By Tyler Harris
As the Mt. Shasta Bears traveled to Trinity High School to take on the Shasta Cascade League champion Trinity Wolves on Tuesday night, they were able to say one thing that no other team in the league could say: they beat the Trinity Wolves during league play.
Mt. Shasta encountered the Wolves for the first time on August 31, at the Miner Mountain Blast in Yreka. Trinity came away with the victory in two games, both ending with a score of 25-21.
Down the road, the Wolves traveled to Bear territory to kickoff SCL play. Jumping on the Wolves in a quick two games, it seemed as if Mt. Shasta coach, Greta Jones, had figured the Wolfpack out. The first game of the match was 25-12 in favor of Mt. Shasta. The second game was closer, but the Bears still came out on top 25-19. On the ropes, the Wolves had to pull out three consecutive wins to bring home the victory, 3-2.
A few weeks later, Mt. Shasta embarked on a journey to Weaverville, looking to hand Trinity its first league loss of the SCL season. The Wolves had gone through the first half of the league season undefeated. The Bears entered the Trinity High gym with an appetite and hungry like the Wolf, winning 3-0, and putting the first scratch in the losing column for the Wolves.
Going into the second round of NSCIF Division-V playoffs on Tuesday night, third-seeded Trinity hosted the six-seeded Bears. Although the Wolves hold the season series advantage by one match, only 5.8 points per match separated the two teams, and both teams were entering the playoffs with winning streaks. Mt. Shasta hadn’t lost since they fell in five to the Weed Cougars on October 8, while Trinity had won five straight since the Mt. Shasta loss.
Coach Jones’ keys to beating the Wolves at home Tuesday night were placement, getting the ball past Trinity’s middle hitter (sophomore Lilly Camara), and to get every serve in. Often times high school athletes have a hard time dealing with the playoff atmosphere, but Coach Jones had a plan to deal with this problem. She said it was important for her girls to keep within themselves, talk about the game, and to eat.
At 7:01 the whistle blew and Mt. Shasta’s Sejay Sarti started the game off with a serve that is returned, but the ball is hit out of bounds by the Wolves.
A few plays later Sarti tries to land a kill, but twice in a row she is blocked by a Wolf combo of Danielle Duncan and Yori Hook for a Trinity point. With the game tied, 9-9, Trinity’s Bradlee Plotzke, who leads the section in aces, landed an ace serve, putting the Wolves up 10-9. (more…)
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