Placer Spikers Outlast Falcons In Five

Marathon Win Keeps Placer Tied For PVL Spike Lead
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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COLFAX – Monday night’s Pioneer Valley League girls volleyball showdown between Placer and Colfax is a fine example of why they keep score in athletics. In a back and forth five-game marathon that had more highs and lows than the stock market and had fans standing at the end, Placer pulled out a thrilling 22-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-27, 16-14 win to remain deadlocked in a first place tie for the PVL lead. “This was step one tonight and hopefully we’re ready for step two Wednesday,” said Placer coach Jennifer Wright following the win. “I think it’s a credit to both teams playing very hard tonight and our girls were able to come through.” Wright was referring to Placer’s next key PVL encounter on Wednesday in Auburn against co-league leading Bear River. The Bruins handed the Hillmen their lone league loss in a four-game setback back at Lake of the Pines on Oct. 10. Placer, now 6-1 in the PVL, will be looking to grab sole leadership of the league race with a win over the Bruins. Bear River, meanwhile, can move a step closer to cinching a tie for the league title with a win. Only a match versus Colfax on Oct. 31 looks to be Bear River’s last big hurdle. While Monday’s game ebbed and flowed with several fine plays by both squads, each side had its standouts. Placer was led offensively by sophomore Becky Matthews who was a force at the net with 13 kills. Also chipping in with strong play were Kirstin Schauble (11 kills) and Michaela Leonard who acted as an all-around catalyst for the winners. Colfax, meanwhile, was sparked by middle hitter Maggie Aubuchon who was productive on the front line with 13 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Maddie Ittner (11 kills) and senior Iona Lofrano (9 kills) also impressed. Also having good matches for Placer were Gabby Orteza and Lauren Collins while Haley Biles, Ashley Scott and Kelsey Whittet shined for Colfax. In the JV match, Placer took a 2-1 win which included a 17-15 verdict in the decisive third game.