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Chester Volcano Sophia Arredondo is first back on the court. Chancey Juska, no. 1, and no. 11 Faith Oswald follow. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

Volleyball teams hit their final aces

Chester Volcanoes

The girls of Chester High have proven they are tough as they wrapped up the season playing the Los Molinos Bulldogs in Chester on Oct. 24. The Vols lost all of their eight Five Star League matches this season, but showed up ready to turn the tide for a win each game.

The Volcano 1-15 overall record shows the team has learned the hard lessons of perseverance and patience. Allison House took the helm for her first year as the Volcanoes varsity volleyball coach.

The one victory on the Volcano scoreboard was against the Westwood Lumberjacks and it’s a good story. The Volcanoes lost to the Lumberjacks four games into the season Sept. 5 by a score of 3-1. The Vols went on to play the Portola Tigers and Greenville Indians and then came back and beat the Westwood Lumberjacks 3-1.

The team has just two seniors on the roster, Bailey Redican and Kassi Nine-Squire. Chester folded their girls soccer team this year and some of the players appeared on the volleyball court, like Nine-Squire who served as the CHS goalie two years. She also plays basketball and softball so CHS fans will see more of her. Redican is also multi-talented and has played on the Volcano softball and basketball teams also. Hopefully both of these girls will finish off their high school athletics in high form after this character-building season of volleyball.

Chancey Juska, Savannah Quinn and Jordan Smith are juniors on the team and can return to lead the volleyball team next year. All are multi-sport athletes to be watched through winter and spring.

Two sophomores have been Volcano volleyball team members, Tory Utterback and Chloe Wiseman. Utterback, so far, has only tried volleyball in high school and Wiseman will be seen on the softball diamond this spring.

Freshmen are a majority on the team. Sierra Osorio, Ava Townsend, Faith Oswald, Tisa Jansen and Sophia Arredondo all stepped onto the court new to high school sports. They are the solid core of the seasoned team that Chester can build over the next four years.

Portola Tigers

The girls of Portola are having a terrific season with an overall record of 19-8 and an impressive 7-2 in league. This is quite a feat considering the Tigers’ roster has only eight names on it. Two seniors, Emily Sheridan and Margaret Conseco, lead six juniors on the team. For some of the players, Justine Rapacillo, Abby Klemensrud and Conseco, volleyball is their main sport. The other five players also play basketball, softball or both in the cases of Sophie Ward and Micaela Coronado.

The only two league losses for the Tigers were against their neighboring rivals, the Quincy Trojans, and the forever tough, Maxwell Panthers. Those two teams hold the first and second spots in the league, but Portola is tied with Maxwell and who knows what will happen in playoffs. Doing a great job taking the helm for the first year is head coach Caitlyn Chan.

Quincy Trojans

The QHS girls also have a tight roster of just eight players. Seniors Rachel Abramson, Chyanne Morrison, Savanna Gay and Jordan DeMartile lead the Trojans. The four athletes have been playing sports together a long, long time. DeMartile, Gay and Morrison also play softball together. There are no juniors on the team, so unless some step up, these sophomores will lead the team next year: Vivian Paige, Emmary Wingfield and Sarah Grant. One freshman fills the line up, Amia Coker.

Regardless of who is on the team, the winning combination seems to be working. The Trojans sit in first place in the Mountain Valley League with an 8-2 record. The two QHS losses? The other top teams, Portola and Maxwell. This season’s playoffs truly are predicted to be some of the best competitions of the year.

The Trojan overall record of 16-13 shows the method with which QHS coaches Michelle and Bill Abramson chose to train the team — tough. The first five challenges for the Trojans were losses to Colusa, Maria Carrillo, University Prep, Hamilton and Golden Sierra. Non-league competitors from Red Bluff, Las Plumas, North Tahoe, Burney and Redding beat those Trojans. The QHS team may have lost to Portola and Maxwell initially, on Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, but they came back to beat both teams later in the season, Oct. 15 and 17.

The Quincy girls finished the season in a nine-game winning streak Oct. 22 with their win over the Biggs Wolverines, 3-0. Let’s see how the line tracks this week in playoffs.

Greenville Indians

The smallest volleyball team in Plumas County is the GHS Indians. There are seven girls competing in the Pioneer Mountain League and they are well coached by returning head volleyball coach Dan Brown.

Overall the girls are 11-7 with a 6-2 record. They finished the season Oct. 24 with a victory over the Herlong Vikings and won their final three games in a row. It was their third three-game streak of the season.

Ashlyn Bustamante is the only senior on the team. She plays dynamically in basketball and softball as well as being a leader on the volleyball court. She actually played on the winning team in the first GHS Powderpuff competition last week.

One junior is on the team, Alexis Goodson, but with Alexis on the court, you really only need one. Goodson also plays all GHS sports including the newly added Powderpuff football.

Stella Balbiani, Ashlyn Heard and Chloe Copeland are the core of the sophomores on the team. They are all multi-sport athletes, all played in the Powderpuff game, and Balbiani adds rodeo to the pot.

Two freshmen make GHS the most balanced team in the county, Hallie Goodson and Morgan Tyler. They follow in firm footsteps.

Tune in next week to your Feather Publishing Sports section to read about the playoffs and how the Plumas teams did during those challenges.

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