Young Zebras battle to improve volleyball program

Fifteen game preseason
By: Jim Linsdau/News Messenger Sports Editor
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The Lincoln girls volleyball team continues to look for that winning combination during the 2012 preseason but can’t seem to turn the corner. At home last week the Fighting Zebras went up against a strong River Valley Falcons team and improved with each game in spite of falling 3-0 last week. The loss put the Fighting Zebras at 2-4 on the preseason with 11 more games to go before Pioneer Valley League play begins. “We’re a younger team,” said first-year head coach Shannon Kellar, who said she has only four seniors on the squad. “They have a lot to work on, but I can say that each game they have improved.” The disciplined Falcons had a strong front line. The visitors were able to mount early leads and hold off Lincoln’s efforts to fight back. However, the Zebras came alive behind the play of Brianna Brown in set No. 3. Brown had four kills, two digs, and three aces on serve before the Falcons claimed the 25-18 victory. All total for the 3-set match, Brown had five kills, three digs, two blocks, and four aces. Nicole Wells added seven attacks, two kills, and four blocks. Libero Taylor Emerson recorded nine digs and an ace, and Selby Workman had three attacks. “If we continue to compete like we did in that last match on the next two games I think we will do well in league,” said Kellar, who took over the varsity post after coaching the freshman squad the last two seasons. Unfortunately for the Zebras, the remainder of the week did not go as well as Kellar had hoped. Lincoln dropped a match 3-0 to Yuba City, although they did push the Honkers in game two before falling 28-26. JV _ Although the Zebras fell in two games, they forced River Valley into extra play when Alaina Bremner served up two points to tie the set at 24-24. Lincoln’s Kaitlin Law also had a good match with strong play at the net. Frosh _ The Zebras lost 25-15 and 15-13. River Valley 3, Lincoln 1 Falcons 25 25 25 Zebras 5 13 18 Fighting Zebras 2012 Roster 1 Nicole Wells 2 Seline Richard 3 Sam Smolich 4 Emilee Lloyd 5 Mackenzie Elf 6 Taylor Emerson (libero) 7 Shelby Workman 9 Faith Halbert 11 Shelby Rosa 12 Gabi Quezada 13 Brianna Brown AROUND THE LEAGUE Placer (4-0) 3-2 win over Roseville Bear River (7-5) 3-1 win over Davis Foothill (1-6) 3-2 loss to San Juan Colfax (1-5) 2-0 loss to Roseville Center (0-3) 3-0 loss to Del Campo