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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 1(: - t SPORTS AND RE CREAT I O N IG THE ACTION AROUND PLS OUNTY i ............................... Greg Knight Sports Writer For most of last weekend's second round NorCal Regional volleyball playoff match between Feather River College and the Butte Roadrunners, it was anyone's guess who might emerge victorious, though the Lady Golden Eagles heid on tight and played their hearts out, overcoming a five-point deficit in the third game to win 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-17): Though Butte challenged point for point in the first game, it was an even tougher third game as the Roadrunners jumped out to a 3-0 score to open it up. Eventually, Butte led by five points before head coach Sarah Ritchie's team regrouped and was able to , put the game away. "Falling back like that is something we seem to do in Game 3's," Ritchie said. "We always work our way out of our holes and we have confidence, which has been the story of the season and the way all the girls have played." With the win, FRCmoved on to play in the third round Tuesday night at home against American River. The results of that game were not determined by press time for this story. FRC 3, Yuba 0 It took just a little more than an hour for the Feather River College volleyball squad to demolish the Yuba College 49ers in the opening round of playoffs last week, taking down the visitors on a 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 25-13) fir{al score. In the first and third periods, the Lady Golden :Eagles were in complete control and dominated in all areas of offense and defense. The second period, however, was a little different story as the 49ers crept out to an early lead before FRC eventually tied it up and then took a three-point lead at match point before winning it, 25-21. Head coach Sarah Ritchie said the lackluster performance in the period was due to a failure to play fundamental volleyball at key moments. "We weren't passing the ball or serving the bail very well in that period," Ritchie said. "We didn't put it away and we sometimes end up doing that when we face teams we know we can easily beat. It's a little bit of complacency, for sure, but they were a good team and played up to our skill level." Before she knew that her team would face Butte in the second round, after the Roadrunners defeated Porterville 3-1, Ritchie said that the squad from one county over would be excellent competition. "They are very good and have been our rivals forever," Ritchie added. "They are scrappy and will play up to their competition." After the game, freshman middle blocker Justine Cota said the Golden Eagles' style of volleyball -- and the way the team practices to prepare for opponents -- has been the key to the squad's winning ways. "We just need to keep preparing the way we have all season long," Cota said. "We've been looking forward See Volleyball, page 3C Mariah Diaz (No. 4) sends the ball back over the net against Yuba last week in the first round of the playoffs. Photo by Greg Knight Thank a coach today FROM THE SPORTS DESK GREG KNIGHT Sports Writer A few weeks ago I wrote an open editorial to the Feather River College powers that be asking for an unlimited amount of support going forward for the Golden Eagles football program in 2015 and beyond. The column didn't go unnoticed by another head coach at the college after I, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, suggested interim head coach Bart Andrus was worthy of a turbo-charged golf cart should he remain on as leader of the team. Truth be told, each of our head coaches deserves something special; we have probably the best cadre of head and assistant coaches in Northern California at the helm of our teams. From Sarah Ritchie, with her five Golden Valley Conference volleyball championships; to perennial winner Terry Baumgartner and his boys of summer (i.e., winter); to the elder statesman of FRC basketball, Randy Rick; and Don Williams, with his one-of-a-kind soccer programs, as well as every other coach in between, we field winners in the game who are also fine educators in the classroom. Games are won by athletes who can perform the fundamentals of their chosen sport with near flawlessness, all while minimizing errors. What goes unspoken in most sporting circles is what impact the coaches have in their student-athletes' lives. Truth be told, no one hears about the 3 a.m. phone calls to. a coach from a player who is in need of help -- or how that See Sports Desk, page 3C' k