By Jeremy McDonald
Whitney didn’t miss a beat despite being moved up to the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division-I bracket as they swept Elk Grove 25-11, 25-11, 25-9.
“Our serves were strong and aggressive, we moved the ball around well and kept their passers back on their heels,” said Wildcat head coach Erich Means. “Elk Grove is a growing program, and we should see some significant strides from them over the next few years.”
Their middles working to the outside and the outstanding effort by Nathan Holes defensively helped clamped down the Thundering Herd.
“(Nathan Holes) positioned himself well and really made a positive impact on the game,” said Means. “Our middles had been working on getting to the outside with more consistency and that work paid off as they were able to clamp down on the outside hitters.”
Offensively, Whitney had easy swings at the ball to place them in the openings in the defense. Something that the ‘Cats have been emphasizing recently.
“We have been emphasizing playing within themselves and taking what the other team was giving them,” said Means.
Up next for Whitney is Nevada Union, who Tuesday night off, but had defeated the Wildcats 3-1 on May 6.
But the game plan against the Miners are simple.
“I believe we need to, again, stay within our game plan, and not try to do too much individually,” said Means. “They have some very talented players and we will really need to maintain our focus and utilize our athleticism and skill to counter their plays.”
But Means sees the match to be hard fought between his squad and Nevada Union’s.
“I believe the match will be hard fought with some power volleyball on display from both sides,” he said. “I am looking for the momentum from last night to carry forward into tomorrow’s match.”
The match tips off at 7pm at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley.