BIG 5 VOLLEYBALL — Warriors win again; league seniors recognized

Submitted photo – The Arcata seniors

Several seniors around the league were recognized on the final night of the regular season in Big 5 volleyball on Tuesday.

At Arcata High, the Tigers honored their six seniors — Sydney Hasselquist, Olivia Railsback, Lila Wolf, Lily Rust-Kelley, Caroline Dieker and Taylor Appy — before defeating Eureka in straight sets, 25-10, 25-16, 25-19.

Hasselquist, who was the Big 5 MVP as a junior, finished her final regular season game with 12 kills for 16 attempts.

Teammate Audrey Dart also had a big night and finished with seven kills, while Railsback added 15 service points and two aces.

Wolf also had 10 digs in the win.

The Loggers held their senior night last week, when they honored their eight senior players — Bridgette Dunn, Sierra Mendoza, Pule Fonoti, Aniah Gaither, Maeghan Hampton, Mariah Napoleon, Josie Montana and Tehya Tuttle.

“It has been a pleasure coaching this group,” Eureka head coach Stephanie Napoleon said. “I will really miss the eight seniors, since we have been together for four years.”

The head coach admitted Tuesday’s game was not the way they wanted to close out the season, although the Loggers are hoping to earn an NCS playoff spot.

Mariah Napoleon led the Loggers with nine kills in the loss, while Dunn added six kills and one block and Isis Poteet had four kills.

Pule Fonoti also had eight assists.

“This has been a real special team to coach,” the head coach said.

File photo – The Del Norte Warriors closed out league play with a record of 8-0.

The Del Norte Warriors, meanwhile, capped an undefeated run through league play with a four-sets win over Fortuna in Crescent City, also on Tuesday.

The league champs won 25-22, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19.

Junior McKenna Curtis enjoyed an outstanding league campaign and had a game-high 22 kills in the win, as well as an ace.

Teammate Lauren Stutes added seven kills, two blocks for kills and six aces, while Reece White had four kills, a block, a block for a kill and two aces.

Bliss Blackburn also had good night and finished with four kills and an ace, Lili Nunez had 35 assists and three kills, and Breann Winingham had two kills and a block for a kill. 

Before the game, the Warriors honored their two seniors, Lily Wilson and Sheena Xiong.

The Fortuna JVs won their matchup in three sets.

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