Western Sierra shocks No. 5 Quincy in NorCals
The Western Sierra Collegiate Academy girls volleyball team continued to make school history. The Wolves not only won their first section playoff match this season, but made it to the semifinals where for the first time they qualified for the NorCal Regionals.
Discontent with that accomplishment, the 12th seed academy traveled to Quincy and defeated the No. 5 Trojans in round one 3-1 (19-25, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-16).
Kills – Emily MacIntyre 13, MacKinley Hamm 12 and Kaatje Matthews 10.
Serves – Brenna Mellish 24 (3 aces), Hamm 21 (3) and Moriah Kawas 16(2).
Blocks – Mellish 1 and Desiree McAdams 1.
Digs – Nia Robinson 1, Mellish 18, Hamm 12 and Maddy Pavano 11.
Assists – Mellish 48.
Serves received – Olivia Droen 10, Pavano 8 and Robinson 7.
However, the long road trip to Ripon two days later ended the Wolves’ finest season. The No. 4-seeded Indians won 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-20) Thursday.
Western Sierra finished 20-7. Although they will lose seniors Messlish, MacIntyre, Droen and Lydia Smith, head coach Morghan Pomeroy will have a solid stable of returnees to work with.
Hamm, a freshman, led the club in kills with 197 on the season, and she was second only to Mellish with a 95.6 serving percentage. She also had 313 total digs this year to lead the team in that category and matched Droen with 132 serves received; she had just 20 errors.
McAdams, a sophomore was second to MacIntyre in total blocks.
Pomeroy will have to find a new setter, since the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League champions will lose the league’s No. 1 setter, Mellish. However, junior Moriah Kawas managed to put enough assists to rank sixth in the SMAL.