Volleyball continues on despite week’s losses

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The record shows it’s been a difficult season for the Winters High School varsity volleyball team, but that’s not indicative of the effort they’ve given out on the court. Rather than dwell on it, they laced up for more competition last Monday starting with a home game against Willows High School.

The Honkers struck first with a 25–9 set victory over the Warriors, then again with 25–10 victory. Unwilling to be swept, the Warriors battled back to take the third set 25–22. Unfortunately, Willows would shut down the momentum in the fourth set and win 25–10 to take the overall match three sets to one.

The next day, the Warriors traveled up to Durham High School to take on the Trojans. The first match was a slugfest as both teams went back and forth, but it was the Trojans who won 25–18. The Warriors kept fighting, but the hosts were too much to handle as the Trojans would go on to win the next sets 25–8 and 25–12 to win the match overall 3–0.

The Warriors closed out their season last Friday – senior night – against the visiting East Nicolaus High School Spartans. The guests would take the match in three straight sets winning 25–14, 25–24 and 25–6.

“The girls played hard last week. The score definitely wasn’t a reflection of how hard they played. Our last game of the season was Senior Night and was so much fun and was intense,” said head coach Mari Chavez. “The girls played their hearts out. Dani Johnson and Alli Aguiar dominated the net on defense. Makena Driver, Aguiar and Johnson had strong attacks. Bayla Garcia worked hard digging up strong hits from our opponents. Kelxie Suarez, Ruby Campos and Angelica Michel also worked hard on defense. Luz Martin and Ahtzire Figueroa hustled and were all over the court getting sets for their teammates. I am so proud of these girls and how hard they worked. Even though we took the loss, the girls never gave up.”

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