Netters 7th in tourney, defeat N.M. Huskies

The Husky volleyball team finished seventh in a tournament on Saturday.

In pool play, the team split three matches.

The Huskies lost to Madras 11-4 then won 11-5.

Against North Valley, they won 11-10 and lost 11-3.

Against Junction City, they won 11-7 and lost 11-6.

Moving to bracket play, conference rivals the Sisters Outlaws defeated them 15-5 in the first game. The Huskies came back with a 15-8 win and were leading strongly in the third game before Sisters rallied to a 15-11 win to take the match.

During the tournament, Teresa Lewis served 31-38 with nine aces. Crystal Fowler served 19-21 with two aces, and Kara Howell served 17-19 with three aces.

Hitting, Mahria Zook was 23-26 with 11 kills. Stephanie Miller was 25-30 with nine kills. Katie Ives was 10-14 with six kills. Howell was 17-22 with four kills. Lisa Brocard was 11-13 with two kills.

The Huskies dominated the North Marion Huskies Thursday night at home, winning 15-2 and 15-4, meeting a goal to keep the team under five points.

The Huskies moved on last night (Tuesday) to wrap the first half of the season up at Stayton where they expected a tough battle.

The Huskies are 3-2 in league, Coach Heide Nichol said. “We hope to up that to 4-2 tomorrow night.”

The Huskies “are starting to click as a team,” Coach Nichol said. “Our serves are better.”

Serving and defense were anticipated to be the key in facing Stayton, which is a strong hitting and blocking team, Coach Nichol said. That means the Huskies needed to “play defense out of our minds” and “place our serves.”

No game is scheduled for Thursday.

The Huskies resume playing next week in the second half of the league schedule.

“Our goal for the next half of the season is to win some games that we let go in the first half,” Coach Nichol said. Those games went to competitive opponents that are comparable to the Huskies. Those competitive teams include Sisters, Molalla and Stayton.

“We want to win the competitive games,” Coach Nichol said. “The other games have been fairly cheap. We want the games that cost a lot.”