Playing a tough schedule helps a team with growth and strengthens progress.
Non-league wins and losses aren’t as important as the learning lessons presented.
Thursday at Dufur High School, the No. 12 Dufur Rangers ran into the state’s No. 4-ranked 2A program in Culver and lost in three games in a varsity volleyball match.
“Culver is a good team,” said Dufur coach Jody Weaver. “The girls fought hard through to the end.”
The Lady Bulldogs won the first set by a 25-13 margin, and then tallied a 25-11 winner to go ahead in the match 2-0.
Dufur did not bow out, however, and gave Culver its best challenge in the third set, but the Bulldogs scored the final two points to secure a 25-23 win for the sweep.
Tianna Ellis had four kills, a block and five digs, and Sydney Reed added four kills, four digs and two service aces for the Rangers.
Emily DePriest and Chloe Beeson had two kills and an ace apiece, Kayla Bailey added an ace and Alexus Outlaw was perfect in her serves.
Dufur (4-4 overall, 1-0 league) heads to St. Paul for a double dual Saturday against St. Paul and Perrydale with a start time of noon and 2 p.m. in what Weaver says will be two good games.
She is looking forward to seeing her team continue to show growth.
“We learned about some strengths and weaknesses we have as a team and are excited to get back out on the court tomorrow (Saturday) to keep improving,” she said.