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Dominating Warriors closing in on perfect Big 5 campaign

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The most dominating team in H-DNL sports right now is showing no signs of slowing down.

On Thursday night, the Del Norte Warriors continued to roll over the Big 5 opponents with another straight sets win on the volleyball court, beating Eureka in Crescent City by a score of 25-14, 25-10, 25-9.

The win lifts the Warriors to 6-0 in league play and guarantees them at least a share of the Big 5 championship.

They can clinch it outright with a win in either of their final two matches, both against Fortuna next week, or if Eureka beats the Arcata Tigers, who are 5-2 in league and the Warriors’ closest challengers this season.

Not too many people would bet against the Del Norte girls clinching the crown outright for a second straight year.

Through their opening six league matches, the impressive Warriors have yet to drop a set and feature a lineup of potential all-stars as good as any players in league.

Reigning Big 5 MVP McKenna Curtis is playing at an MVP level again this fall, as is teammate Lili Nunez, who could be the most talented all-around athlete in the H-DNL this year.

Both players continued to play a pivotal role for their team on Thursday, and they weren’t the only ones.

Curtis finished with a game-high 16 kills in the win and also had four digs and two blocks, while Nunez finished with 33 assists, five kills and a pair of blocks.

Bliss Blackburn also had a big all-around night and finished with seven kills, five digs, two aces and a block, while the ever-improving Lauren Stutes added seven digs, four aces and four blocks.

Breann Winingham has been one of her team’s most consistent performers all season and impressed again on Thursday, finishing with five kills and a pair of blocks, while Reece White had six digs, Tsinte Steinruck had two aces and Ava O’Reilley added three digs.

The Warriors will travel to play the Huskies in Fortuna on Tuesday night before hosting them on what is expected to be an emotional senior night in Crescent City on Thursday.

After that, the Del Norte girls will turn their attention toward the North Coast Section playoffs and possibly qualifying for the NorCal tournament.

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  1. I believe this is number 30 according to news report. I do not know what DN’s early History was before the 90s when I got involved with football. But back then it was Debbie and Pablo Lorenzi putting out championship teams nearly every year. Well into the 20s. Megan was a big part of the mid 90s team. Awesome to see the legacy continuing with the next generation, while not leaving behind the Lorenzis who still lend a hand. Go Warriors!

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