North wins in Four in Optimist Division-II game

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By Jeremy McDonald

SACRAMENTO --For 31 athletes in the Optimist Boys Volleyball All-Star game; Wednesday marked the end of their high school careers.

"It's awesome that what our coaches think are the best players, get to play together and experience other teams in the area

The South would win the first set, but the North would rally off the next three sets for the 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-18 win in the opening game of the Optimist Doubleheader.

The south won the first set 25-20, but the north responded with a 25-20 set win themselves.

"We came together as team and started playing together," said Rocklin's Vance Gregg on the second set win.  "We really powered through and played well."

The momentum of the second set help the North take sets three and four 25-21 and 25-18 respectively.

"It was really good," said Thunder's Evan Gustafson on the game.  "Coming back after losing the first game and taking it to four and winning it in four.  It was really good and fun."

Up next is college, and for Fighting Zebras Gunner Michaelson, that is trying to walk on some where collegiately.

"Right now I'm going to Sierra," said Michaelson.  "I really want to get a volleyball team started there, they don't have one there so I hope to talk to the school.  Then I'm trying to transfer to San Francisco State."

Lincoln's Kevin Avilia and Rocklin'sLenard Lomugdang also participated in the game.  Avilia for the south with Holt and Michealson and Lomugdang with teammates Gustafson and Gregg on the North squad.