Three days. Over 400 miles. Eleven opponents in 12 games, eight of which count for the official record.
It wasn’t always a smooth ride, but the Del Norte High volleyball team kicked off its season with a better sense of itself.
The Warriors traveled to Grants Pass, Ore., on Aug. 29 to play in the Hidden Valley Jamboree, going 2-2 in four exhibition matches. Del Norte then made the drive to the High Sierra Volleyball Tournament in Reno, Nev., and played in eight games Aug. 30–31, going 3-5 and placing 20th out of 36 teams in attendance.
“We played with teams that were good (in Reno),” Warriors coach Pablo Lorenzi said. “Now we need to get everybody on the same page at the same time.”
In Grants Pass, Del Norte defeated Gold Beach (Ore.) High and Illinois Valley High of Cave Junction, falling to North Valley High (Grants Pass) and Crater High (Central Point, Ore.). Set scores were unavailable at press time.
“We weren’t very good,” Lorenzi said. “Very inconsistent. It was like deer in the headlights.”
Lorenzi was complimentary of sophomores Regin Loftin (at outside hitter) and Sam Lundin (at setter) for their play in the Jamboree.
Del Norte headed straight for the High Sierra tournament after the Jamboree and played three games in pool play on Aug. 30. The Warriors defeated Ripon High and Del Oro High of Loomis but lost to Truckee High. (Set scores were unavailable at press time.)
“It was really quite a turnaround,” Lorenzi said. “Our passing improved on Friday so we could actually attack.”
On Aug. 31, the Warriors were slotted into a three-team bracket with Vista High and Shasta High of Redding to determine seeding in the tournament’s championship bracket. Del Norte lost both matches.
“Every game was a tight game,” Lorenzi said.
In the championship bracket, the Warriors lost to Elk Grove High before winning a rematch against Truckee. Del Norte had a chance to grab 19th place from Ponderosa High of Shingle Springs but dropped that match, settling for 20th place.
“One of our biggest downfalls was just communicating, being on the same page at the same time,” Lorenzi said.
The Warriors hope to improve upon that today in a nonleague home match against Illinois Valley. Junior varsity play starts at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity game starting at 6:30 p.m.