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Magali Neilson, QHS No. 10, shoots into the air to block the Chester attempt by No. 11 Gianna Tantardino, at the net. QHS Shelby Nussle, No. 7, is ready for cover. Chester Faith Oswold is No. 10 in black, No. 20 is senior Rylee Rhoads. Photo submitted

Trojans and Volcanoes ignite on the court


By Mari Erin Roth

Staff Writer

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The Quincy and Chester girls made a real contest of their volleyball match Sept. 27 on the Volcano home court. The tight duel ended with the Trojans victorious over the Vols, 3- 2, but the game scores tell a better story. Game one was won by the visiting Trojans, 25-9. Game two went to Chester 25-21. Game three, 25-20 for Quincy, and game four was 25-22 for the home hosting Volcanoes. The tie-breaking duel ended 16-14 for QHS. “Tonight’s match with Chester was thrilling to watch!” said QHS head volleyball coach Rebekah Grammar. “Both teams came out with 100 percent effort. QHS is on a hot streak!”

The Chester team stats were in, so here they are: Junior Gianna Tantardino led the Vols with 12 kill shots. Senior Faith Oswold landed 6 kill shots, and seniors Ava Townsend and Rylee Rhoads both fired off 5 kills each. Sophomore Sarah Branch brought in a kill shot, also. Oswold aced three of her serves. Two was the magic number for most the serving Volcanoes; a pair of aces were delivered by Townsend, Tantardino, Branch, and Rhoads. Tandardino led defense with four blocked shots. Freshman Addison Nashlund and Townsend both contributed blocks. Townsend got in the most digs, five, with Tantardino getting two, and one each for Rhoads and Oswold. Branch handled the ball the most with 23 assists and 107 attempts. Top serve receivers for the Volcanoes were Oswold (6), Townsend (5), Tantardino (5),and Nashlund (2). Rhoads sent one QHS serve back to the Trojans.

Quincy stats were not posted but a few comments from QHS supporters include, “With only 7 players, the Quincy Trojans dug in their heels and refused to go away without a win,” said Tracy Weaver. “It appeared to some that the games were won on a particular side of the court, so on the 5thset the coin toss was done again. Usually teams pick serve over side, but not this game, Chester gave up serve for Q to have the side neither team had won on.”

More volleyball is on the horizon with half a dozen games remaining in the season. Quincy will host Redding this Tuesday, Oct. 4, on the Trojan court followed by a rivalry match with the Portola Tigers Thursday, Oct. 6. Both Quincy home games start at 6:30 p.m. Chester will host the Tigers Tuesday, Oct. 4, and bring in the Burney Raiders Thursday, Oct. 6. Both Chester home games this week start at 6 p.m. Two home games remain for Portola: Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. they will host Redding, and the final game of the season for the Tigers is a home game with Chester on Thursday, Oct. 20, starting at 6 p.m.

The Portola Tigers are 17-9 overall and 1-2 in the 5-Star League with 6 games remaining. One is a non-league contest with the Virginia City Muckers in Nevada Thursday, Oct. 13, and the others are conference games. Quincy sits at 12-14 overall and are 3-0 in the 5-Star League. Chester is 16-6 overall and 1-2 in the 5-Star League. The Greenville Indians are also playing this season, in the Pioneer League. They are 0-3 overall and 0-3 in their league. They have four games remaining, three are at home. Thursday, Oct. 6, they will be visited by the Princeton Eagles for a game at 5 p.m. The Indians will host the Loyalton Grizzlies Tuesday, Oct. 11, for another game to start at 5 p.m. They have an away game in Paradise Thursday, Oct. 13, and wrap the season with a home game with the Westwood Lumberjacks on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.


10/4       6 p.m.                   In Chester, Portola Tigers vs. the Volcanoes

                6:30 p.m.             In Quincy, Redding Lions vs. the Trojans

                5 p.m.                   In Greenville, Princeton Eagles vs. the Indians

10/6      6 p.m.                   In Chester, Burney Raiders vs. the Volcanoes

                6:30 p.m.             In Quincy, Portola Tigers vs. the Trojans

10/11     6:30 p.m.             In Portola, Redding Lions vs. the Tigers

                5 p.m.                   In Greenville, Loyalton Grizzlies vs. the Indians

5:30 p.m.             In Burney, Quincy Trojans vs. the Raiders

10/13     7:30 p.m.             In Quincy, Chester Volcanoes vs. the Trojans

                5:30 p.m.             In Virginia City, Portola Tigers vs. the Muckers

5 p.m.                   In Paradise, Greenville Indians vs. the Panthers

10/18     6 p.m.                   In Chester, Redding Lions vs. the Volcanoes

6:30 p.m.             In Burney, Portola Tigers vs. the Raiders

10/19     5:30 p.m.             In Quincy, Loyalton Grizzlies vs. the Trojans

10/20     6 p.m.                   In Portola, Chester Volcanoes vs. the Tigers

                5 p.m.                   In Greenville, Westwood Lumberjacks vs. the Indians

                6:30 p.m.             In Redding, Quincy Trojans vs. the Knights

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