Chloe Beeson had 15 kills, seven aces and a career-high four kills and, Sydnee Byers tacked on five kills and eight aces to lead the Dufur Rangers as they battled back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to defeat Ione in five games Thursday in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match played at Ione High School.
“Tonight just showed, again, how much fight is in this group of girls,” said Dufur head coach Jody Weaver. “I am happy they pulled out the win and proved to themselves that they can do it.”
Ione won the opening set by a 25-23 score, and Dufur answered with a 25-21 win to even the match at 1-apiece.
The Cardinals added another win in the third set, 25-14, but Dufur dominated the fourth set by a 25-8 margin to send this match into a fifth-set tiebreaker.
There, the Rangers came away with a 15-11 output to win their fourth consecutive league match to start the season.
Alexus Outlaw totaled seven kills and four aces, Mikayla Kelly dropped three aces and Sydney Reed picked up four kills and three aces.
Dufur converted 84.5 percent on serves with 27 aces, and also had season-highs with 33 kills and five blocks.
“The girls had fewer hitting errors tonight, but we need to have stronger attacks to keep our opponents on the defensive,” Weaver said. “We will continue work on our offense, as we need to have strong attacks to beat good teams.”
Dufur (5-5 overall, 4-0 league) travel to Culver for a double dual with Culver and St. Paul starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.