After a quarterfinal sweep at home against Trinity, the Bears are playing for a spot in Saturday's NSCIF Division 5 championship match.
Hosting a postseason volleyball match for the first time, Mount Shasta High School had little trouble scoring a 3-0 victory over Trinity Tuesday night, 25-16, 25-19, 25-18.
The Shasta Cascade League champion Bears, seeded No. 3 for the playoffs, improved to 24-8 and advanced to tonight’s Northern Section Division 5 semifinal at No. 2 Hamilton (20-9).
Mount Shasta opened its 2015 season with a 3-2 loss at Hamilton Sept. 3, but coach Greta Jones said the Bears were a different team then.
They played that first match without setter Mary Taylor and without middle blocker Karolina Krupacrova. Jones also noted that Kacey Cain (middle hitter) and Samantha Benedict (outside hitter) were both playing new positions.
Tonight’s winner will play for the section championship Saturday against either No. 1 Los Molinos (27-16) or No. 5 Durham (20-14) at 3 p.m. at Red Bluff High School.
“We match up almost perfectly,” Jones of facing Hamilton. “I think we have a good shot.”
She pointed out that this year’s Bears team isn’t as excitable as last year’s, but they have plenty of heart.
All four of Tuesday’s quarterfinal matches were sweeps, including Durham’s win on the road at No. 4 Quincy.
Hamilton defeated No. 7 Portola and Los Molinos defeated No. 8 Etna.
No. 11 Trinity, the highest seed to reach the quarterfinals, lost to league foe Mount Shasta for the fourth time in four tries this season.
For the Bears:
Kaycee Sarti had 11 kills, 4 digs, and an ace.
Krupacrova had 10 kills and 4 blocks.
Cain had 20 digs, 4 kills, 3 aces, 2 assists, and a block.
Carlie Dunlap had 14 digs, 4 kills, and an assist.
Sydney Cross had 8 assists and a dig.
Samantha Benedict had 3 digs, an assist and a block.
Mary Taylor had 7 assists, and Taylor Pearson had 2 digs.
Quincie Cross, a sophomore libero who moved up from the league champion JV team for the playoffs, had 5 digs.