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Lincoln improves to 2-1 after shutting out Foothill

Now have to go on the road to play Placer
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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The host Lincoln High girls volleyball team were having an easy time of it against the Foothill Mustangs, but struggled a bit in set three. The Fighting Zebras eventually came away with a 3-0 victory. Setter Seline Richard went to work in the final game putting up 15 sets before her teammates came through with the kills. However, throughout the evening the attacks came from several players on the blue-and-gold side of the net. Briana Brown had four kills in the set, Emily Bell two, and Shelby Workman, Taylor Emerson, and Nicole Wells each had one. “We definitely got a lot more confident with our hitters, and passes, and we were able to run plays a lot more,” said Richard following the match. “So that was a big help. That was a nice win.” Lincoln dominated games one and two, 25-12, and 25-14. Unofficially, Workman had eight kills in the match, and Brown had seven. Bell was listed with six kills, and Wells five. Wells also had five blocks, and Workman and Stephanie Wilcox each had one. Brown also had seven attacks, Emerson six, Wells four, and Workman three. Stephanie McMillan had four aces in the contest, and Emerson had a dig. “The first two games we played really, really well,” said Lincoln head coach Amanda Retallack. “The third game we kind of lost focus, but it was nice to have a win because we’re going into a pretty tough next three games.” The club travels to Auburn to play Placer, Thursday, and then will be at home to face Colfax, Tuesday, and Bear River, Oct. 19. Retallack said her club’s passing and hitting were on target, but said the serving was horrible. She said they missed 11 against Foothill, and that would not hold up against Placer or Bear River. “We’re going to try to pick up the intensity,” Retallack said, as to what they will work on in preparation for the three-game stand. “We do play teams a lot faster than we’re used to, so we’ve got to pick up the footwork and focus.” JV _ The visiting Mustangs spoiled the Fighting Zebras’ chance of taking the match to a game three by erasing a seven-point Lincoln lead in game two and going on to win 25-21. Foothill swept the match, 2-0. The Zebras stayed close to the Mustangs in game one, but could never take a lead. The Mustangs led 21-18 before eventually handing the blue-and-gold a 25-21 loss in game one. Girls Volleyball Standings Sierra Foothill League League Overall 1. Bear River 2-0 14-4 2. Placer 2-0 11-4 3. Lincoln 2-1 12-4 4. Colfax 0-1 20-6 5. Foothill 0-1 1-8 6. Center 0-2 3-8