College of the Redwoods

Improving Redwoods women continue to build ahead of GVC play

College of the Redwoods Athletics – From left to right, Perla Ceballos, Abby Costello-Anderson and Zoe Zerlang.

A young and new-look College of the Redwoods volleyball team is continuing to come together on the court and showing some signs of improvement, as the Corsairs gets set for conference play early next month.

On Wednesday, the CR women lost on the road at Sacramento City College, falling in straight sets to a program ranked just outside the top 25 in the state, 25-14, 25-15, 28-26.

But head coach Petra Lorenzi was pleased with how her young roster, which features just one returning player from a year ago, closed out the game after another slow start.

“We’ve kind of been making that adjustment to what we need to do communication wise to play at the collegiate level, and in game three we finally put that together,” she said. “And for the first time I think we played the best as a team and we played at a collegiate speed and we played to our strengths. We dug balls.”

Perla Ceballos continued to impress defensively and set the tone for her teammates as the visitors pushed the high-flying Sac City women all the way in the final game.

“She’s dominating defensively on the court,” Lorenzi said. “I think she’s going to be one of the strongest liberos in conference.”

Arcata’s Abby Costello-Anderson also had a strong day offensively as she continues to adjust to the collegiate level.

“She kind of came out of a slump and showed what she can do on the court in game three,” the head coach said.

Fortuna’s Zoe Zerlang also did a “phenomenal job,” according to the coach.

The Corsairs are now 1-4 on the young season and will play a pair of games at Mendocino College on Saturday, against both Porterville and Los Medanos.

The CR women will play their home opener a week from Saturday, when they host both Napa Valley and Mendocino.

Sac City improved to 8-1.

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