Zebras start season with guns blazing

Excellent chemistry
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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To prove winning the Bear River tournament to open the season was no fluke, the Lincoln High girls volleyball team came home to blank Yuba City 3-0 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Game Monday.

In a closely contested set to open the match, the Fighting Zebras clipped the Honkers 25-23. The second set was a rather easy 25-19 victory and the last a come-from-behind 25-22 triumph.

If having freshmen in the starting lineup was any sign of weakness, the Fighting Zebras did not show it. In fact, frosh Morgan Colyer, Mekhia Hayden and Emily Parker were catalysts in Lincoln’s win over the Honkers.

“This group … is just a different dynamic altogether,” said Zebras head coach Betty Zamora. “This team has really good chemistry. I thought I had good team chemistry last year, but I feel like I’ve gotten an extra bonus here having another group with great team chemistry.”

In 2017, Lincoln finished 7-10. This season the Zebras could well reverse that or do even better than 10-7.

“Sometimes it is difficult to bring up freshmen on a varsity team,” said Zamora. “I have three this year and I think they just bring a lot more passion than what we had last year.”

Zamora said her upperclassmen provide leadership and embraced the freshmen with open arms.

The Zebras host Marysville Thursday and entertain former Pioneer Valley League foe Center Wednesday. Both matches begin at 6 p.m. with junior varsity preceding varsity.