Depleted spikers 2-2 on week after Seaside tourney

The Sweet Home volleyball team raised its season record to 4-1 in Sky-Em Conference play and 9-4 overall with a four-game win at LaPine, Wednesday, Oct. 6, and a win at the Seaside Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Sweet Home 3, LaPine 1

With a roster depleted by injuries, the Huskies have had to mix and match their line-up, Coach Alicia Meier said, and she tried some different combinations against the Hawks, which cost Sweet Home the third game, 27-25.

The Huskies won the first game 25-11 and the second 26-24, with some line-up changes in place, before dropping the third.

They then came back to win the last game 25-15.

“They played a great first game,” Meier said. “It should have been like that the whole match. ”

With Emili Riggs out for the season with an injury, Meier said she has moved Sonya Corliss up to play varsity full-time.

“She’s fully capable of playing with us,” Meier said. “She’s kind of getting into the swing of things.”

Annie Whitfield and Brandi Trewin each had 11 kills for the Huskies, while Tiffany Miller had 29 assists.

Seaside Tournament

Trewin sprained her ankle in practice on Thursday, which meant the Huskies were one more player short at Seaside.

Meier said she moved freshman Amanda Hubbard up from the JV II squad and Devyn Makin moved into Trewin’s spot as middle blocker.

“It was all new rotations,” Meier said. “We had people playing next to each who hadn’t been there.”

The Huskies beat Tillamook 2-1 (25-13, 23-25, 25-23) before losing to Newport 3-0 (15-25, 15-25, 9-25) in pool play, but ended up making it into the championship bracket.

There they faced LaGrande, winning the first game 25-22, then losing the next two 19-25 and 10-15.

Meier said it was tough to lose at the tournament after having won most of their games this season.

“They definitely played better (against LaGrande) than they did against Newport,” she said. “It was just hard when we were short some players.”

Things didn’t get any easier early this week as the Huskies are facing Sisters (15-2 as of Monday) on the road Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. They will return home Thursday to host Junction City (7-9 as of Monday) at 7 p.m. Sweet Home lost 3-2 in a close match to Sisters on Sept. 23.

“It’s going to be a tough game Tuesday at Sisters,” Meier said. “The girls are really excited for the rematch. They know they can play with them. This is a good time to go back. We may not have the lineup we wanted but the girls are competitive, they have drive and the desire to step up and play well.”