Del Norte

Statement win for Eureka girls in volleyball

The Eureka girls sent out a message of intent with an impressive win over a big rival on Tuesday night.

The Loggers hosted Del Norte and knocked off the powerhouse Warriors in straight sets, winning 25-17, 25-15, 25-20.

“We did a pretty good job of communicating the whole match,” Eureka head coach Rachel Evans said. “We had a couple of lulls, but other than that, they were able to get back in sync, and in our coverage, we did a good job of adjusting.”

The win lifts the Loggers to 2-0 in league and 9-2 on the season, and keeps them right in the thick of things in what is expected to be a very tough Big 5.

Paige Lyons and Madison Broese each had big nights at the service line for Eureka, which also defeated Fortuna 3-1 to open league play last week.

Lyons had 24 serves, with three aces and 18 points, while Broese came in off the bench in all three sets and contributed 17 serves, with four aces and 14 points.

Lyons also had 13 assists.

Makaila Napoleon and Malia Guilbert each had big nights blocking.

Napoleon also finished with seven kills and a pair of aces, while Peyton Suchanek added four kills.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Eureka girls when they travel to play Arcata, another powerhouse, on Thursday at 5 p.m.

“I’m trying not to underestimate anyone,” Evans said. “Arcata, they have a very seasoned coach (Laurie Griffith). She knows what she’s doing and she always has a strong team. So we’re kind of taking them one at a time.”

So far so good for the Loggers.

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