VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP — Hoopa, Del Norte and Arcata win

Photo by Allie Hostler/Two Rivers Tribune – The Hoopa Warriors defeated Ferndale in five sets on Tuesday night.

Tuesday was another good night for the Warriors of two different schools on the volleyball courts, as well as the Arcata girls, who quickly bounced back from their league-opening loss.

On a busy night for the H-DNL, the Del Norte Warriors improved to 2-0 in the Big 5 with a 25-18, 25-7, 25-17 win at McKinleyville, while the Hoopa Warriors improved to 2-0 in the Little 4 with an exciting five-sets win at home to Ferndale.

Also in the Big 5, the Tigers improved to 1-1 after responding to last week’s loss at Del Norte with a 25-18, 26-24, 25-22 win against Fortuna.

Arcata’s Nora Talty had a huge night at the service line and finished with 20 aces to go with 18 assists, while Audrey Dart had a team-high 10 kills and Quincy Collins had eight kills.

Olivia Railsback added three aces and 11 assists, while Lily Rust-Kelley had 10 digs and Lila Wolf had eight digs.

The game was the Huskies’ league opener and came in the middle of their homecoming week.

“We just came out super flat,” head coach Rob Hayes said.

The Huskies will get an immediate chance to bounce back when they travel to play Eureka in their second league game on Wednesday night.

At McKinleyville, meanwhile, there was no letdown for the Del Norte Warriors after last week’s thrilling five-sets win over the Tigers.

McKenna Curtis continued to impress for the visitors and finished with a team-high 18 kills and nine digs.

Teammate Bliss Blackburn had a good all-around night and finished with six kills, four aces and eight digs.

Lili Nunez also was instrumental in the win with her 36 assists, while Khloe Smith added six digs.

“I’m proud of the girls for keeping their energy level up and playing our game of Del Norte volleyball,” head coach Meagan Curtis said.

Over in Hoopa, the Wildcats pushed the Warriors all the way in an exciting five-set match, with the home team winning 25-21, 17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 17-15.

Seniors Tatianna Colegrove and Nae-rew Martin continued to lead the way for Hoopa.

Colegrove finished with 12 kills, four aces, four blocks and four digs, while Martin had 20 assists and four aces, and was “all over the court,” according to head coach Amber McCovey-Billings.

Tashee Tracy added six kills, while Aati Tripp had six digs.

“It was a great team effort tonight as all 12 players saw time on the court,” the head coach said. “I was so proud of my girls for being tough and digging deep.”

McCovey-Billings also paid tribute to a large and enthusiastic student section that showed up for the game.

For Ferndale, returning league MVP Kyla Albee had a team-high 13 kills, while Saige Machado added five kills.

Jordan Soderman and Clara Albee both “did an amazing job setting up the ball,” according to assistant coach Terra Albee, while Macahdo and Rainy Rodriquez both had big nights at the service line.

With the loss, the Cats dropped to 0-2 in league play and are now 3-6 overall.

“Coach Jessi (Rose Grant) and I are so proud of the effort and resilience they showed,” Terra Albee said.

The Hoopa girls also won the JV match in two sets.

Albee praised the efforts of her young players and believes they have a bright future after starting league play 1-1.

“We are transitioning to the faster paced high school level volleyball and we have a lot of potential with this young team,” the coach said.


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