In what was a mixed bag in terms of results throughout the past week, the Del Norte girls’ tennis team picked up three victories in a four day stretch, improving to 5-0 on the season and remaining tied with the Arcata Tigers atop the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference standings. The Warriors eked out a hard-fought 5-4 victory over the McKinleyville Panthers on Saturday, September 15 to open the gauntlet, and followed that up with a 7-2 victory over North Coast Prep and a 7-0 win over the Eureka Loggers on consecutive days Monday and Tuesday.
The Warriors took full advantage of their depth up and down the ladder in squeaking out the victory over the Panthers, as the home team lost the first three singles matches played before winning the final three singles matches and two of the three doubles matches, to capture the team win. Emily Feeney, Lauren Galea and Liz Ward were all victorious in their singles matches against the Panthers, while the duo of Feeney and Aliyah Rafalowski, and the pairing of Galea and Ward both won their respective doubles matches.
Despite the overall margin of victory, Monday’s match against North Coast Prep was filled with plenty of drama, beginning with senior Jasmine Pearson who overcame a 4-1 deficit in the first set of her match in the No. 1 singles position to win six of the next seven games en route to a 7-5 win. Pearson then followed that up with a narrow 6-4 victory in the second set. Emily Feeney had an equally nail biting singles match, as the Warrior sophomore dropped her first set before rallying to win the next two sets with identical 6-4, 6-4 scores. Fellow sophomore Monique Camarena also escaped defeat in her singles match by the narrowest of margins, outlasting her opponent 8-7 in a pro-set scoring format.
Although the Warriors remain unblemished on the season, the squad is sure to face its toughest test Saturday when the Warriors travel to Arcata to take on the Tigers with sole possession of first place in the conference standings hanging in the balance. Matches are scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m.
After extending its overall winning streak to seven with a three-set victory over Fallon High School Friday evening to begin pool play at the Battle for the North State Tournament hosted by Anderson High School, the Del Norte varsity volleyball team found itself on a trip back down to Earth throughout the remainder of what was a short two-day tournament in terms of matches ultimately played.
The Warriors ended the first day of pool play with a three-set loss to Enterprise High School of Redding, as the Warriors dropped a 16-14 final set to the Hornets. The Warriors finished pool play with a straight set loss to the Yreka Miners, and had their tournament end with a straight set loss to the Shasta Wolves in the opening match of bracket play.
The Warriors had their losing streak extended to four matches Tuesday, after falling to the Eureka Loggers in straight sets by scores of 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 in what was the Warriors opening match of the Big Five Conference season. Del Norte will now hit the road to compete in a one-day tournament at Brookings-Harbor High School Saturday before returning home, and to conference play Tuesday September 25 when the Warriors will play host to the Arcata Tigers at Thunen Gymnasium.
The Del Norte boys’ varsity soccer team remained undefeated in Humboldt-Del Norte League play after battling the Eureka Loggers to a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoon at Eureka High School, and following that up with a 3-0 victory over the South Fork Cubs Wednesday evening at Del Norte High School. With this week’s results, the Warrior boys improved to 3-0-2 on the season.
The Warrior girls soccer team split its two matches during the week, falling to the defending North Coast Section runner-up Eureka Loggers by an 8-0 score at Eureka High on Saturday, September 15 before responding with a 3-1 victory over the South Fork Cubs in a match played at Del Norte High School Wednesday, September 19. Lanayea Botehlo notched her fifth goal of the season in the victory over the Cubs, while Jaden Rigden and Johanna Cajita each added goals of their own. The Warrior girls, now 2-3 on the season, will kick off action Saturday at Del Norte High School against the St Bernard’s Crusaders Saturday, with the match scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. to be followed by the boys’ match.
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