Chester’s Ashley Clarke gets ready to spike the ball while Greenville’s Trinity Lincoln, No. 5, and Marissa Willits, No. 2, prepare to block it during the two teams’ match Oct. 2 in Chester. The match was pretty even the entire way through, but Greenville notched out a win in the fifth set. Photo by Tony Cordero
Last week was a good week for most high school volleyball teams in Plumas County, with three teams improving their records significantly.
Greenville got its first two wins of the season, against Elk Creek and Chester. Portola took down Loyalton and Williams and Quincy beat Champion Christian and Oroville. Chester was the only team without wins, with losses to Greenville, Mercy and Redding Christian.
Greenville started its season a little rough with 12 straight losses. The team mainly played in tournaments or faced larger teams. The losing streak came to an end Oct. 1, however.
The Indians hosted Elk Creek and dominated the match to win in three games. Autumn Brown ruled the court in serving with 10 aces. Kashira Deal contributed to the team’s defense by receiving nine serves.
Greenville’s game against Chester was harder-fought. The Indians eventually prevailed in the fifth set. Chester fought back to win the second and third games, but Greenville got back on track to prevail. Trinity Lincoln got 14 kills to lead the Indians’ offense.
The Tigers are officially back on track now. After a slew of losses at multiple tournaments, Portola won both its games last week, including its first league game of the season.
“We’re now facing more level competition,” explained Portola’s coach, Karen Kibble. “We have the talent and skills we need to win, and we should do great during league play.”
The Tigers started their week in Loyalton on Oct. 1 with a quick win in three games. Serving is what won the game for Portola, with an error rate of only 2 percent. Abby Folchi was on a roll with 13 serves in a row in the first set, and 11 in a row in the second set.
Two days later, Portola hosted Williams and managed a win in the fourth set. Alli Ramelli proved how powerful her strike can be, hitting balls that reverberated through the gym. Alicia Silvia was on top of her game, serving eight in a row.
Quincy boosted its record up to 9-11 last week by taking down Champion Christian in a three-set match and Oroville in a tough five-set battle.
Visiting team Champion Christian didn’t stand a chance as Quincy took them to school all three games Oct. 1. The Trojans won the first two games 25-9, and the third 25-12.
Quincy’s Oct. 3 match against Oroville wasn’t nearly as easy. Oroville came out strong to win the first game 25-22.
“We started off the first game playing some solid ball, but then gave away too many points with unforced errors and missed serves in our first game,” said Quincy’s coach, Chad Hyink.
Quincy came back to win the next two games 25-20 and 25-14. Just as they thought they had it, the Trojans were taken down in the fourth game 25-20. Quincy quickly obtained a seven-point lead in the final game, which they secured to win 15-8.
“We found our consistency and worked well as a team in the second and third games,” continued Hyink. “I think we kind of let up in the fourth game thinking the match was in hand. Our kids stepped up in the decisive fifth game with some solid serving and hitting.”
Chester has had some problems getting into the swing of things this season, but based on its match against Greenville the team is improving.
Prior to Chester’s match against Greenville, the Volcanoes lost 13 matches in a row. Of those 13 matches, Chester only won two sets. Chester’s two sets won against Greenville and narrow defeat in the other sets show that Chester has improved quite a bit.
Chester also lost a home match to Mercy in three games Oct. 1 and an away match to Redding Christian in three games Oct. 3 last week.