Eureka High volleyball bowed out in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs after a straight sets loss (25-19, 25-8, 25-16) to visiting Acalanes, Tuesday night at Jay Willard Gymnasium.
“I didn’t see anyone give up tonight,” Eureka head coach Rachel Evans said. “We continued to fight and push through.”
Eureka (18-8) earned the right to host Tuesday’s playoff game, even as a No. 14 seed, after winning the Humboldt-Del Norte League but ultimately met its match against a much deeper and more tested team, No. 3 Acalanes (16-12).
Eureka’s took an early lead in the first set as the Loggers’ middle blocker Makaila Napoleon scored a pair of well-placed kills to give her team a 2-0 advantage out of the gate.
Acalanes quickly rebounded from its slow start and knotted the first set at 2-2 before taking a 4-2 lead after a powerfully hit ace by its outside hitter Madi Risch.
Acalanes chipped away at Eureka for the remainder of the first set and lead 18-11 before winning 25-19.
The second set was over soon after it began and Acalanes built a 10-2 lead before running away with the match, 25-8.
Eureka battled back in the third set but ultimately didn’t possess the experience to hand with a team the caliber of Acalanes.
“We don’t play division-III teams as much as they do, so we weren’t ready for the kind of power and speed they had,” Evans said, “But, it was a great season with a group of girls who were friends on and off the court.”