Chloe Beeson dropped seven kills, five digs and a block, Haili Wolf-DePriest added a season-high 10 service aces and the No. 15 Dufur Rangers scored a three-game sweep over Mitchell-Spray Tuesday in a league match in Spray.
Added to Wolf-DePriest’s 10 aces, the Rangers had 18 aces from six different players at an 88-percent success rate, including six by Beeson and three apiece by Alexus Outlaw, Mikayla Kelly and Sydney Reed.
“Our serving is improving, which is keeping our opponents more on their heels,” said Dufur head coach Jody Weaver.
Dufur and Mitchell-Spray battled in the first set, with the Rangers hitting the final two points for a 27-25 score.
After that tough first set, Dufur went to work in dominant fashion, picking up wins of 25-10 and 25-7, to secure the three-game, the fourth of the season.
In all, Dufur had 21 kills on 69 swing attempts, and Beeson was followed up by Reed, who had six kills, 10 assists and eight digs.
Outlaw had three kills and three digs, Reghan Smith tallied two aces, Kelly slammed home two kills and Sydnee Byers totaled one ace, one kill and two digs.
With the win, Dufur (8-9 overall, 6-1 league) remains one game behind Arlington in the league standings.
Weaver is hoping for marked improvements in all facets of the game over the next seven matchups.
“We are still having way too many communication errors,” Weaver said. “We need to continue to work on that and our hitting. Our hitting is inconsistent and we need to tighten that up.”
The Lady Rangers next pay host to sixth-place Condon-Wheeler (4-14, 2-5) at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Redsides battle in loss to Arlington
In one of their toughest matches of the regular season, the No. 14 South Wasco County volleyball team went toe-to-toe with No. 4 Arlington, losing in a five-set Big Sky thriller Tuesday in Maupin.
“It was a great match, hard fought,” said SWC head coach Donna Barton. “We played really well and battled hard. I am very proud of the effort.”
SWC struck first in the opening set with a gritty 25-23 victory. Arlington then went on to take the next two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-19 to go ahead in the match, 2-1.
Looking to extend this match into a fifth set, the Redsides picked up a 25-23 fourth-set winner.
In the finale, Arlington (10-1 overall, 7-0 league) scored the last two points to take hold of a 15-13 victory.
“It did show me a lot about these girls,” Barton said. “You really should have seen them battle those last two points. They were all over the place making one really great defensive play after another. I feel they really left it all on the floor and just came up a little short in the end.”
Allie Noland had 10 kills, six aces and eight digs, and Jada Myers tacked on another 10 kills, two aces, 11 digs and three blocks.
Kyrsten Sprouse was good for five kills and 10 digs, Madisen Davis added five kills and 10 digs, Jacqueline Noland totaled two kills and nine digs.
SWC (11-3 overall, 5-2 league) had 39 kills, 11 aces, eight blocks and 63 digs.
The Lady Redsides travel to Ione for league play at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Huskies take a four-set home loss
The Sherman volleyball team won the opening set in impressive fashion, 25-14, but then went on to lose the next three sets by an average margin of four points in a four-set loss to Ione Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference match played in Moro.
Ione evened the match at 1-apiece by a 25-21 score, and then took a 2-1 lead after a 25-20 third-set tally.
The fourth-place Cardinals (6-9 overall, 4-3 league) were finally able put away the Huskies in the fourth set, 25-22.
Sherman (6-9, 3-5) hosts Mitchell-Spray (2-10, 0-6) for a league contest at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Hawks score win over Hermiston
From the opening serve, The Dalles volleyball team remained in a second-place league deadlock with Hermiston after taking control and never letting go in its impressive four-game road win over Hermiston Tuesday.
“We are gaining confidence with each win,” said The Dalles head coach Neticia Fanene. “The girls really deserved and earned this win tonight. It was great to see them all working together and staying positive through every part of the match.”
The Riverhawks tallied 19 aces, 18 kills and 5.5 blocks and the setting duo of Lindsi Logue and Hannah Wallis combined for 21 assists, seven digs, a kill and four aces.
The Hawks used their all-around game to beat the Lady Bulldogs by a 25-12 in the opening set.
“We were nearly unstoppable in the first set,” Fanene said. “Right off the bat we served really tough. We executed our pass-set-hit very well. We were off to a running start.”
Staked by a 10-point serving run by Jodi Thomasian, TD cruised to a 16-7 lead on its way to a 25-20 second-set margin.
TD’s Jocelyn Hernandez (three aces and five digs) had an eight-point service run in the third set, but Hermiston shrugged off an early deficit for a 25-22 rally to make it a 2-1 match.
The No. 24-ranked Riverhawks (3-6 overall, 2-2 league) put the Bulldogs (5-7, 2-2) away in the fourth with a 25-20 output for their third non-tournament win of the year.
“We were able to keep our heads in it and maintain the intensity we had at the beginning of the set to finish the fourth game,” Fanene said.
Thomasian had eight aces, nine digs, three kills and a block, Bailey LeBreton reeled off eight kills, four blocks and two digs, and Kathryn Bradford chipped in two aces, three digs and four kills.
Kilee Hoylman posted 14 digs and a kill, Sierra Watson added two aces and 12 digs, and Kayla Seibel went for a kill, a dig and a block assist.
TD takes a trip to Pendleton (3-8, 0-4) for a CRC contest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.