After a quick start to their match, The Dalles Wahtonka could not sustain their pressure in taking a four-game setback to Centennial Tuesday in varsity volleyball play in Gresham.
TDW jumped ahead by a 1-0 tally using a strong net presence to post a 25-21 winner.
Centennial got things back on task in the second game on the heels of a 25-18 score.
The Eagles then gained control and won the next two games by margins of 25-17 and 25-19.
“We had a pretty good first game, and then we started making mental errors,” said TDW head coach Amy Schwartz. “We just need to get past the mental breakdowns and we should be fine.”
On the stat sheet, Olivia Starks connected on 26 for 39 hits for a team-high 17 kills.
She added a 9 for 10 split in serves, 10 for 13 on blocks and
11 for 15 on serve-receive.
Lori Cimmiyotti had eight kills, Keatin Logue added six kills and Maddy Bradford checked in with 6 of 8 hits with two kills.
Making the passes were, Morgan Goslin and Natalie Moleli, who combined to set at a 57 for 69 split.
Moleli went 12 for 12 on serves, Morgan Triperinas added 18 for 20, Goslin had 14 for 15 and Cimmiyotti went 16 for 17 from the service stripe.
Triperinas executed on 31 of 34 digs, Cimmiyotti went 14 for 18 and Goslin was perfect on all of her eight dig attempts.
Even with Tuesday’s setback, Schwartz said that her group is still further along at this point then they were at this point of the season last year.
“We missed a key serve or two, but we ran some good plays, our passing was on, went to some faster offenses and we hit the ball well, but now we need to consistently do that,” the second-year coach stated. “They are capable of getting to the next stage, but we need to cut down on the mental errors. We still have a ways to go, but we are still much better in all areas.”
TDW (1-1 overall) hosts Beaverton at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.