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No. 2 Dufur starts off league with a sweep

The No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers hit the court for the start of league Friday, and used a combined 13 kills, 11 aces and seven digs from senior standouts Taylor Darden and Montana Ferres in a three-game sweep on the road over Mitchell/Spray.

In those three sets, Dufur had an average victory margin of 12 points.

“The girls played well and we are excited to start league,” said Ranger head coach Kelly Darden.

Dufur jumped off the bus with reckless abandon in the opening tilt with an easy 25-11 total to gain a 1-0 match edge.

If the first game proved that the Rangers were all business, the second set was just as dominant, as the group fired out to a 25-8 winner to go ahead 2-0.

Mitchell/Spray did not roll over in the final frame and scored a match-high 20 points, but could not get the breaks in the end with Dufur pulling out a 25-20 score to complete the whitewash.

Overall, the Rangers were prolific on hit attempts with a 48 of 55 effort with 22 kills.

From the service stripe, Dufur had 73 tries and threw down 25 aces.

Tianna Ellis tallied four kills and three aces, and Chloe Beeson chipped in six digs and three more aces.

Kirsten Sorensen continued her recent climb up the depth charts with four kills, a dig and a blocked shot added to her stat line.

Off to an impressive beginning of league play, the Rangers have a challenging stretch upcoming with matches against Sherman and Condon-Wheeler this week.

Dufur hosts Sherman at 5 p.m. tonight.

After that, the Rangers pay host to Condon-Wheeler for a Noon tip and St. Paul at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

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