BIG 5 VOLLEYBALL — Tigers, Huskies win; Warriors top the Bruins

Submitted photo – The Arcata player celebrate their tournament championship at Brookings-Harbor over the weekend.

The Arcata Tigers won their second straight Big 5 match on Thursday night to keep pressure on league leaders Del Norte.

The Arcata girls won in straight sets at McKinleyville, 28-26, 25-15, 25-13.

Since dropping their Big 5 opener against Del Norte last week, the Tigers have won seven straight matches, including five on the way to taking the championship at the weekend Brookings-Harbor tournament.

On Tuesday, they defeated Fortuna in straight sets and followed that with their second league win on Thursday.

Quincy Collins continued to impress in the win and had six kills and three blocks, while teammate Maria Williamson had five aces and 15 service points.

Alexa Felix also had a good night and finished with four kills and 12 service points.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 2-1 in league and 16-4 overall.

McKinleyville dropped to 0-3 in league play.

The Arcata girls defeated Upper Lake, Fortuna, Brookings-Harbor, Eureka and Phoenix at the weekend tournament.

The Tigers also will host a JV tournament this weekend.

The Arcata varsity girls will have a bye in league play next Tuesday and will play a non-league game at Trinity on that night.

File photo – Alena Battle

Huskies top the Loggers

The Fortuna girls bounced back from a Tuesday night loss at Arcata to beat Eureka in four sets at Fortuna on Thursday night.

The Eureka girls took the opening set, but the Huskies rallied to win the next three sets to take the match.

With the win, the Huskies are now 1-1 in league play and tied with Eureka for third in the Big 5 standings.

Senior Isis Poteet led the way once again for the visitors with another energetic performance.

Poteet finished with eight kills and one block.

Freshman teammate Alena Battle also had a good night and continues to play beyond her years.

The young Battle had six kills and two blocks and looks set to be a force in the Big 5 for the next few years.

Her older sister Baylie, a junior, stepped up in the setter role and dished out 16 assists while also leading her team at the service line.

Another freshman, Tiarah Maualuga, added six kills for Eureka, while Samara Gaither and Sydney Waterman each also contributed four kills.

Eureka head coach Stephanie Napoleon praised the performance of the Fortuna players.

“Fortuna played great,” she said. “They were playing real aggressively and we just didn’t bring the same fire as them tonight.

“We showed spurts but it just wasn’t enough.”

Humboldt Sports reached out to the Fortuna coaches, but no stats or scoring details were immediately available for the team.

The Loggers are now 11-12.

Next up, Eureka hosts Del Norte on Tuesday.

File photo – Breann Winingham

Warriors continue to roll with non-league win

Breann Winingham is enjoying a big week on the volleyball court.

Two days after a career game in a Big 5 win over McKinleyville, Winingham again led her team in a non-league showdown at home against Brookings-Harbor.

The senior standout finished with a team-high nine kills as the Warriors won in straight sets, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17.

The victory was the Del Norte girls’ second over the Bruins this month and their sixth straight.

Del Norte is now 10-1 on the season and remains 2-0 in league play.

Reece White also continued to impress for the home team with seven kills, while Tsinte Steinruck had six kills.

Remarkably the dominating Warriors have not dropped a single set in their 10 wins this season, and their only loss came against Foothill, the No. 3 team in the Northern Section, according to MaxPreps.

Del Norte is the No. 4 team in the North Coast Section Division-4 rankings.

The Bruins dropped to 1-11.

Next up, the warriors return to league play at Eureka on Tuesday night.

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