Pierce falls to Willows in five sets
Just two days removed from a crucial win over the Sacramento Valley League-leading Colusa RedHawks, the Bears battled their way through five close sets against Willows, fell to the Honkers in Arbuckle on Thursday night.
Willows won the match by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 27-25, 25-26, and 15-8.
Callie Muniz and Halle Charter continued to provide the spark for the Bears’ offense, with 18 and 13 kills, respectively, in the match. Charter and Muniz each had a pair of blocks as well. Betsy Myers had a team-high 22 digs and 34 serve receptions, while Sierra Murphy had 25 serve receptions and led the Bears with 30 assists.
Pierce (18-10, 3-3 SVL) traveled to Winters (3-19, 0-5 SVL) last night, and hosts Live Oak (10-17, 1-5 SVL) in the final game of the regular season at 6 PM on Thursday.
Colusa 3, Marysville 0 – Colusa took a break from Sacramento Valley League play and headed to Marysville to play the Indians on Thursday evening, and cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Colusa won the match by scores of 25-16, 25-13, and 25-12.
The RedHawks (34-4, 5-1 SVL) played what was likely a Sacramento Valley League-deciding match against the Honkers (22-13, 6-1 SVL) in Willows last night, and close out their regular season against Winters (3-19, 0-5 SVL) tomorrow at 6 PM.
Hamilton 3, Williams 0 – The Braves swept the Yellowjackets in a Mid-Valley League match in Williams on Thursday, winning by scores of 25-14, 25-10, and 25-17.
Williams (6-17, 0-7 MVL), who were still looking for their first league win this season as of press time, hosted East Nicolaus (10-13, 4-3 MVL) last night, and travel to play Durham (12-15, 3-4 MVL) on Thursday for their final game of the regular season.
Maxwell 3, Esparto 0 – No stats or game scores were provided by Maxwell for their Mountain Valley League match against the Spartans. The Panthers (8-12, 4-4 MTVL) end their season on a two-game road stand. They traveled to Chico last night to play CORE Butte (7-8, 4-4 MTVL), and head to Biggs to close out their season against the Wolverines (3-17, 1-6 MTVL) on Thursday at 6:30 PM.
East Nicolaus 3, Williams 0 – The Yellowjackets kept it tight in the first two games in Trowbridge on Oct. 9, but dropped the match 3-0 to the Spartans. East Nicolaus won by scores of 27-25, 25-21, and 25-7. No stats were provided by Williams.
Quincy 3, Maxwell 0 – Quincy swept the Panthers in Maxwell in their league match on Oct. 9, winning by scores of 25-7, 25-12, and 25-23. No stats were provided by Maxwell.
Greenville 3, Princeton 0 – Princeton fell to the visiting Indians in their Pioneer-Valley League match on Oct. 9. Greenville won by scores of 25-13, 25-23, and 25-20. Diana Medina turned in a team-high five kills for the Eagles in the match, followed by Fiorella Perez’s four. Isabel Bugarin had a pair of blocks for Princeton, and Michell Cervantes led Princeton from the service line with four aces. Perez added six digs, tied with Xitlaly Gonzalez for the team high.
The Eagles picked up a forfeit win against Elk Creek on Thursday.
Princeton (6-17, 2-3 PVL) wraps up their season with a pair of Pioneer-Valley League matches this week. They played Providence (0-15, 0-5 PVL) at home last night, and host American Christian Academy (8-14, 5-1 PVL) tomorrow at 5:30 PM.
Winters 42, Colusa 13 – The RedHawks trailed 28-0 at halftime and were held scoreless through three quarters in Friday’s blowout league loss to the Warriors in Winters.
The RedHawks were without a number of key players on Friday night, but were helped by the return of Brendan Garcia, who sat out last week’s game against Durham. Garcia returned this week for the RedHawks and was a bright spot, rushing for a team-leading 92 yards on just six carries. Garcia also had six tackles on defense, tied with Pedro Cardenas for the team-lead, and added a sack and a tackle for a loss. Fernando Castillo added 72 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and Conner Saso also scored on the ground for Colusa.
Despite having some success on offense, Colusa’s defense struggled to find an answer for Winters’ quarterback, Daniel Carrion, who tossed four touchdown passes – three in the first half – and amassed 172 yards through the air, adding another score on the ground.
The RedHawks (5-3, 2-2 Sacramento Valley League) will look to bounce back this week in a league contest against Esparto (3-4, 0-3 SVL), in what is homecoming week in Colusa. Esparto forfeited last week’s game against Pierce due to a rash of injuries, but Colusa High School Athletic Director Eric Lay confirmed on Monday that Esparto’s varsity team had committed to play on Friday after getting a few of those injured players back.
Williams 28, University Prep 7 – For much of the season, Williams quarterback Hunter Povlsen has been posting big numbers in the passing game. In last Friday’s Mid-Valley League game against University Prep, the Yellowjackets switched things up. Povlsen, who prior to Friday was averaging over 28 passing attempts per game, attempted just 15 passes, as Williams rushed their way to a 28-7 win.
Williams ran the ball 37 times and racked up 229 yards and three touchdowns, with eight ball-carriers getting two or more carries. They were paced by Omar Paniagua, whose 14 carries and 82 rushing yards led the team. Paniagua, Aldo Ambriz, and Fabian Garcia each scored on the ground for the Yellowjackets. Povlsen completed nine passes for 163 yards and a score.
Williams (4-3, 1-1 MVL) makes the long trek to Trinity to play the winless Wolves (0-7, 0-2 MVL) on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM.
Princeton 56, Westwood 7 – The Eagles bounced back from their first loss of the season in a big way, trouncing the Lumberjacks in Westwood in a league contest. Stats were not available.
Princeton (7-1, 4-1 California 8-Man South League) travels to Loyalton (2-6, 2-3 California 8-Man South League) on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 PM. ■
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