Oak Ridge’s varsity girls volleyball squad advanced through the opening round of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Tuesday evening, dropping visiting Davis three games to one at Ponderosa High. The Lady Trojans put the Blue Devils down 25-19, 16-25, 25-23 and 25-17 en route to victory.
“We hadn’t seen Davis this year,” co-head coach Christy Bergin said. “We knew that they would be good but didn’t know exactly how they were going to play. We struggled to get into a rhythm at times tonight, but when the girls found it you could really notice the difference.”
Junior Marissa Quilici tallied a dozen kills in the win, while sophomore Elizabeth Cameron and junior Erin Krigger each had a pair of aces. Junior Kelly Krigger and senior Moira McVicar were tough as nails defensively, tallying 22 digs and 13 digs, respectively.
With Cameron and McVicar sharing duties as setters in a 6-2 formation, Oak Ridge seized the first set 25-19 before being shut down in set two, falling 16-25. Set three was a coin toss, with both squads trading three and four-point runs until the set was even at 23-23. Senior Hayley Corell broke the stalemate with a powerful kill and Erin Krigger’s final service point pushed to the 25-23 triumph.
“You have to give Davis credit,” co-head coach Bre Horton said. “They are a great team; they’re tough and work really well together.”
The Lady Trojans jumped out to a commanding 9-2 lead in the final set, countered by a big Blue Devil service run. Davis cut the lead to five, and then three, but strong defense up front by Quilici and Cameron stifled a number of Davis kill attempts and the hosts built momentum from the ground up, clinching the night with a 25-17 win in the fourth set.
For Troy, the entire season has been a constant process of adjustments. Both coaches commended their players on being flexible with changes throughout the year.
“The lineup you saw tonight, this wasn’t our lineup for the whole season,” Horton said “We’ve never had any lineup this year where we’ve gone ‘Yes, this is our line up.’ It constantly changes from week to week; this is what we had this week. And the girls have been so good with that all year. We’ll tell them ‘OK, we’re going to be doing this for this week’ and they always say ‘OK’ and make it work . They’re a great group to coach.”