Zebras volleyball knocks off Marysville, 3-0

Lincoln improves to 7-3 in preseason play
By: Ryan Giles and Lane Pounds Courtesy/Zebra Tales Journalism Department
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The Lincoln High School girls volleyball team was poised to turn around the Fighting Zebras’ fortunes against Marysville after the junior varsity’s loss. They did so impressively by downing the Indians 3-0, Sept. 22, at Lincoln High. It was a closely fought battle for two of the three games, but Lincoln prevailed, 25-17, 25-22, and 25-11. Both teams played hard, but Lincoln varsity coach Betty Zamora felt the Zebras still had room for improvement. “Great,” Zamora said as to the win, “but a few things could have been better.” These Lady Zebras showed a positive attitude and great sportsmanship throughout the night. After every point, whether theirs or not, a high five was given to acknowledge the effort. In game two the Lady Zebras had to come from behind to complete the three-game sweep. At one point Lincoln trailed by six points. The two teams warmed up with complex drills, energy, and with the mindset of winning. The Zebras were pumped and ready, for when the music kicked on they danced and all had smiles. In the first game it wasn’t long before Lincoln took a four-point lead. The star player of the night was Seline Richard in assisting her teammates for attack plays. Richard was always getting her hands on the ball whenever possible, achieving 10 or more sets. The Lady Zebras packed up for the night and prepared for the next match up at Rio Linda, Tuesday, with their heads held high. JV _ The Lady Zebras junior varsity fell to Marysville, 2-0. The game started with Marysville serving, and after the first game it showed the Lady Zebras it would be no easy task to win. The final score in game one was 25-19, in favor of Marysville. The second game ended with Marysville winning, 25-17. Afterward, Lincoln JV coach Brandon Boyd said a few words about the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady Zebras. “(We are) a serving based team,” Boyd said as to one of the team’s strengths. “They weren’t as aggressive as they could be. (They) could hit better if they had the confidence. “If they miss more than three serves, they have to run a mile.” Boyd added. Gladly, the JV Lady Zebras have not yet had to do that. Loud music served as a motivator as the Lady Zebras entered the gym to screaming, cheering and high fives all around. The teams prepared for the game by lining up separately and jogging around the gym to warm up. As the buzzer reached its last few seconds for the pre-game warm-up, the Lady Zebras huddled and chanted for the school. Fighting Zebras Volleyball Varsity Roster 1 – Nicole Wells 2 – Seline Richard 3 – Stephanie Wilcox 4 – Stephanie McMillan 5 – Meaghan Cortes 6 – Emily Bell 7 – Shelby Workman 8 – Taylor Emerson 9 – Caylin Shaw 10 – Britannia Brown The authors are student members of Lincoln High’s Zebra Tales Journalism Department