VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP — Big wins for Tigers, Crusaders


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Thursday’s match between Arcata and Eureka

By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers celebrated senior night with a straight sets win over a previously unbeaten Eureka team on Thursday.

All four seniors — Avery Thornburgh, Ella Day, Lola Renteria and Eva Weller — played a big part in the win and appear to be closing out their high school careers with a bang.

“Avery, Lola, Ella and Eva have been some of the most dedicated players Arcata Volleyball has had,” head coach Laurie Griffith said. “They played AAU every spring and excelled in a tough workout program every summer, always with a great attitude and fun, competitive spirit.”

Day led the way in Thursday’s 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 victory, finishing with 10 kills and eight aces, while Thornburgh had five kills and three aces.

Renteria added 26 assists and four aces, while Weller had three kills and two blocks.

“We will miss the seniors next year, but are so happy that they got to have their senior volleyball season,” the head coach added. “Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!”

Abby Costello-Anderson also had a big say in the win as the Tigers improved to 5-1, finishing with eight kills and three aces, while Lily Rust-Kelley had 15 digs and an ace.

For Eureka (4-1), Sadie Hampton had a big night serving, finishing with nine points and six kills, while Cambelle Suchanek finished with 19 assists.

Mariah Napoleon also continued to impress, finishing with 10 digs, 14 service receptions and five kills.

Likewise with fellow sophomore Kira Morris, who had 14 service receptions and five kills.

In other H-DNL volleyball action on Thursday night, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders upset the odds against Fortuna, winning in five sets.

The Crusaders came form behind twice for the victory, winning 13-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 15-13.

Lele Tanuvasa had a team-best 22 kills and 10 blocks, while Maddie Shanahan finished with 14 Kills and six blocks.

Pule Fonoti added 41 assists, while Kodi Meyer had a big night serving.

For Fortuna, Kendall Stewart and Saige Grundman each finished with seven aces, while Renee Metz had a team-high 14 kills.

The H-DNL volleyball season concludes next week with three more rounds of games.

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