As far as openers go, this one was typical.
In the most intriguing match-up of the opening night of high school girls volleyball, Rocklin swept Ponderosa 25-15, 26-24, 25-16 in a matchup of two section D-II playoff teams from a year ago.
Though both teams have problems to iron out - setting on Rocklin's side of the net and team communication on Ponderosa's - both appear primed for strong seasons. Both lost strong senior leadership from year ago as Ponderosa kills leader Mackenzie Snyder graduated and Rocklin lost its twin towers in the middle in Kelsey Elston and Shannon Wilson - both are now at Sacramento State. In addition, the Thunder lost three-year starting setter Alex Diemer to graduation.
Janelle Curry - who has committed early to join Elston and Wilson at Sac State next year - and Hannah Anderson consistently were able to hit hard down the line for Rocklin on Thursday night and the Bruins' Stephanie Ranks hit well from the outside and the right. Official stats were not available directly following the match.
Despite it being early in the season, the Thunder rallied from big deficits of 17-9, and 20-13 in game two to come back and help to preserve the chance at a sweep.
"It's early, but if we can do that, we can do anything," Curry said.
For more results, check out Friday's Bee.
-- John Parker