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Wildfires set new season ablaze

Foresthill girls volleyball is off to a great start as the team looks to make a run at the playoffs
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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FORESTHILL — Coach Stacy Stroup knows her team has made major strides since last season. The Wildfires already have four wins after winning a total of six all last year.  Stroup may find out just how far the Wildfires have come on Thursday when they clash with Central Valley Christian League power Forest Lake Christian. “It will be interesting to see who they have and how we’ll do,” Stroup said. “We started conditioning early this summer and I think they’re ready. They’re hungry.” Valley Christian beat Foresthill in its season opener back in August, but the Wildfires have not dropped a set in victories over Sacramento Country Day, Encina and Faith Christian. Senior setter Danielle Weismann runs the offense, which returns several skilled players from last season, including fellow seniors Jessica Satterlee and Trysta Ferguson. Junior Anna Steever has good size and athleticism at middle hitter while junior Rylee Hackley gives Foresthill another strong presence at the net. Junior Caitlin McCann —- a standout catcher on the softball team —- will be a contributor at setter and on the right side. She’s a captain along with senior outside hitter Mariah Quintanilla and Weismann. “Mariah - I think she’s going to do some great things this year,” Stroup said. “She’s more driven and confident in her play this year. And Danielle (Weismann) is just solid. She doesn’t do anything fancy, but she’s constantly getting the job done.” Junior Kayla Sutton is a dangerous outside hitter for the Wildfires. Juniors Hannah Pierce and Cheyenne Duran are valuable in the back row and junior Rachel Roberts contributes at right side hitter. Foresthill is seeking its first playoff trip in five seasons of varsity volleyball and Stroup thinks this year’s team is ready to make the leap. “I’m really pleased with what I’ve seen so far,” said Stroup, who played volleyball at Sierra College and went on to play softball at Chico State. “Last year I had to get to know them and this year we’ve picked up from where we left off. It was the best season they’ve ever had last year and I expect even more this year. Foresthill is hoping to have a say in the Central Valley Christian League, which Vacaville Christian dominated last season, but has since departed in realignment. The league looks to be a tight race with Forest Lake Christian and Woodland Christian looming as early favorites. The Wildfires will get an early test against the Falcons on Thursday at Lake of the Pines.