Bear spikers open league with split

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Amanda Amesbury and Hollie Acord go up for the block against Trinity

Mount Shasta High volleyball split two league games last week with a win over the Modoc Braves; 25-18, 25-16, 24-26 and 25-19, and a loss in their home opener against the Trinity Wolves; 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 19-25 and 10-15.

Both Mount Shasta and Trinity wouldn’t give up, giving the people in attendance an exciting game. Each team made strong comebacks to close the gaps, especially Trinity. 

There could be a little rust still for the Bears, being only their third competitive game in three weeks. Head coach Greta Jones said the ladies were looking tired late in the match which caused some communication problems.      

“I thought we did a great job and had great games,” Jones said after the game. 

In game one, the Bears built a 19-9 advantage. Aces and kills by the Wolves brought them back to 22-24 game, but the Bears ended the game off a Amanda Amesbury kill.

Game two saw the Bears take a 20-14 lead late in the game. Both teams made mistakes, but the Bears lead gave them enough of a gap for the win.

Mount Shasta’s luck ran out over the next three games. Game three started out close with neither team getting a distinct advantage.

“We lost out focus in game three,” Jones said. 

The Wolves took advantage of mistakes and played solid defense to take a 20-10 lead over their opponents.  Kendra Woodglass helped her team make a run by having two kills, a tip and several key digs to keep the ball alive. 

The game ended with Mount Shasta missing a kill and a Trinity ace. 

Woodglass was a key player for Mount Shasta.  According to Jones, she is a player the other girls rely on.  Her goal is get her players to play without her.

Both teams started the game ready to play. Trinity was killing the ball left and right, five in the game, making it hard for the defense to get digs.        

The largest lead came late in the game when the Wolves were up 20-15. The Bears closed the gap but a missed kill and serve cost them the game. 

The Bears took a two point lead in game five. Mount Shasta couldn’t get their offense going but were kept in the game by Trinity mistakes.  Only two points came off offense plays, and ace by Taylor Hansen and a kill by Kayla Emerson.  Trinity had an ace to finish the game and match. 

Against Modoc, the Bears played consistently, served well and passed the ball to set up many point.  Dayna Vogt served 20 points for the Bears.

“They worked together like a machine,” Jones said.

Game three was the only real trouble the Bears had with Braves.  According to Jones, the team loss focus and couldn’t close out the game when it was tied 24-24.  The team made some mistakes on serving and unforced errors that Modoc took advantage of.

Jeana Michels and Amesbury both had eight kills in the game.

The Bears continue league play this week when they tarvel to Burney and play Etna in The Den.