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Service game strong for Dufur

The service game continues to be one of the stronger points for the Dufur Rangers.

Tuesday in a road doubleheader against Horizon Christian, the Rangers converted on 89 percent of their serves with a combined 42 aces in a pair of three-game sweeps over the Hawks.

Dufur won the first match by scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-19, as Karaline Johnson had 10 kills, and Tianna Ellis followed up with nine kills, three aces and two digs.

Chloe Beeson also had three kills and three aces, Sydney Reed tallied two aces, there kills and 30 assists to pace the Rangers.

At one point in the match, Haili Wolf-DePriest chipped into the service game with 19 consecutive serves and ended up with a team-high nine for the match. She also added four kills and a dig.

The second match was a carbon copy of the first, as the rangers posted 23 aces and six different players had kills to secure a 25-6, 25-17 and 25-20 win.

Wolf-DePriest had nine aces, Beeson added four aces and eight kills, Johnson chipped in four kills and a block and Ellis had five aces, six kills and two digs.

Sydnee Byers and Emily DePriest notched an ace apiece, and Reed had three digs, three kills, two aces and 20 assists.

The volleyball continues to make strides at the midway point in the season.

“The girls were a little slow to get into their rhythm, but once they did things came together for us,” said Dufur head coach Jody Weaver. “Chloe and Emily also came through with some kills when we needed them.”

Dufur (8-8 overall, 5-1 league) hosts Spray-Mitchell (3-8, 0-5) and Condon-Wheeler (4-8, 3-1) for a Big Sky Conference double dual starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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