Ladies off to a good start

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Off to one of their best season starts in years, Colfax High’s Lady Falcons parlayed excellent spiking, blocking and serving last weekend to capture championship honors in the Carmichael Tournament played at Del Campo and La Sierra. “Everyone played well and contributed,” said Colfax coach Vicky Satterlee about Colfax’s 6-0 showing on the day. “It’s the best volleyball Colfax has played in quite a while.” The Lady Falcons, who notched an impressive 3-0 sweep over Nevada Union in a CIF Foundation match last week, were a perfect 4-0 in tournament pool play. Colfax opened with a 2-0 win over Laguna Creek before turning back Whitney, 2-1. “Whitney has a big D-1 player but we were able to neutralize her pretty well,” said Satterlee of the win over the Wildcats. The Lady Falcons then followed the Whitney win with a 19-25, 25-13, 15-9 verdict over Folsom before completing pool play perfect with a tight 25-17, 21-25, 15-13 decision over Rio Americano to reach the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Colfax ran into a tall, athletic Albany team that featured a pair of 6-foot-3-inch middle hitters but the Lady Falcons responded with a 25-19, 25-16 sweep to gain the championship slot. In the championship match, a good Mercy of San Francisco team stayed with the Lady Falcons in the early going, but Colfax responded with a 23-25, 25-12, 15-9 win to grab the title. Using a regular rotation every match, Satterlee praised the work of Iona Lofrano, Haley Biles, Kelsey Whittet, Ashley Scott, Maddie Ittner, Katie Thomas, Emily Moore, Taylor Pitz and Sara Davidson as being pivotal. “All the girls did a great job,” Satterlee said. Colfax figures to get a tough test today when the Lady Falcons play at Del Oro. Match times are 4 p.m. for the freshmen, and 5 p.m. for the JVs, with the varsity following at approximately 6 p.m. Colfax will also compete Saturday in the Oak Ridge Tournament.