In front of a packed gymnasium for its first home game of the season, the Feather River College volleyball team defeated rival Butte College 3-1 in an important conference matchup last Friday, Oct. 7.
The Golden Eagles began outplaying Butte right away, as FRC took a 12-7 lead in game one, forcing Butte into their first timeout.
The Butte Roadrunners regained three points by the time the score was 22-20, but then FRC coach Sarah Ritchie called a timeout, and the Golden Eagles went on to win the first game, 25-21.
Butte jumped ahead 4-8 in game two, forcing FRC into a timeout. The Golden Eagles evened the score at 13-13 and continued to a 16-14 advantage, until Butte called a timeout. This allowed the Roadrunners to run the next five points and then work out to a 24-20 advantage.
Feather River survived three game points, bringing the score to 24-23, but Butte managed to get the final point they needed and win game two 25-23, bringing the match to a 1-1 tie.
In game three, FRC opened with a block, but then Butte ran seven straight points, prompting a timeout by the Golden Eagles.
With the score 10-3 in favor of Butte, FRC began scoring two points for every one point Butte was scoring, cutting their lead to four before Butte called a timeout at 13-9.
The break didn’t steal any of FRC’s momentum, as the Golden Eagles tied things at 16-16 and then ran the next four points to take a 20-16 lead.
Butte being Butte, the Roadrunners notched up the intensity once again and scored the next three points to cut Feather River’s lead to one.
The crowd noise in the gym became intense, as each point brought nearer the conclusion of a pivotal game three. Leading 24-23, FRC was able to score the final point and take the game, giving the Golden Eagles a 2-1 advantage.
Game four was also closely played, and the score was tied 15-15, until Feather River suddenly went on a 10-1 run to win 25-16 and end the match.
The national anthem was played by Johnny Walker on harmonica at the beginning of the match. The FRC volleyball team is 15-0 over the past four years when Walker has performed.
Feather River has its next home game this Friday, Oct. 14, against Lassen College, beginning at 6 p.m.