Warrior Volleyball

2019 Schedule
August
24 at Yreka Tournament (Varsity and Junior Varsity)

29 at Hidden Valley Jamboree (Varsity and Junior Varsity)
September
3 at Gold Beach (JV 5:15, Varsity 6:45)

5 vs. St Bernard’s (JV 5:30, Varsity 6:30)

10 at Brookings-Harbor (JV 5:00, Varsity 6:30)

13-14 at Red Bluff Tournament (Varsity Only)

17 vs. Brookings-Harbor (JV 5:30, Varsity, 6:30)

19 at McKinleyville (JV 5:30, Varsity, 6:30)

21 at Brookings Harbor (Junior Varsity Only)

21 at North Medford (Varsity Only)

23 at St Bernard’s (JV 5:30, Varsity, 6:30)

26 vs. Eureka, (JV 5:30, Varsity 6:30)

28 at Hidden Valley (Junior Varsity Only)
October
1 at Fortuna (JV 5:30, Varsity 6:30)

3 at Arcata (JV 5:30, Varsity 6:30)

5 at Arcata (Junior Varsity Only)

8 vs. McKinleyville, (JV 5:30, Varsity 6:30)

15 at Eureka (JV 5:30, Varsity 6:30)

17 vs. Fortuna (JV 5:30, Varsity 6:30)

19 at Marshfield (Varsity Only)

22 vs. Arcata, (JV 5:30, Varsity 6:30)

August 24

The Del Norte varsity volleyball team had mixed results both literally and figuratively as the Warriors opened their 2019 at the Miner Blast Tournament hosted by Yreka High School Saturday.  The Warriors got some quick momentum early in the day, defeating both Trinity High School and Mercy High School before losing to host Yreka and thus finishing 2-1 in pool play.

The Warriors then built on their momentum from pool play, defeating Mount Shasta High School to open bracket play.  The Warriors then found themselves matched up with an all too familiar opponent, as Del Norte faced Big Five Conference rival Arcata.  Although the Tigers defeated the Warriors in two straight sets, the Warriors still had something to play for, as they once again faced off against the host Yreka Miners in what would be the third-place match.  The Warriors dropped a three-set match to the Miners, ending their day with a 3-3 overall record.

Del Norte returns to action Thursday when they travel to Grants Pass to participate in the Hidden Valley Jamboree.

September 5

After sweeping the Gold Beach Panthers in a non-conference match at Gold Beach High School just two days earlier, the Del Norte Warriors returned to the court Thursday, playing host to the St Bernard’s Crusaders in what was the Warriors first home match of the 2019 season.  Despite getting off to a slow start, the Warriors ultimately came away with an 18-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-15 victory at Thunen Gymnasium.

The opening set was a struggle to find itself for the home team, while the visiting Crusaders took full advantage of a number of service and offensive errors from the Warriors.  With the set knotted at 8-8, the Crusaders went on a 14-5 run to all but put the set out of reach.  Caroline Hamm had two service aces and Renni Loftin added one of her own in the set.

The second set was much the same, as the Warriors continued to have issues getting anything going, thus allowing the Crusaders to hang around.  The Crusaders did much more than hang around until, with the set tied at 12-12, this time it was the Warriors that went on what proved to be a decisive scoring run in the mid to late stages of the set, capitalizing on Crusader mistakes and turning those miscues into transition offense.  Hamm had three service aces and Caleh King contributed two kills in the second stanza, as the Warriors were able to tie things up at a set apiece.

The third set is where the home team began to find itself, as three service aces apiece from Loftin and Josephine Heuberger, sandwiched around five kills from Hamm and two blocks from King enabled the Warriors to take a commanding 17-1 lead and appearing to capture momentum in the match for the first time all evening.  However, the Crusaders had an answer of their own, scoring six consecutive points to cut the Warrior lead to 18-9 and forcing a home team timeout.  Following the stoppage, two Sarah Peters kills helped the Warriors retake control, and as Heuberger put an end to the set with consecutive aces, giving the Warriors a two sets to one advantage.

Finally being able to collectively exhale, the Warriors maintained control of things throughout the fourth and final set, as Hamm took control of things from behind the service line as well as at the net.  Hamm ended her evening with a match-high 17 kills, while Peters added 11 of her own.  King also contributed four kills and three blocks in the match, as the Warriors improved to 5-3 on the still young season.

September 13
After dropping a four-set match at Brookings-Harbor just three days earlier, the Del Norte varsity volleyball team traveled to Red Bluff for a one-day tournament Friday on, of all days, Friday the 13th. The Warriors dropped three of their four matches played on the day, falling in straight sets to Foothill of Palo Cedro, Durham and Middletown before salvaging the afternoon with a straight set victory over Loyalton. The Warriors are now 6-7 on the season, and will return to the court Tuesday when they play host to the Brookings-Harbor Bruins at Thunen Gymnasium.

September 17
The Del Norte varsity volleyball continues to fall on hard times in the early going of the 2019 season, as the Warriors returned to Thunen Gymnasium for just the second time and came out on the short end of a 25-19, 26-24, 25-20 outcome at the hands of the Brookings-Harbor Bruins Tuesday evening.
The Warriors were able to generate very little momentum from the opening point of the opening set until the final point of the decisive third set, some of which was due to what were doing, but most was due to what the Warriors were unable to do on their own side of the net. The Warriors committed nine service errors in the opening set alone, and trailed by as many as nine before a mini-rally in the mid to late stages of the set kept things from getting completely out of hand. Caroline Hamm had three kills and a service ace in the opening set, with Sarah Peters adding a kill of her own as the Warriors cut what had been a 13-4 deficit down to 21-19, temporarily giving the home team sideline and partisan crowd something to cheer about. However, that spark would be short-lived, as the Bruins answered with four consecutive points to close out the set.
The second set was easily the most competitive of the match, as the Warriors began the frame on a 7-2 run before the Bruins responded with an 8-3 run of their own to knot things at 10-10. The two sides would match one another point for point through a majority of the set, with the combination of Hamm and Peters providing most of the offense for the home team. Hamm finished the match with a team-high nine kills, while Peters added seven, but the Warriors couldn’t seem to find a way to get over the proverbial hump, as the Bruins capitalized on an attack error from the home team on set point, enabling the Bruins to take a two set lead.
The decisive third set was anything but decisive, as neither side was able to establish any semblance of momentum. With the set deadlocked at 18-18, it was the Bruins who provided the final surge, scoring seven of the final nine points of the match to close out the three-set sweep.
The Warriors (6-8 overall) now travel to McKinleyville Thursday where they will open Big Five Conference play against the Panthers at McKinleyville High School.

September 19
The Del Norte varsity volleyball team opened Big Five Conference play with a 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-15 loss to the McKinleyville Panthers at McKinleyville High School Thursday evening in a match highlighted by numerous extended rallies throughout the four sets. Caroline Hamm led the Warriors offensively with a team-high 16 kills, while Sarah Peters added 14 kills of her own. The Warriors hit the road again Saturday when they head to Medford for the North Medford Tournament. Matches begin at 9 a.m.

September 21
The Del Norte varsity volleyball team stepped away from conference play Saturday, heading north to participate in the one-day North Medford Tournament hosted by North Medford High School. The Warriors dropped their three matches in succession, falling to Crater, Crook County and West Salem all in two straight sets in the best-of-three set format. The Warriors (6-12 overall, 0-1 in Big Five Conference) return to the court Monday when they travel to Eureka to take on the St Bernard’s Crusaders in a non-conference match. The Warriors will resume conference play Thursday, September 26 when they play host to the Eureka Loggers at Thunen Gymnasium.