It was an exhausting week of volleyball for the Willows Honkers, who after falling to Sutter in five sets on Sept. 13, played six matches at the Red Bluff Tournament on Sept. 14, before finishing the week at the Battle for the Buttes Tournament in Sutter.
On the road against the Huskies, the Honkers fought back to gain a 2-1 advantage, but dropped the final two sets, which resulted in a 18-25, 25-20, 25-16, 14-25, 11-15 loss.
Senior Marissa Peters had a strong outing throwing down 16 kills and making 18 digs to lead Willows.
Also recording big numbers for the Honkers was Claire Maghan, who finished with 10 kills, nine blocks and 13 digs.
Meghan Weinrich tallied 12 kills and eight blocks, Taylor O’Reilly dished out 32 assists and made 16 digs and Hanna Pariso contributed 17 digs.
In Red Bluff, the Honkers suffered a lopsided two set loss to Chico (4-25, 15-25) in the opening game, but bounced back to pick up straight-set wins against West Valley (25-17, 26-24), Clear Lake (25-11, 25-20), Biggs (25-6, 25-7) and Red Bluff (26-24, 25-17) before falling again to Chico (13-25, 11-25) in the championship game.
At Sutter’s tournament, Willows went 2-1 in pool play defeating Paradise (27-25, 25-16) and Marysville (25-13, 25-6), ahead of a spirited match with Pioneer (Woodland) in which two controversial calls turned the tide of momentum in the Patriot’s favor sending the Honkers down to defeat 26-24, 27-25.
Willows was eliminated in bracket play after a loss to Yuba City (25-21, 25-22)
The Honkers (13-9) opened Sacramento Valley League play on Tuesday hosting Winters and will be in Live Oak on Thursday.