By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
CRESCENT CITY The Del Norte High girls varsity volleyball team made quick work of Eureka at home Tuesday night, winning in three games in less than an hour 25-12, 25-8, 25-18.
The Warriors are 5-0 in the Big 5 Conference and 17-8 overall.
Head coach Meagan Curtis said she was pleased with how focused her team was.
"I was happy how we played," she said. "They had a good flow to the game," adding it was quite an improvement from how the squad played last week during homecoming week.
Last Tuesday, the team nearly lost to McKinleyville in five games, and while winning in three games to Gold Beach, Ore., Thursday night, were still not as sharp as Curtis said she would like her team to be.
The key to Tuesday night was that the team was mentally in the game and ready to complete the task at handdefeating Eureka, Curtis said.
Game 1 started back and forth. Early in the match, the Loggers looked like they could hang with the Warriors, taking a 12-11 lead.
Del Norte would have none of that and went on quite the tear, completely dominating Eureka at all aspects of the game. The Warriors put up the remaining 14 points to grab the 25-12 win.
In game 2, Del Norte dominated from the start and kept the Loggers off their game as they cruised to the 25-8 win.
In game 3, Eureka started off well and look a 4-1 lead, which did not last for long as Del Norte was able to put together the 25-18 victory.
Ashley Owen had 11 kills, while Lisa Daniels had seven kills and Deja Hartwick had five kills for the Warriors.
Owen had three blocks for kills and Jaclyn Hadfield and Kaylie Rook had two blocks for kills each.
Tabitha Hillman had 11 digs, while Jessica Morrow had seven, Mary Timoshenko had five and Brigitte Pingree had four digs.
Hartwick also had 24 assists and three aces, while Morrow had two aces.
In the junior varsity game, the Warriors won 25-23, 25-9 to go to 4-1 in the Big 5. The squad's only league loss was to Eureka.
On Thursday night, the Warriors take on Fortuna at home on senior night. Deja Hartwick, the lone senior on the squad, will be honored. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity game will follow.