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PREP GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Lincoln invades Placer to open league play

Zebras blank Rio Linda
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After an extended layoff from competition, the Lincoln High girls volleyball team came back with plenty of energy and no signs of rust.

The Fighting Zebras traveled to Rio Linda and handed the Knights a convincing 3-0 defeat, 25-8, 25-19 and 25-10.

Six Lincoln players had kills, with Dallas Atchley tallying six, and Makayla Franco, Mackenzie Eutsey and Yosline Rodriguez recording three each. The frontline got assists from Tonie Leech (7), Makayla Price (6), Sammie Crowell (2) Jacqueline Thompson (2) and one from Franco.

The Zebras had just five blocking errors and three errors assisting.

On defense, Rodriguez had three blocks and Atchley one. Thompson received 10 Rio Linda serves, Taylor Penstein and Lisa Castro five each, and Brooke Stokes received four.

Castro led Lincoln with eight digs, Thompson had five and Penstein four. Price had six aces on 18 serves and Penstein had three aces on six serves. Franco had 15 serves (ace) and Leech had nine serves (2 aces).

The Zebras (4-2) open Pioneer Valley League play at Placer (3-8) Thursday. Lincoln will host Colfax (6-2) Oct. 3.

“I think we’re going to have more consistent power than we’ve had on the outside,” said Placer head coach Jennifer Wright following the Hillmen’s first scrimmage in late August. “We have some experience, but I think that they’re going to come along pretty quickly.”

Placer has five seniors and seven juniors on its 2018 squad.