VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP — Tigers win again on Pink Night

Submitted photo – Arcata’s Shia Sarchett and Quincy Collins and their teammates raised more than $1600 for the Arcata Breast and GYN Health Project on Pink Night at Arcata High on Thursday.

The Arcata Tigers are doing their best to keep pace with the league leaders in Big 5 volleyball.

Since dropping their league opener to Del Norte, the Tigers have now won three straight league matches to keep pressure on the high-flying Warriors.

On Thursday night, the Tigers defeated Eureka at Arcata, 25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 26-24, and improved to 3-1 in the Big 5.

The Del Norte girls, who had a bye in league on Thursday, are 3-0 in the Big 5.

Nora Talty finished with 31 assists and seven kills in the win, while teammate Quincy Collins added 10 kills and three blocks.

Audrey Dart and Melanie Luh each also made some noise in the win.

Dart had 10 kills and three aces, while Luh contributed seven kills.

The game was held on Pink Night and the Arcata players raised over $1600 for the Arcata Breast and GYN Health Project.

Isis Poteet continued to lead the way for the Loggers, who dropped to 1-3 in the Big 5.

Poteet finished with six kills and a pair of blocks, while freshman Tiarah Maualuga had six kills.

Samara Gaither added four kills and three blocks, while Alena Battle had four kills and Anisha Mae Rechelluul dished out 13 assists.

It was another tough loss for the Loggers, who have competed well in all three league defeats.

“It was heartbreaking to battle so well and just come up short,” head coach Stephanie Napoleon said.

File photo – The Arcata Tigers

The Warriors, meanwhile, continued to roll with a non-league win over Ferndale.

Del Norte won 25-9, 25-5, 25-14 and improved to 14-4.

Bliss Blackburn led a dominant Del Norte performance at the service line and finished with eight of the team’s 26 aces, while teammate Carlee Harper added six aces.

McKenna Curtis also was instrumental in the win and finished with a team-high nine kills, while Lauren Stutes added five kills and Breann Winingham, Reece White and Tsinte Steinruck had three each.

In the Little 5, league leaders St. Bernard’s remained unbeaten and improved to 3-0 with a straight sets win over Hoopa.

File photo – Isis Poteet

The Crusaders won 25-9, 25-10, 25-10.

Rihanna Fontenot finished with a game-high 13 kills in the win, while teammate Madelyn Shanahan added eight kills.

Sahara Tupua led SB at the service line and finished with seven aces, while Amaiyah Her had five aces.

Tupua also dished out a game-high 31 assists.

Junior Millennia McKindley had a pair of blocks and two kills to lead the Warriors.

The Crusaders are now 11-9 overall, while Hoopa dropped to 2-2 in league play and 3-7 overall.

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