VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP — Warriors, Crusaders go to 3-0 in league play

File photo – The Eureka girls fell to Del Norte win straight sets on Tuesday.

The Del Norte Warriors took over sole possession of top spot in the Big 5 with a straight-sets win over Eureka in Crescent City on Tuesday night.

The Del Norte girls won 25-9, 25-13, 25-16 and improved to 3-0 in league play while handing the Loggers their first league loss in three games.

“We played a well-rounded, well-prepared game,” Del Norte head coach Meagan Curtis said.

McKenna Curtis had another big night in the win, finishing with 15 kills and six digs, as did teammate Lili Nunez, who had 20 assists, five kills and five aces.

As a team, the league leaders had 12 aces.

Bliss Blackburn had three of them, as well as nine digs, while Breann Winingham added four kills.

Rounding out an impressive team performance, Reece White had five digs and two kills, and Lauren Stutes had a kill and three blocks for kills. 

“Del Norte is an excellent team, well coached and very disciplined,” Eureka head coach Stephanie Napoleon said. “We just had too many errors to make it even competitive.”

The Del Norte JVs also won in two games.

Next up, on Thursday the Warriors will play at Fortuna, while the Loggers will try to bounce back when they host Arcata.

Also in action on Tuesday, the St. Bernard’s girls improved to 3-0 in the Little 4 with a straight-sets win over South Fork, while Arcata defeated Trinity in a non-league game, also in three sets.

After a challenging preseason, the Crusaders have begun league play in perfect fashion and continued that on Tuesday as they get set for a key matchup at Hoopa on Thursday.

Madelyn Shanahan had a team-high 13 kills and teammate Kodi Meyer had 20 assists as the SB girls won 25-8, 25-18, 25-6.

Meyer, Nina Clayton, Marce Davila and Sahara Tupua each also finished with five service aces.

The Little 4 leaders are now 4-18 overall, as they prepare to take on the Warriors, who are 2-0 in league play.

Several players had big nights defensively for the Tigers, who won 25-23, 25-21, 25-15, including Lila Wolf, who made “several amazing defensive plays,” according to head coach Laurie Griffith.

Lily Rust-Kelley, Olivia Railsback and Taylor Appy each also played well defensively in the win, while Audrey Dart, Nora Talty and Sydney Hasselquist finished with six kills apiece.

The Tigers will return to league play at Eureka on Thursday.

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