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Co-Champs! Warriors win finale to share L4 title with Crusaders

File photo – The Hoopa Warriors

The Hoopa Warriors learned from the last time they played St. Bernard’s.

After dropping two earlier matchups against the Crusaders in Little 4 volleyball, the Warriors won when it mattered most, getting the better of their conference rivals in straight sets on Tuesday night to be crowned co-champs.

The Warriors won 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, leaving both teams with identical 7-2 records in the L4.

The Crusaders had already clinched at least a share of the championship heading into the big showdown, but the Warriors had to win to match them.

And they came out fired up for the occasion.

“The girls cleaned up all the mistakes we made against them in previous games,” said Hoopa head coach Amber McCovey-Billings, who added that her players “fought for every point and we kept it close enough in each game to come out on top.”

Savannah Ray was outstanding in the win and contributed all over the court, while Taylor Cole was a force at the net.

Tatianna Ray, Jewely Bibancos and Diamond Bibancos each also had a big night serving, as the team “served the best we have all season,” according to the coach

Tannah O’Rourke, Deja Coleman, Nalani Colegrove, Rosie Romero and Nae-rew Martin each contributed off the bench, keeping the game flowing and scoring vital points.

“I’m super proud of these young ladies and their fight tonight,” McCovey-Billings said.

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