Falcons top Bruins in epic five-game PVL match

By: Mike Ray
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LAKE OF THE PINES– Advantage Colfax.


That was the storyline Wednesday night as Colfax’s girls volleyball team used a huge comeback to rally past host Bear River in the first of what is expected by many to be two pivotal showdowns for Pioneer Valley League supremacy this season.


“It wasn’t looking too good there for a while,” said Colfax coach Haley Biles, whose Lady Falcons rallied for a thrilling five-set, 22-25, 25-27, 25-19, 25-20, 19-17, win over the home-standing Bruins.


Bear River coach Matt MacDonald echoed Biles’ sentiments on the match.


“It was an epic match,” said MacDonald. “It was a match between two good teams. Truly pleased with the effort our girls played with.”


For Colfax, Biles noted that some adjustments the Falcons made to combat Bear River kill leader Callie Bickmore paid dividends.


“We finally started blocking a lot better,” said Biles. “We were able to slow her down a bit.”

The Falcons received a sterling all-around showing from senior Halle Neumann, who has committed to play next season at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon, led the Falcons with 16 kills. Neumann also found time to come up with nine digs and 19 assists.


Also playing well for the Falcons were Grace Bliss with 12 kills, Keegan O’Sullivan with 10 and Jacy Dean with nine. Hailee Murick and Sara Detwiler both added seven digs apiece while Nellie Balk led in the assist department with 22.


Bickmore was stellar for the Bruins as she racked up 26 kills on the evening. Angela Thornbury, a transfer from Hawaii, was also solid with 13 kills. Caitlin McLaughlin ran the Bear River offense and netted 51 assists. Julie Bristol had three aces.


“It was great high-energy match,” said MacDonald. “Both teams got better from it.”


In the JV match, Colfax fashioned a 25-22, 25-15 win while the Falcon frosh made it a clean sweep with a 25-17, 25-13 win.


In other matches this week:



Oak Ridge 3, Del Oro 2


In another nail-biting, five-set match, the Trojans rallied past visiting Del Oro Tuesday night for a 25-23, 27-29, 19-25, 25-22, 15-11 win over the visiting Lady Eagles.  


The Trojans improved to 2-0 in the Sierra Foothill League with the win while Del Oro slipped to 0-2. Del Oro, 8-7 overall, plays at Folsom Tuesday.



Forest Lake Christian 3, Encina 0


Lily Sween’s nine kills led a balanced attack as the Falcons posted the 25-16, 25-19, 25-14 sweep over the Bulldogs. The victory improved the Falcons’ record to 4-1 in Central Valley California League matches.


Katie Lowry, Sonja Sween, Taylor Dunn and Breezy Adams all scored three kills each for the Falcons, who play at Foresthill Tuesday.



Foresthill takes two matches this week


The Foresthill girls volleyball team took two matches this week, defeating Sacramento Waldorf Tuesday in three, 25-8, 25-21, 25-13, as Anna Kampp led the way with six kills and 11 assists. Petra Whittle and Cassie Ralston chipped in five kills and Abby Nichols three with 11 assists. Whittle also had six aces.


Thursday night, the Wildfires swept another match against Delta, 25-16, 25-11, 25-7, to put Foresthill at 5-3 on the season and more importantly, 3-1 in Sacramento Metro Athletic League play. Whittle led the way with 14 kills with seven aces. Kampp dished out 17 assists and served up eight straight aces to close out the third set.





Colfax 266, Marysville 310

Playing without two seniors who were sidelined by illness, Colfax's girls golf team added two freshmen to its lineup in the win over Marysville at Peach Tree Country Club Tuesday afternoon. Leading the triumph was Jordan Rooker with a 41. Following for the Falcons were Roxanne Reynolds, 51; Annah Sutherland, 56; Lauren Conway, 56; Megan Towne, 62, and Amy Groth 60.  


Bear River 200, Center 301

Continuing their fine season play, the Bruins fashioned another low round at Lake of the Pines. Pacing the win was Hannah Prosser, who fired an even-par round of 35. Other scores for the Bruins included Corina Shaw, 39; Dominique Peter, 41; Kalei Owen, 42, and Julia Picente, 43.   




Placer Tennis bounces back

The Placer girls tennis team rebounded from a loss to Nevada Union earlier this week with a 9-0 victory over Rio Linda. The victorious Hillmen were Emily Osborne and Cassandra Rhoades, each winning 6-1, 6-0, Cayenne Gularte, 6-3, 6-0, Megan Clifton, 6-2, 6-4, Macy Maddox, 6-1, 6-3, and Talia Heath, 6-1, 6-1.

The Placer doubles wins came from Hailey Mendonsa and Sophie Cohen, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 1,

Nora Tanovic and Lily McCormick, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 2 and Hailey Hocking and Claire Hanson, who won by default.

Placer plays Oakmont Tuesday.