The South Fork’s netters clinched first place in the Humboldt Del Norte Little Four League last week with a third win over Hoopa this season to give them a league record of 7-2, 15-4 over all and 10-2 in Division VI play. The title earned them a #4 seed and a first round bye in the North Coast Section Championship tournament and they will open tournament play with a home game on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. against #5 seed Mendocino whom the Cubs beat back in September in 5 sets.
The only team that can claim a winning record against South Fork this season is Ferndale, who is seeded #8 in the tourney and will have to get past the 9th seed Chinese Christian in round 1 and the top seeded Anderson Valley in round 2 if they are to meet the Cubs again in the semi-final round, providing the Cubs beat Mendocino on Saturday.
On Tuesday the Cubs made the long trek to Hoopa for the second time this season and swept the Lady Warriors in 3 sets 25-17, 25-21, 25-21. "We came out on fire but then were haunted by missed serves before pulling it back together for the win," said head coach Lisa Todd.
Freshman Emma Valk led the Cubs in points with 11, along with 2 kills, a block and 5 digs. Senior Shasta Carr had 10 points, a block, 8 digs and 8 kills. Junior Trisha Harrison had 9 points, 6 kills and 5 digs. Sophomore Libbi Hartl had 7 points, 5 digs and 2 kills. Senior Jacy Snograss had 5 points with 5 kills and 4 digs. Junior Kassie Humphrey had a point with 5 kills and 6 digs. Senior Paige Paup had a kill, a block and 3 digs and junior Briana Font had 2 digs and a kill.
On Friday the Cubs hosted Point Arena and won handily in 3 sets, 25-18, 25-11, 25-20. "We played a good game and used it as an opportunity to start preparing for NCS. We need to clean up our missed serves and our passing."
Carr had 12 points with 11 kills and 7 digs, Snodgrass had 11 points, 3 kills and 6 digs, Harrison had 7 points with 4 digs and 2 kills, Font had 6 points with 2 digs, and Valk had 5 points with 6 digs and 3 kills. Humphrey had 4 kills and 5 digs, Paup had 3 points with 2 kills and 2 digs, and Hartl had 4 points with 2 kills and 5 digs.
Todd will be taking an experienced crew into post-season play with Carr, Snodgrass, Harrison and Paup having been on the team that made it to last year’s NCS semi-finals before losing to Rincon Valley Christian. "I think we have a shot to do well again this year if we can communicate on the court."