College of the Redwoods

CR women prepare for busy week in volleyball

By Ray Hamill — The College of the Redwoods women are in for a busy week, and a week that could give them a boost of momentum heading into the stretch run of their season.

The Corsairs will play three matches in three days, traveling to play Feather River and Lassen on Thursday and Friday, before a quick trip home to host Canada the following afternoon.

“It’s going to be a busy three days,” head coach Petra Lorenzi said. 

The Feather River game will be a difficult one, matching up against a perennial powerhouse Golden Eagles team that is 10-6 on the season.

But Lassen (1-10) and Canada (3-11) are both very winnable games for the CR women (2-9), while giving them the opportunity to build some momentum.

“We’re looking to go and compete with Feather, learn what we can and get better,” Lorenzi said. “And then we turn around and play Lassen on Friday, and if we want to set a tone in conference, it starts with Lassen.”

The Corsairs dropped their conference opener at home to Siskiyous on Friday in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17).

But, according to Lorenzi, a young CR team continues to grow and show improvement.

“You know, they came out and it was probably one of our better performances of the year in some ways,” the coach said. “We had less errors, we kept a great attitude, and we competed the whole time.”

In particular, Alondra Ledezma had a strong offensive showing, finishing with a team-high 11 kills.

Sophomore Elise Wilson continued her impressive season with another big game, finishing with 24 digs, while setter Ariana Gallegos had 19 assists.

Jessica Simon added seven kills.

“What I like is our energy on the court, and playing together as a team, and our ability to fight back is getting better and better,” Lorenzi said. 

The coach and her players have also been focusing this week on being able to close out more effectively.

“We’ve been working on competing and being able to handle the last seven points of a match when the pressure comes on,” Lorenzi said.

Saturday’s home game is scheduled for 3 p.m., and will be played at the same time as the football game against Los Medanos, allowing fans to check out both.

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