Both St. Bernard’s and Hoopa got the new Little 4 volleyball season off to a good start this week with a pair of wins each, setting up a key showdown at St. Bernard’s on Tuesday evening.
Lele Tanuvasa and Maddy Shanahan continued to lead the way for the Crusaders, who impressed against some of the Big 5 schools in the lead up to conference play and are expected to challenge once again for a Little 4 title.
The Warriors, who are led by an experienced and deep senior class, are expected to be the SB girls’ biggest challengers and the first week of action would suggest that will be the case.
Tanuvasa had 19 kills in the two wins this week, each of which came in straight sets.
Shanahan also had a big week, finishing with nine kills and four aces against Ferndale and following that with seven kills against South Fork.
Kodi Myer also has been impressing early on for the St. Bernard’s girls, and dished out 20 assists in each victory.
Rounding out a good all-around week for the team, Ella Jimenez had six aces against Ferndale.
With the two wins, the Crusaders are now 2-0 in the Little 4 and 5-7 overall, having beaten crosstown rivals Eureka twice and McKinleyville once.
For Hoopa, the senior class of Savannah Colegrove, Taylor Cole, Deja Coleman, Rosie Romero, Bethany Masten and Tannah O’Rourke has been key to the team’s early success.
“I’m extremely proud of my senior class, who is showing great leadership and doing all that I ask,” head coach Amber McCovey-Billings said.
After beating South Fork in three sets on Tuesday, the Warriors were missing two starters against Ferndale on Thursday, but got the win in five sets, digging deep after dropping the second and third sets.
The two games were the first of the season for Hoopa.
“A shoutout to all the girls for working hard and working through some adversity this week,” the coach said.
Tuesday’s game at St. Bernard’s is set for 6:30 p.m.