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Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001 'IC Ill wins im m many programs can do what we've done." games to one, With so much on the line, winning the tight win over Loyalton line the Lady last Thursday night was even team more dramatic. excellence by "It was a great, emotional eating Loyal- win," added Battistoni. "It squad in five was a playoff-caliber game. last Thurs- The girls never gave up, even when they were down." the gym was In game one, Loyalton be- a captivat- gan with a 5-1 lead, but Porto- hung on every la ran up the next 7 points and a half and later won, 15-9. The volleys Game two was opposite. exciting, as ifThe Tigers started with a 5-0 determine lead, but then Loyalton night. The scored 14 unanswered points, r was tremendous, despite 12 Portola sideouts. Were countered The Tigers were able to score setting up the next seven points, until offensive at- an ace by Loyalton gave the bril- Grizzlies a 15-12 win. The players With one win each, the lng they had, teams battled fiercely for the emotionally, third game. Numerous lead Ld, the Tigers changes made every point in their final important, as the teams I game, 15-9, 12- stayed with each other up to and 15-8. This a 14-14 tie. The final two Portola's re- scores went to the Grizzlies, record of 15 giving them a 2-1 lead in the ague champi- match. losing a In the hole, Portola now I since 1991. needed to win the next two one heck of a games. The Lady Tigers built coach Bob a five-point lead in the fourth is in his finalgame, but the Grizzlies "I want- fought back to tie it at 10. to Walk out of That was as close as Loyalton losing that could get though, and Portola it for the se- won, 15-10. for the At the beginning of the fi- worked so nal game that would decide it all, the noise in the gymnasi- the past five um was deafening. Portola has led the got out to a quick 6-0 lead, but k.Uadefeated sea- Loyalton responded and the a run shared game was soon tied at 8. Re- ds. capturing the momentum, began the the Lady Tigers scored the in 1987 by last 7 points for the victory. Feather River "We just squeaked out of p and there," said Battistoni. an additional alton played a great match; Dore, who they really fought hard. It 1991, led the could have gone either way." more league From the service line, the Ps and began Tigers put in 126 of 143 serves, averaging 88 percent. be- Jenny Foard was 27-29 with and suc- five aces, Brandi Battistoni through was 17-17, and Megan West without los- was 11-12. Melissa Page and game. Jenna Keena combined for the helm in nine aces. the unde- Offensively, Page totaled 24 alive over the kills on 64 attempts, with 14 hits that went out of bounds. ten years, the West earned 11 kills on 36 at- have won 148 tempts, with 10hits out. tches. Foard recorded the best Unbelievable kill average, with nine kills l attistoni. "Not on 22 attempts, and no hits ! % ~ !ii !/~!,,i~:- Portola's Jelma Keena hammers the ball across the pares for u pos Me block. The Lady Tigers overcame five close games. Photos by Shannon Morrow net and past two Loyalton defenders, as Megan West a 2-1 deficit last Thursday, Nov. 1, and beat the Grizzlies In that went out. "None of her hits were out, which is pretty unheard of," said Bob Battistoni. "That's huge for us." Keena contributed eight kills on 34 attempts, while Lindsay West, Vanessa Filip- pini and Brandi Battistoni combined for four kills. Bob Battistoni said that every player played an im- portant role in the undefeat- ed season. Portola goes into this year's Division V playoffs as the number three team, and will be at home tonight against 14th-seeded Capital Christian, beginning at 7 p.m. To fmd out the results of the match, visit . portole players prstm a call. Despite a long, Im mas match, It was weU-Judpd by the referees. Pictured, from left: BNmdi Ssttlst ml, Jenny Fo d and Melisu Page. Photo /Shannon Morrow cuts back and gets the ball betWe4m Portot 's Allen and as Anthony Robbins comes up to support Heiman. ond half, King scored the Tro- teamwork, sharp passes and Sp0 jarls' second goal from deep a varied scoring attack. SVA Beautiful weather and a on the right side. played hard from start to fin- good crowd set the stage for "I have been very pleasedish, despite a mounting score last Saturday's boys soccer with the way the team contin- against them. We had to work championship between Quin- ued to improve throughoutfor every goal." cy and Portola. In their previ- the season," said Quincy Every member of Quincy's otis two meetings during the coach Piers Strafley. "We al- front line rotation scored, led regular season each team ways had a number of skilled by junior Dustin Groh with won once, and both matches individuals. The challenge, three goals and an assist. were decided by shoot-outs, which we met, was to comeNeal Whiteman earned one There would be no together as a strong, balanced goal and two assists, while shootout in the finals. Quincy team." Tom Bard and Chris King delivered a convincing 2-0 Quincy finished its season each added one goal and one win, reclaiming the Sierra with an overall record of l2-5. assist. From the halfback Nevada league title, which line, Kendaal Strailey made Portola had won last season P tola 3, Plumas one goal and one assist, and for the first time. School 0 Miguel Jeffrey contributed The first half of the match During the semifinals, the the final goal. was hard played. Both teams Tigers defeated Plumas were able to move the ball Christian in Portola to ad- Mark Farris and Anthony well, but there was no score vance to the championshipRobbins had especially after 40 minutes of play. game. strong games on defense, Soon after the second half Brett Pearson scored two added Piers Strailey. began, Quincy drove down goals for Portola in the first the right sideline and Chris half, and Juan Flores shot Siena 6, Qui -y 4 King threaded a pass to one goal in the second half, Quincy's varsity and junior Dustin Groh, who drilled it with a direct kick into the up- varsity teams combined for a into the net. per right corner of the net. road game against Golden The Trojans continued to "Our defense played very Sierra. The Trojans started pressure the Portola goal well," said Portola coach An- out strong and led 34) at half- with good midfield control na Burns. "They worked well time, but then Golden Sierra from Kendaal Str'ailey and asa unit." put in three goals in about Miguel Jeffrey, and crowd- two minutes. pleasing dribbling by Neal 8, $A 2 Quincy regained the lead Whiteman and Aaron Bo- Squaw Valley Academy on a penalty kick by Dustin brink, stepped it up for the playoffs, Groh, but eventually gave up Quincy's defense mini- and surprised the Trojanstwo more goals. mized Portola's scoring op- with a strong goal about two Scoring from the field in portunities in the second half minutes into the game, but the first half for Quincy was with especially strong play Quincy immediately respond. Groh, Aaron Bobrink and by Jeb Heiman, Rich Bed- ed with two goals of its own sophomore Danny Price. narski, Michael Davis and to take thelead. John Pettigrew. Tanner "This turned out to be per- Quincy 11, 0 Johns had his usual strong haps the best game we played Eight different Quincy game in the goal. all year," said Quincy coach players scored against Loyal- Midway through the sec- Piers Strafley. "We had good ton's coed team.