Redsides finish second at tournament

SWC athlete Molly Foreaker lunges for a return hit during Saturday’s Redside Volleyball Tourney. The Redsides finished 3-1 and in second place Mark B. Gibson photo

With a team on the cusp of achieving some great things for the 2012 season, the South Wasco County Redsides may have reached a tipping point of success after this past weekend’s performance while at the annual Redside Volleyball Tournament in Maupin.

All told, SWC finished 3-1 and added a semifinal win over Sherman, before losing in two consecutive games to Central Christian in the championship round.

It was a good effort all around for head coach Ron Townsend’s crew.

“We showed flashes of good play today,” he said. “We need to continue to work on becoming more consistent in several parts of the game. Hopefully, we can continue to improve.”

The Lady Redsides mopped up the field in a pair of pool play contests against Helix and Spray.

While playing versus Helix, the Redsides and top hitter Joy Kelly worked scores of 20-12 and 20-12 to advance to the next stage.

Molly Foreaker, Sonya Schmitz and company then tacked another pool play domination session with a 20-9, 20-4 split in a sweep over Spray.

Those two wins put the Lady Redsides into the semifinals against Big Sky Conference opponent Sherman, where every bounce and serve and kill attempt were highlighted.

In the two games, a combined margin of four points made the difference and 25 points was not enough to settle matters.

SWC took advantage early on in the first set with a 26-24 decision, and then had to go the extra mile to get the sweep before pulling out the final two points for a 28-26 winner.

That win moved SWC into another Big Sky tussle against Central Christian.

In the end, there was nothing going to stop the White Tigers, as they ran their winning streak to four matches after rolling to wins of 25-22 and 25-22 to hoist the title trophy.

Sherman is in Dufur for a Big Sky match at 5 p.m. tonight, while SWC next heads to Moro at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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