As of Tuesday, September 29, 2015
The No. 14-ranked Dufur volleyball team salvaged a split Saturday in a Big Sky Conference double dual at Arlington High School with a five-game loss to Ione and a four-set victory over Arlington.
In the first match, Dufur lost to Ione 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25 and 8-15.
Tianna Ellis had 12 kills and five aces, Karaline Johnson was good for 12 kills and an ace, and Chloe Beeson had four kills and four aces for the Rangers.
Sydney Reed added 30 assists, Emily DePriest had two kills and two aces and Haili Wolf-DePriest notched two aces.
“(It was a) hard-fought match, but we couldn’t seem to finish them off,” said Dufur coach Jody Weaver.
In their second match, the Rangers beat Arlington 25-6, 25-16, 20-25 and 25-16 to complete the split.
Beeson led Dufur with seven kills and three aces, Ellis had six kills and two aces, and Reed tacked on three aces, three kills and 18 assists.
“Chloe found her rhythm and was hitting the ball well,” Weaver said. “It was good for them to finish off a match and get some confidence back.”
Dufur (6-8 overall, 3-1 league) next hosts Horizon (2-8, 1-3) for two matches at 5 p.m. tonight.
SWC splits in double dual play
The South Wasco County volleyball team showed that it can definitely hold its own against the upper echelon of the Big Sky Conference.
Saturday in Condon, the Lady Redsides lost in five games to Condon-Wheeler and then dispatched of Spray-Mitchell in four games.
“I am very proud of my team’s efforts on the day,” said head coach Donna Barton. “The league is shaping up this year very differently than I had anticipated. I think top-to-bottom, you better come to play each and every game.”
In the opening match against Condon, the Knights came out strong in the first set with a 25-16 win, but the Redsides battled back for a 26-24 win in the second set to even the match at 1-apiece.
South Wasco County, which served at a 93 percent clip in the match, then cruised to a 25-12 win, but Condon sent the game into a fifth-set tiebreak after posting a 25-20 score.
In the fifth set, the Knights ended up with a 15-7 win.
Baily Hogenkamp had 10 kills and five blocks, and Ally Muhleman added another 10 kills and a team-high seven blocks.
Hogenkamp went 20 for 20 on serves with seven aces, and Allie Noland chipped in 19 of 20 serves.
Against Mitchell-Spray, the Redsides used 15 kills and six blocks from Hogenkamp and four aces from Ana Popchock to preserve a 25-22, 16-25, 25-15, 25-10 victory.
Muhleman added 12 kills, and the duo of Noland and Hogenkamp went a combined 31 of 33 from the service line.
“Both matches were very good volleyball with long rallies, lots of attacks, great defense and good saves,” Barton added. “We served 93 percent for each match, which was great. The girls played very hard, demonstrated a lot of the things we worked hard on in practice this week and they paid off.”
SWC (7-6 overall, 2-2 league) has a road match at 5 p.m. tonight versus Sherman (4-8, 1-3).