BIG 5 VOLLEYBALL — Panthers top the Huskies in straight sets

File photo – The McKinleyville Panthers defeated Fortuna in three sets on Tuesday night.

Three teams remain in the hunt for the Big 5 championship in volleyball, with two nights of matches still to come.

On Tuesday night, Del Norte defeated Eureka in three sets to pull within one win of first-placed Arcata in the standings, while the resurgent McKinleyville Panthers beat Fortuna in straight sets for their third win in four league matches.

Arcata, which had a bye on Tuesday, is 5-1 in the Big 5, with Del Norte 4-2 and Fortuna 4-3.

Allie Egbert led the way for the Panthers on Tuesday in a hard-fought 25-19, 27-25, 28-26 win that saw two of the sets go down to the wire.

Egbert, according to head coach Katherine Rifilato, “did amazing” and finished with seven kills and seven aces on 23 service attempts.

Fellow senior Maddie Rustin also had a good night at the service line with 21 attempts and a pair of aces.

Junior Camryn Pinard had six kills on 16 attempts and “was a powerhouse on the outside tonight,” Rifilato said.

Chloe Alves also had a big night, finishing with five kills and just one error on 14 attempts.

Maikaila Napoleon, meanwhile, led the way for the Loggers in Crescent City, finishing with 11 kills, while teammate Anisha Rechelluul continued to impress and had a team-best 12 assists.

Trinity Abercrombie also had a good night at the service line despite the loss.

The Big 5 continues on Thursday night, when Arcata travels to Eureka and Del Norte plays at Fortuna.

The schedule closes out next Tuesday, when Del Norte travels to Arcata for what could be a championship showdown, and Mack plays at Eureka.

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