High school volleyball approaches season end
Quincy’s Angel Garrish tips the ball into Maxwell’s side of the court during the teams’ match-up Oct. 24. The two teams played each other twice that week with Maxwell winning both matches. Photo by James Wilson
Plumas County’s high school volleyball teams are approaching the ends of their seasons. With only two weeks left in the regular season, teams are facing their biggest challenges.
Last week was filled with losses for Plumas teams. Of the eight matches played, only two were won by Plumas teams. Portola won its Oct. 24 match against Williams and Greenville beat Loyalton on the same day. Greenville lost its match to Westwood two days before, however. Quincy lost two to Maxwell and Chester lost to Los Molinos, Westwood and Mercy in three games apiece.
Portola’s match against Williams, its only match of the week, was won in three games. Kaitlyn Bates was 100 percent accurate with her kills and Emily Mitchell was outstanding at passing. Portola’s overall record climbed to 12-20 with a winning league record of 5-1.
“We’re looking good in league right now,” said Portola’s coach, Karen Kibble. “We have to play our two strongest teams, Maxwell and Quincy, in the next couple weeks, though.”
The Indians lost pretty hard to Westwood on Oct. 22. Westwood took Greenville down in three games: 25-19, 25-11 and 25-14. The loss against Westwood was Greenville’s first loss in league play.
Greenville made up for it two days later in Loyalton. Greenville took down Loyalton in three games by at least nine points per game.
“We handled (Loyalton) pretty well, though we still played a bit flat,” said Greenville’s coach, Dan Brown. “We’re capable of playing a lot better and we have a couple good matches coming up that will hopefully help us improve before playoffs.”
Greenville’s loss to Westwood drops it to the second spot in the Pioneer-Mountain League. Greenville’s league record is now 5-1 and 7-13 overall.
The Trojans traveled to Maxwell last Tuesday, and hosted the Panthers two days later. Maxwell, with a 14-1 overall record and 6-0 league record, took Quincy down in three games each match. The losses put Quincy in a bad position for playoffs with a 3-3 league record and 12-14 overall.
“I thought we played with more focus and energy on Thursday,” commented Quincy’s coach, Chad Hyink. “Unfortunately, Maxwell stepped up its game as well and showed why they are undefeated in league.”
Quincy had multiple unforced errors at the start of all its games, giving Maxwell early leads. By the time Quincy started playing to its potential, the Trojans were too far behind.
“We need to focus more on making the smart plays in game situations and continue to try to reduce our unforced errors if we are going to improve the number in our win column,” continued Hyink.
Chester packed in three matches, back to back to back, last week and lost them all in three games. The losses drop Chester’s overall record to 0-21 and its league record to 0-8.
Chester started its week against Los Molinos on Oct. 22. Los Molinos won 25-7, 25-11 and 25-13. The next day Chester once again fell in three sets to Westwood. The day after that Chester lost a closer match to Mercy. In the second set, Chester lost by only four points.
Chester played Greenville on Oct. 28 and Redding Christian the next day. A report on the games will be in next week’s Sports and Recreation section.