The Honkers kept themselves in the chase for a share of the Sacramento Valley League title last week by posting wins over Live Oak and Pierce.
Willows cruised at home on Oct. 9, sweeping the Lions in straight sets 25-13, 25-8, 25-20, behind 11 kills from Meghan Weinrich, but it was the five set victory on the road in Arbuckle where the Honkers prevailed 25-20, 22-25, 27-25, 24-26, 15-8 that allowed them to remain in a first place tie with the Colusa RedHawks.
Much to the delight of the large crowd, the match with the Bears was characterized by extended rallies and remarkable plays on both sides of court, but in the end, the Honkers were more consistent and stronger at the net.
Weinrich tied for the match-high in kills smashing 18, but was especially dominant in the final set helping the Honkers pull away and seal the victory.
Seniors Marissa Peters and Claire Maghan were also important fixtures on the attack tallying 14 and 11 kills respectively.
However, perhaps the unsung hero of the match was setter Taylor O’Reilly, who time and again exhibited incredible athleticism turning errant passes into points for the Honkers as she handed out 32 assists.
Defensively, the Honkers got strong play from Peters and Maghan along with juniors Hanna Parisio and Taylor Berens, as all four finished with double digit digs.
Willows (22-13, 6-1) played their final regular season match at home Tuesday against the RedHawks to decide the SVL championship, a title the Honkers have held 2009.