Lincoln volleyball working hard as season nears end

Zebras hang with Placer
By: Jim Linsdau/News Messenger Sports Editor
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The 17-2 Placer Lady Hillmen were able to take three sets from Lincoln’s girls volleyball team last week, but the Fighting Zebras improved with each game. Placer upped its record to 5-0 in Pioneer Valley League play. The Lady Hillmen completed their first round of league play losing only one set; that was in a 3-1 win over Bear River. The loss to Placer dropped Lincoln to 6-13 and 1-4 in league. “That was the best game that we’ve ever played,” said Lincoln head coach Shannon Kellar. “Even though I know we got smoked in the first and second match, that was the best game.” Kellar said the players showed considerable improvement in moving their feet and passing the ball. Libero Taylor Emerson played her best game of the season getting almost 30 digs during the match. “I thought (Lincoln) was pretty scrappy on defense,” said Placer head coach Jennifer Wright. “I think their libero is a great player. But I know that she’s somebody who has played year round and I know that helps her a lot.” Kellar said her team showed a lot more unity against Placer. In spite of the loss, Kellar said she thought the match would help boost the Zebras’ confidence. To help build the program in the off season, Kellar has started a club for Lincoln girls branching off Sierra Gold. She said it looks like she’ll have a good group of girls from freshmen to varsity next year so she hopes to get a good turnout for her club team. Wright, who came in as head coach in 2006, said she also worked to put together a good coaching staff to help enhance the talent that comes through Placer volleyball. She said creating an atmosphere where players anticipate winning helps feed their confidence. “I think it’s the tradition and expectation that they’re going to come in and they’re going to play on a winning team,” said Wright as to her club’s continued success. “A team that knows how to win, that’s a big part of the battle.” The Zebras began their final round of PVL play hosting Colfax Tuesday. They will travel to Lake of the Pines for a match against Bear River Thursday. Lincoln has two home games next week, Center Tuesday and Foothill Thursday, before closing out its season against the Lady Hillmen in Auburn Oct 30. Placer 3, Lincoln 0 Hillmen 25 25 25 – 3 Zebras 13 17 19 – 0