Loggers claim at least a share of the Big 5

The Eureka Loggers secured at least a share of the Big 5 championship in volleyball on Thursday night, with a four-sets win at Del Norte.

After finishing in a tie for second a year ago, the Eureka girls have been perfect in league play so far this season improving to 6-0 with Thursday’s big win.

And that guarantees them at least a share of the title, their first on the volleyball court in over a decade.

If the Loggers win one of their two remaining games, or if Del Norte drops one of its final four games, Eureka will claim the championship outright and end a seven-year run of Del Norte and Arcata dominance.

The Loggers won Tuesday’s game by a score of 25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 25-21.

It was their second win over Del Norte in league play this season, although this one was a lot closer.

“We started off strong,” Eureka head coach Rachel Evans said. “But Del Norte was definitely a different team to the last time. They were extra scrappy, and their hitting was on point, both their outside hitters.”

After a bit of a letdown in the third set, the Loggers closed out strong, and have now dropped just four sets in six league games.

“They were able to keep their heads about them and keep their heads as a team,” Evans said of her players.

Peyton Suchanek had a big say in the win, finishing with a team-high 15 kills and four aces.

The ever-reliable Paige Lyons added 21 assists to go with four aces and a pair of kills, while Makaila Napoleon and Sadie Hampton each had seven kills.

Napoleon added three aces.

With the win, the Loggers improved to 16-6 on the season, while Del Norte drops to 2-2 in the Big 5.

The Loggers can clinch the title outright when they host Arcata on Tuesday on what will be senior night.

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