delta River League neighbors matched one another point-per-point in their two-hour, four-set match that netted Oak Ridge a 25-21, 30-28, 20-25, 27-25 victory.

“We were really impressed with how the girls showed up tonight,” Lady Trojan co-head coach Christy Bergin said. “They are such a mature team on the court.”

Added co-head coach Breanna Wymore, formally Horton, “They were ready to play. They were really excited to play them (St. Francis) so early in the season. They came out with a lot of heart.”

Six seniors return to this year’s squad: Marissa Eaves, Erin Krigger, Kelly Krigger, Marissa Qulici, Molly Rowland and Kimmy Tuttle. Last year, Oak Ridge was 18-12 overall.

“This is a solid group of seniors,” Bergin said.

Qulici led the Trojans in kills with 141 last fall, plus 49 blocked shots. Kelly Krigger had 276 digs last fall.

“She’s continued to improve over the four years that we’ve had her here,” said Bergin of Qulici.

Five juniors and three sophomores round out the roster. Olivia Reid returns as a junior and joining her are Lizzie Cameron, Emma Fewell, Karina Marquez and Megan Priest.

Cameryn Collie, Hailey Maniglia and Jenna Miller move up to the varsity level as sophomores this season. The trio, along with the juniors and seniors, are seasoned club players.

“All of our sophomores are strong,” Bergin said.

The co-coaches were pleased with the girls’ intensity play at the net, setting up the ball for teammates and diving for digs all over the court against St. Francis.

“They really fought for the points,” Wymore said. “Those challenging transitions, coming off defense and working hard.”

Moved to the Sierra Foothill League, the Trojans are predicted to battle for the league crown.

“Super strong league,” Bergin said. “We have been telling the girls that we are going to battle for every single match; there is no easy match in our league.”

Tomorrow, Oak Ridge hosts the 26th annual Christine Craft Tournament. There are 16 schools scheduled to compete in the tourney, including Ponderosa.

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