How the Yreka Lady Miners upset No. 3 seed Sutter in volleyball playoff contest

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News

The Yreka Lady Miners volleyball team knew they had the ability to make some noise in the Northern Section playoffs. 

The Yreka  Lady Miners volleyball team defeated Sutter in three sets on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.

They proved themselves in a big way Tuesday night as YHS, the No. 6 seed, went to No. 3 seed Sutter and earned a dominating three-set win in a first-round Division 3 match. YHS downed the Lady Huskies 25-16, 25-17, 25-15. 

What happened on the court?

We didn’t make many errors, and our communication on the court was really strong,” YHS head coach Jessany Munoz-Petricevic said.

She added that the squad did well serving and in its serve receives, which were key factors in winning. 

Yreka improved to 14-8 overall, while Sutter ended the year 17-16. 

Munoz-Petricevic said they stayed focused during practices, working on their fundamentals and discipline, as they knew they had a chance to win if they kept errors to a minimum. 

"The girls knew what they needed to do and came out and had fun. They played well against a strong team,” she said. 

After missing a few weeks due to injury, Munoz-Petricevic said that Julia Deleonled the team in kills.

She also said Natalie Grafton showed off her defensive skills as libero and was strong in serve receives.

What's next for the Lady Miners?

Yreka is now scheduled to face No. 2 seed West Valley at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in Cottonwood. 

West Valley, which downed No. 7 seed Lassen on Tuesday, faced Yreka three times this season, including twice in Northern Athletic League play, winning all three times. 

Munoz-Petricevic said the two teams are quite familiar with each other.

She was upbeat that if her squad continues to follow its practice plans and keep errors down, the players are going to shine on the court. 

“I think it will be a good matchup,” she said. 

Bill Choy covers sports and general news for the Siskiyou Daily News/Mount Shasta Herald/USA Today Network. Follow him on Twitter at@SDNBillChoy. Email Bill at bchoy@siskiyoudaily.com. Support local journalism by subscribing today.