Lady Ranger spikers succumb
by Jesse Phelps
As Frontier League Champs, the Nordhoff Lady Rangers volleyball
team made its first trip to the CIF playoffs in quite sometime
on Thursday night, taking on the La Cañada Lady Spartans
Middle blocker Alison Bennett and outside hitter Whitney Featherstone
led Nordhoff, which was defeated in four sets, 10-15, 15-11,
The first game belonged to La Cañada, as senior Rachel
Zackrison reeled off six points on her first service opportunity.
The momentum seemed to shift in the second game, as Bennett took
command of the middle.
She and Featherstone had several kills and Nordhoff looked to
be in command. Bennett stopped a three-point La Cañada
run with a tap-spike to give Nordhoff the side-out with the score
at 8-7. Amy Cresto then came in to serve and Nordhoff took an
La Cañada's Kasey Hurlbutt came up with several digs,
two kills and a service ace to pull La Cañada to within
Senior Blair Waycasey earned another side-out for Nordhoff with
a powerful kill.
Brittney Ferro's kill made it 12-10 and Bennett came up with
a block and kill to give Nordhoff its first game point. Nordhoff
took the game as Hurlbutt hit the ball into the net.
In the third game, La Cañada established a 5-1 lead behind
Haley Frame's excellent service. Nordhoff battled back behind
Ferro and Bennett, trimming the lead first to 11-8, then 14-12.
But La Cañada outside hitter Kiting Kolar ended the game
with a service ace.
In the fourth game, the Lady Rangers faced an onslaught of powerful
kills by Kiting Kolar, Hurlbutt and Suzanne Swenson. Still, a
kill by Featherstone and a block by Bennett gave the Lady Rangers
a 7-5 advantage.
Waycasey and Featherstone showed their senior leadership, each
notching kills to bring Nordhoff back to within 12-11 after a
From there, Hurlbutt's service ace and Swenson's kill gave match
point to the Spartans. Featherstone saved tha,t but La Cañada
earned another side-out moments later and Kolar finished things
with a big kill.
Nordhoff coach Renee Nakao-Mauch said, "We just didn't do
some of the things we should have done, as far as our blocking.
But I give my girls a lot of credit because they didn't give
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FEATHERSTONE pounds the ball past the hands of two La Cañada
players last Thursday evening at NHS. Nordhoff lost, 2-1, but
won the second game thanks to Featherstone and Alison Bennett.