Volleyball Falls to Laytonville, but Shows Promise in League Scrimmage

Senior Jasmine Krastes bumps the ball over the net in Friday’s Homecoming match. [Photo by Crystal Salomon]

South Fork High’s Varsity Volleyball team played a scrimmage early last week at St. Bernard’s and played very well, showing that they have the potential to compete in league this year. However, the festivities and excitement of Homecoming week took their toll, according to head coach Heather Ellis, and the team faltered in Friday’s Homecoming contest against Laytonville, 25-12. 25-6, 25-17.

“We played so well against St. Bernard’s, who have a very good team, that it was disappointing to not play well against Laytonville.” The matches held on Friday were the first ever in South Fork’s newly remodeled gym, and fans were treated to new seating and a beautiful new floor.

“At least we came back and made a god showing in the final game,” said Ellis. “Hallie Douglas came alive, scoring 7 points scoring and doing well at the net.” Ellis also had praise for her freshman back row specialist Sophie Studebaker who had “a lot of nice digs and played great defense.”

Senior Kamia Way tips the ball over the net in Friday’s Homecoming match against Laytonville. [Photo by Crystal Salomon]

While score is not kept during a volleyball scrimmage, the Lady Cubs played several 20-minute matches against last year’s Humboldt Del Norte Little Five Conference Champions in Eureka earliwe in the week and performed very well. “We had great teamwork,” said Ellis, who added, “everyone hustled, and we had consistent serving.” Senior Kylee Girard had two kills and 3 aces, senior jasmine Krastes had two aces and Sophomore Myrna Navarrete had 2 kills.

Given the team’s strong showing against st. Bernard’s and the fact that Ferndale and Hoopa both graduated numerous seniors last June, Ellis figures South Fork has a chance of making a good showing in league play this year.

This week the team will travel to Ferndale on Tuesday and will host Hoopa on Thursday, with JV matches beginning at 5:30. South Fork lost its Homecoming JV match to Laytonville 25-13, 25-8.


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