Siskiyous scores two big net wins

Steve Gerace
The College of the Siskiyous Eagles celebrate a point during their win over Shasta College Nov. 6, 2009 in Weed

The College of the Siskiyous volleyball team reversed two earlier conference losses and got itself back into postseason contention with home wins over Feather River on Nov. 4 (25-23, 25-18, 25-18) and Shasta on Nov. 6.

The Shasta match went the distance and ended when Etna High School graduate Charmain Mortenson made a one-handed block for the final point and a 15-13 win in game five.

Both Feather River and Shasta were ranked in the state’s top 25 and both defeated the Eagles in the first round of GVC play.

Siskiyous improved its record to 4-3 in the Golden Valley Conference and 17-9 overall.

Coach Tom Powers said both matches were “must wins” for the Eagles, who must continue to win to guarantee themselves a playoff spot.

They host Lassen tonight and finish the season at conference-leading Butte on Thursday.

They can also get in with a loss if Shasta beats Feather River.

Many of this year's GVC teams are evenly matched, and the Eagles may be playing better than all the others going into the final week.

"They might have been a point a two better at the start," Powers said of Feather River and Shasta, "but we're playing the best we have all year."

Powers said up and down their lineup the Eagles are "all doing what they're supposed to and playing well."

Cora Hall sets for Michelle Hoehn Nov. 6, 2009 in Weed, where host College of the Siskiyous defeated Shasta College, 3-2.