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Ranger netters lose two in St. Paul

The No. 15-ranked Dufur Rangers played on the road in a double dual versus St. Paul and Perrydale and ended up on the short end of two varsity losses Saturday in St. Paul.

Dufur had its work cut out in its opening match against the No. 2-ranked 2A program in the state in St. Paul, and wound up losing in three sets.

The Lady Buckaroos grabbed this match by scores of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-7 for the sweep.

Chloe Beeson had a kill, an ace and a dig, Tianna Ellis had an ace, three kills and three digs, and Sydney Reed had a block, two assists and four digs.

Emily DePriest had a kill, Kayla Bailey notched a dig to cap the Ranger stat leaders.

Dufur had seven service errors and 14 hitting errors in the match.

Dufur battled with Perrydale for five sets in the its opening match and took a 2-0 lead, before the Pirates stormed back for three straight wins to take the match in five games.

The Rangers scored wins of 27-25 and 25-20 to lead.

Perrydale then added back-to-back wins of 25-16 in the third and fourth sets to force a fifth-set tiebreaker.

The Pirates came away with a 15-10 output to stake claim to a win.

DePriest had a team-high five aces, Beeson added two aces, six kills and 10 digs, and Reed added three kills, a block, nine digs and 16 assists.

Bailey had six digs, Karaline Johnson went for three aces, two blocks and four digs.

“The girls played up-and-down today,” said Dufur coach Jody Weaver. “There were times they played well, but we need to work on consistency.”

Dufur (4-6 overall, 1-0 league) hosts Sherman County (1-6, 0-1) at 5 p.m. tonight for a Big Sky Conference contest.

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