The Battle of the Cats

By Jeremy McDonald

It's dubbed 'The Battle Of The Cats', the rematch of the Capital Valley Conference season.  It's Roseville versus Whitney for the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-I Section Title.

During the regular season, the Tigers swept the Wildcats in CVC play, winning six of the nine sets played during league play.

But Whitney would take a tournament match however, on April 11 at the JDVBT Tournament in Chico, two sets to one.

In the playoffs the 'Cats have made some noise in the Division-I bracket en route to the section final game after being moved up from Division-II.

They swept Elk Grove and Grant in the first and third rounds and winning a five-set thriller over Nevada Union on May 14 in the second round of the playoffs.

(It’s) very excited,” said Whitney Head Coach Erich Means on the playoff push.  “(The)  team has worked very hard in practices and been focused on each upcoming opponent,.

“(We’re) really forward to playing in the Section Title game,” Means added.  “Division-I versus Division-II does not mean too much really.  The teams in each of the division play against each other all year.  “

Means also mentioned that having three teams from the CVC making playoffs and are still in play, shows how strong the league is a whole.

For Roseville, who won the CVC with a 12-1 record and are 30-9 overall in 2015, have dominanted throughout the playoffs.

In their three games entering Wednesday match up with the Wildcats, the Tigers swept McClatchy to start the playoffs before upsetting Jesuit in a three-set tight sweep over the Maudaders.

Despite dropping one set to Granite Bay in the semi-final game, Roseville settled in to win three sets to one en route to their trip to  the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-I Section Final.

"Honestly the run that we have has this year has been just amazing," said Tiger Head coach Jason Cole.  "These guys really just want to go out there and win for each other. They are a great group. 

"This is the first year Roseville has even made it to the playoffs. I think a lot of teams tend to underestimate us. I think it is safe to say that we have proved that we can contend with the best teams in the Section and win those games too."

Jeremy's Prediction:  Roseville Wins A Four-Set Thriller.  Two of the Sets will go into extras.

First serve is slated for 730pm at Capital Christian High School in Sacramento.