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Tribe netters lose, but coach liked effort

Morgan Goslin had three aces and seven assists, and Olivia Starks dropped a team-high 12 kills, but The Dalles Wahtonka could not get over the hump in a three-game setback Monday in a recently added volleyball match in Portland versus Grant High School.

“Other than a few mistakes we made, we played pretty well,” said TDW head coach Amy Schwartz. “Our defense was great and our passing was pretty good, but we struggled on serves and serve-receive. I thought we were better than the other team, but the biggest difference was those few things that always seem to hurt us.”

The Generals had a close shave in the opener, but still managed to inch forward with a 25-20 winner to go ahead.

TDW had its best chance to cut into that early deficit in the second game, tying the set late at 25-all.

Grant reeled off the final two points to grab a 27-25 score to go up 2-0. They tallied the sweep in the third set taking a marker of 25-18.

Natalie Moleli had 31 of 32 sets with eight assists, Morgan Triperinas went 21 for 24 on serve-receive, and teammates Lori Cimmiyotti and Keatin Logue went 16 of 23 with a combined four kills.

Starks connected on 8 of 10 blocks, Triperina went 18 for 23 on digs, and Maddy Bradford had an ace and a kill shot.

TDW (1-10 overall, 0-5 league) next heads to Hood River (3-11, 2-3 league) for a Columbia River Conference match at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Although TDW has lost nine non-tournament matches in a row, Schwartz and her team will look to finish the final four matches on a successful note.

It all starts tonight.

“We will keep working on our serves and be ready to go,” Schwartz said. “We need to cut errors down and play smart. If we can play up to our capabilities, I think we can show Hood River what we can do.”

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