It was quick, but, for College of the Redwoods, it wasn’t painless.
Feather River, the No. 4 ranked volleyball team in California, made short work of the Corsairs on Friday in a Golden Valley Conference match in Eureka, winning the 55-minute contest in straight sets, 25-12, 25-10 and 25-1.
It was the 10th consecutive win for the Golden Eagles, who improve to 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the GVC with the win, while it was the sixth straight loss for Redwoods, which drops to 0-5 in conference and 2-9 overall.
“Feather’s a great team,” said CR’s first-year head coach Oceana Matsubu. “They’re consistent from top to bottom in their lineup, their offense is fast and their players are constantly talking to one another on the court. They are by far the best team we’ve seen or played against.”
The Corsairs started strong and battled the Eagles to a 10-10 tie in the opening game, but then Feather River flexed its muscles, racking up nine consecutive points for a commanding lead and never looked back.
In the third and final set, the Eagles scored 19 straight points to open the game.
“We hung with them in the first set, but we’re just struggling right now with shifting into the next gear,” Matsubu said. “We’re kind of waiting around for someone to make plays instead of being more aggressive.”
As a team, the Corsairs had just nine kills in the match with 14 hitting errors.
CR freshman Payten Eggebrecht had five of her team’s nine kills.
“Well we’re halfway through conference now, we’ve seen everybody so there won’t be any surprises the rest of the way,” Matsubu said. “Now we just get back to work Monday, go over the film and try to learn what we can and keep working hard.”
The Corsairs play next at home against Butte on Friday.