For a stretch of years spanning the mid-1980s to the late 90s, the varsity girls’ volleyball program at Williams High School was nothing short of dominant, playing their way to roughly a dozen straight Mid-Valley League titles.
While there were many talented teams over the program’s twelve-year run of supremacy, there was one team that was responsible for establishing the winning culture and forming the foundation that would support a dynasty: the team from 1985.
Composed of nine underclassmen and just one senior, this group of Lady Jackets, led by coach and Colusa County Hall of Fame inductee Sally Pearson, played their way to an undefeated preseason record and lost only one league game. They earned a share of the title for the newly-formed Mid-Valley League in that 1985 season.
The Lady Jackets lost a play-in match to Mercy that year and narrowly missed a berth into the playoffs as a result, but they set the bar high for future teams and established a “championship direction” for the program – a path it would follow in the decade to come. For that, the 1985 Williams High School Volleyball team is being inducted into the Colusa County Sports Hall of Fame.
The 1985 team included Kim Rollins, who went on to have a successful career playing volleyball at Yuba College. She was twice named an All-Bay Valley Conference volleyball player and was the team’s MVP in the 1987 season. After finishing at Yuba, Rollins joined the Navy and continued to play volleyball on Navy teams during her six years on active duty. Rollins is also a Yuba College Hall of Fame inductee.
Other members of the 1985 team included Kimberly Nall (Redenbaugh), Melissa “Missy” Masteller (Troughton), Celeste Arnold, Yvonne Lopez, Brenda Hughes (Lindsay), Luan Blucker-Seaman, Sheri Harper (Pennington), Korrin Jensen-Greenwood, and Penny Christensen. ■