College of the Redwoods

Corsairs top Shasta for second straight win

The Corsairs made it two straight wins on the volleyball court with a five-sets win (25-20, 12-25, 22-25, 25-21,15-12) over Shasta at College of the Redwoods on Wednesday night.

And for the second straight game, they did it the hard way, rallying from a 1-2 deficit to win the last two sets.

“It was definitely exciting,” CR head coach Petra Lorenzi said. 

No matter how it was achieved, a two-game winning streak is a definite step in the right direction for a young CR team that is slowly building confidence.

“When things got got chaotic, we stayed calm,” said Lorenzi, whose team trailed 6-12 in the final set before going on a eight-point run. “We stayed together, we didn’t panic, we didn’t try to do anything crazy, and stayed disciplined and fought our way back into the game.”

With the win, CR improved to 1-3 in the Golden Valley Conference and 4-11 on the year, while the visitors dropped to 0-4 and 6-18.

Jessica Simon, who has become one of the team’s most reliable players, had another strong all-around game, including serving eight straight points late, five of which were aces.

The former Eureka Logger finished with nine aces, nine kills and 12 digs, while sophomore Elise Wilson continued to shine with a game-high 30 digs.

Playing with an injury didn’t appear to slow down the in-form Alondra Ledezma, who finished with 17 kills with another influential performance.

Ledezma, who has a stress fracture, has been limited in practice and is not expected to play against Butte on Friday night, but is hoping to be available for next week’s games at Siskiyous and Shasta.

Ashlynn Maddeaux added eight kills in Wednesday’s win, while setter Ariana Gallegos had another big game, including stepping up late with three kills in the final set.

The Corsairs will be tested against a top-ranked Butte team (3-1 in the GVC and 15-9 overall) at home on Friday.

“We’re going to have our hands full,” Lorenzi said. “We need to play good defensively and do what we do best, play our system, stay smart defensively and dig the ball.”

The game is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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