The Mount Shasta High School volleyball team will be hosting league foe Trinity in Tuesday night's second round Northern Section Division 5 playoff game in the MSHS gymnasium.
The Mount Shasta High School volleyball team will be hosting a familiar foe in Tuesday night’s second round Northern Section Division 5 playoff game in the MSHS gymnasium.
Trinity, the No. 11 seed, won a first round match at No. 6 East Nicolaus, 3-1, to earn the right to play No. 3 Mount Shasta in the quarterfinals.
Tuesday’s match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
The Shasta Cascade League champion Bears defeated Trinity three times in three tries during the regular season, once at Fall River’s Emblem F Tournament and twice in league, including a 3-1 league-ending victory at Trinity Nov. 5, which was the last time the Bears played.
Mount Shasta swept Trinity, 3-0, when they played Oct. 13 in Mount Shasta, and the Bears swept the Wolves in the Emblem F tourney, 2-0.
The Bears went 11-1 on their way to winning a second consecutive league championship and third in the past four years. They’re 23-8 overall.
Trinity went 6-6 in league and is 10-12 overall.
Tuesday night’s winner will advance to the Division 5 semifinals to face either No. 2 Hamilton or No. 7 Portola Thursday night at the home of the higher seed.
In other quarterfinal matches scheduled for Tuesday, No. 8 Etna plays at No. 1 Los Molinos and No. 5 Durham plays at No. 4 Quincy.
The championship match is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. at Red Bluff High School.
Mount Shasta seniors Carlie Dunlap, Kaycee Sarti, Mary Taylor and Taylor Pearson finished their Shasta Cascade League volleyball careers with a 46-2 combined record, including two varsity and two JV league championships.
Last year’s varsity team was 12-0, and they played on JV teams that went 12-0 in 2012 and 11-1 in 2013.
Republic of Czech foreign exchange student Karolina Krupacrova, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker, was voted the Bears’ 2015 team MVP.
“Her passion and talent and dedication to our team has earned her respect from teammates and coaches throughout the league,” according to coach Jones. “The kids love her. She is a natural athlete, has great form, and knows a lot about volleyball.”
Junior middle hitter Kacey Cain is first among SCL players with 195 kills throughout the overall season, while senior outside hitter Carlie Dunlap is fifth with 131.
Dunlap is second in digs with 287, and Cain is fifth with 224.
Mary Taylor is tied for third with 225 assists, and Krupacrova is fourth in total blocks with 45.