Colusa County wraps up the volleyball season with a display of talent that overcame many obstacles. Coming down from a win against Roseland University Prep on Nov. 12, 3-0, round No. 2 in the championships was brought to an end on Thursday at the hands of Tamalpais, 3-1.
As the Lady Bears go into a well-earned hibernation, they can boast that they never gave up. The upset was in part due to what Kim Travis, coach for the Bears, said was an unbalanced game due to an injured Emily Ehrke, who was unable to set or hit.
Travis said that Abby Mendoza, Katie Williams, and Sierra Murphy played consistently well trying to lead the team. Lexi Dorantes and Halle Charter had what Travis called “moments of greatness,” but it was just not the cohesiveness that the team has perfected through an extensive season.
“Pierce volleyball is more than just a game, it is a metaphor for life,” said Travis. “We spend countless hours trying to learn the importance of teamwork, training physically, giving back, and even how injuries make us stronger.”
Despite the loss, the sets were not easily won for Tamalpais. Pierce lost the first set 25-21 and the second set was a 25-17 loss. In the third set, the Bears dug down deep and won 25-21, but they had given all they could and the fourth set was a 25-17 loss.
Travis said that despite the season coming to an end for the Bears, she is so proud of the team’s resilience to not give up without a fight.
“They have overcame obstacles and persevered when most would have crumbled,” she said. “We stand with pride this year. We are SVL Co-Champs, NSCIF Semi-Finalist, and second round NorCal Tourney team.” ■