NCS volleyball playoffs: Healdsburg ready to host Justin-Siena

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Healdsburg High girls volleyball team is heading into the semifinals of the North Coast Section Division 4 playoffs with plenty of momentum and home-court advantage.

For the No. 3 Greyhounds, it will be as much about riding their own momentum as it will be about stopping their opponent’s momentum.

“We’re pushing really hard this week,” Healdsburg coach John Kamra said. “Coming off the win against Arcata, we’re trying to keep that momentum going.”

The Greyhounds’ opponent, No. 7 Justin-Siena of Napa, is coming into tonight’s game riding a four-set upset of No. 2 Moreau Catholic in the quarterfinals.

The Greyhounds finished the regular season with a 26-7 overall record. The Braves finished 14-11 overall and 6-8 in the Marin County League.

“We don’t know much about them, but they did beat a No. 2 (seed),” Kamra said, “so we’re ready for them to come into our gym and give us a pretty good fight.”

The Greyhounds had a first-round bye before they beat Arcata in three sets last Saturday. They’re ready for the semis and, hopefully, the finals after that, Kamra said.

“We’re feeling good,” he said. “We played really well against Arcata, we’re healthy and we’re coming off a really good season. We want to continue this and get one more game.”

Tonight’s other NCS Division 4 semifinal matchup has No. 1 Marin Catholic playing host to No. 4 St. Patrick/St. Vincent. The Division 4 winners meet this Saturday in the finals.

In the NCS Division 2 semifinals, No. 2 Maria Carrillo plays host to No. 3 Carondelet. No. 3 Sonoma Valley visits No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland in a Division 3 semifinal.

In Division 6, No. 2 Rincon Valley Christian plays host to No. 3 Mendocino, and No. 5 California School for the Deaf visits No. 1 Anderson Valley.

All matches begin at 7 p.m.

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