Colusa volleyball wins Durham tournament

Annie Lay prepares to serve against Oroville on Thursday in the midst of her run of 21 straight service points.

The Colusa varsity volleyball team continued its undefeated start to the season with a dominant showing at the Elmeretta Brown Volleyball Tournament in Durham on Saturday, capturing the tournament title and moving to 12-0 with wins against Oroville, Orland,Lassen, Durham, Las Plumas, Modoc, and Wheatland.

The RedHawks played a total of 15 sets of volleyball at the one-day tournament, and lost just one of them – despite being without three players and having to shuffle some players around.

Junior setter Annie Lay (86 assists, 39 aces) and middle hitter Hannah Taylor (32 kills, 23 blocks) were selected to the all-tournament team, along with senior Abby Huskey (37 digs).

“Abby stepped up and played outside, while Cynthia Velasquez played Libero,” coach Tina Lyons said. “Amber Morales played well all the way around. Everyone did their part. It was a great team effort.”

The RedHawks undefeated run at the tournament in Durham on Saturday came just two days after they dismantled Oroville in a non-league match at home, cruising to a 3-0 victory (25-6, 25-4, 25-16).

In the first game, Jessica Hickel’s and Amber Morales’ steady work at the service line, coupled with a strong defensive effort from Hannah Taylor and Sophia Stocks at the net, paced the RedHawks to a smooth, 25-6 win.

With Annie Lay at the service line to start the second game, the RedHawks nearly blanked the Tigers – scoring the first 21 points of the set before Oroville finally earned their first side-out – and ultimately cruised to a 25-4 victory.

The third game was more competitive, but Colusa pulled away late to complete the sweep.
Throughout Thursday night’s game, Lay facilitated an offensive attack that was spearheaded by outside hitters Hickel and Gillian Ayala, along with Taylor and Morales in the middle.

Also last week, the RedHawks swept Anderson on the road (25-16, 25-15, 25-10). Annie Lay was the top performer for the RedHawks, doling out 26 assists and scoring 18 points from the service line – including three aces. Hickel led the way on offense with 11 kills. Hannah Taylor had seven kills and two blocks, Amber Morales had six kills and 10 service points. Abby Huskey and Gracie Myers each turned in a solid defensive effort with 9 digs and 8 digs, respectively.

Colusa was set to play Sutter on the road on Tuesday night, and hosts Gridley at home tonight at 6 PM.

Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.