VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP — Huskies keep rolling at McKinleyville

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – The Fortuna girls get set for Thursday night’s match at McKinleyville.

The Fortuna Huskies improved to 3-0 in Big 5 volleyball with a four sets victory at McKinleyville on Thursday night, as they continue to set the pace in conference play.

Junior Kylee Fennell had a big night in the win, as the Huskies overcame a second-set scare to secure the victory by taking the third and fourth sets.

“We made a few mistakes in that second set, but overall they did very well,” Fortuna head coach Rob Hayes said of his players. “We just needed to make some adjustments with our coverage, and they made the adjustments and went out and dug out two more sets.”

Fennell, according to her coach, had a “really outstanding night” and finished with 10 kills, 13 digs and three aces.

Likewise with sophomore Grace Scilacci, who had seven kills, seven aces and 11 digs and continues to play a big role for the team this season.

Senior setter Maddie Rustin had a good night for the Panthers, finishing with 20 assists.

“She set really great tonight and made some great plays,” head coach Katherine Rifilato said.

Allie Egbert and Camryn Pinard each had five kills for McKinleyville, while Raina Ausburn had four kills and Haylee Howell 12 digs.

The Panthers will be back in action at the Brookings tournament on Saturday, before resuming conference play next Thursday at home to Eureka.

The Huskies will try to complete the first round of league play unbeaten when they travel to Del Norte on Tuesday.

The Fortuna JVs also won on Thursday, defeating the Panthers in three sets.

Warriors edge the Loggers in five

Del Norte had to dig deep to win at Eureka on Thursday, after the Loggers battled back to force a fifth set with a big win in the fourth.

The Warriors, however, took care of business in the deciding frame, winning the match 19-25, 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 15-6.

Mariah Napoleon was one of several Eureka players to impress, finishing with nine kills and a pancake.

Maeghan Hampton (eight kills) and Aniah Gaither (five kills and two blocks) each also impressed for the home team.

“I’m real proud of how scrappy they were tonight,” Eureka head coach Stephanie Napoleon said of her players. “They played with a lot of heart.”

Bridgette Dunn also impressed in the loss, finishing with a pair of blocks and a nice dig, while teammate Anisha Rechelluul continues to battle hard and had 18 assists and four aces.

No stats were available for the Warriors.

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