By Jeremy McDonald
Roseville’s Cinderella season came to an abrupt end Tuesday night versus Deer Valley in the CIF-NorCal Regional playoffs in a 25-9,25-23, 25-20 sweep to the Wolverines, but Tiger Head Coach Jason Cole and his squad aren’t dwindling on that as they’re focused on the future.
“We are a young team and it is just awesome for them to accomplish so much being that they so young,” said Cole. “Like I said before every match from the very first playoff game until now is the experience that Roseville needs to be a solid contender.”
Before the start of the season, before winning the Capital Valley Conference and making a run to sections, the goal for 2015 were simple.
“Honestly we just took it one point, one set, one match at a time,” said Cole. “Our goal was to win on game day. If I were to have these guys set a long term goal I think they might have lost focus on the task at hand.
“We really had no idea this season would turn out the way it did, We didn't change anything. We just kept doing what worked for us and most of the time we got the win”
As the famous saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’, and that philosophy followed Roseville throughout the season.
With that the Tigers went 27-9 in the regular season and 13-1 in CVC play, almost unheard of with a team that had three seniors to eight sophomores and three freshman by season’s end on roster!
What was the recipe for success?
“We just worked hard in practice to perfect our skills and increase our knowledge of the game or Volleyball IQ as I like to call it,” described Cole.
Roseville made some noise once they got into the playoffs, first time in school history, by upsetting Jesuit in a three-set sweep in the second round of the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-I bracket.
Then, they took down Division-I powerhouse Granite Bay in four sets and taking CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-II powerhouse Whitney to five in the Division-I Section Title game on May 22 to make it to the NorCal Regionals Bracket.
“Making it to NorCals was such a great experience,” said Cole on the experience. “Now all of the Boys in the program and coming in to the program at Roseville know what to expect and what will be expected of them.”
Expectations are set high for the Tigers entering 2016 as they aim to get back to get to the section title game once more.
“Do I want to get back to the Section Title match and win? You better believe I do,” said Cole. “I think now that these boys know what it is like to lose a section championship they are that more hungry to get back to that same title game and do their best to bring home the banner!”
The 2016 will be the first year of a true State Champion, said Cole, and the members of his squad will be ready to go and aiming for that banner by the start of the season with the help of club and travel volleyball during the offseason.
Good things are yet to come for the Roseville Tiger Boys Volleyball team in the future!
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