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Netters slip by Stayton, strike down Newport, do well in tourney

 

September 13, 2016

Photo by Scott Swanson KAYLEE LOPEZ blocks a Tehya Woodruff of Newport.

Sweet Home’s volleyball team squeaked by Stayton 3-2 last week, then delivered a decisive 3-0 win over Newport to raise its season record to 4-0 going into its first league contest this week.

The Huskies also finished in a third-fourth tie out of a field of 16 teams at the Cascade Tournament Saturday.

“That was better than any finish we had in a tournament last year,” Coach Mary Hutchins said.

Sweet Home will open league play at home against Junction City Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m.

The Huskies will also host Sisters the following Tuesday, Sept. 20.

“We’re hoping to start strong,” Hutchins said.

Sweet Home 3, Newport 0

Hutchins said she was “kind of surprised” at the Huskies’ success against Newport.

“The girls kind of had a field day,” she said. “I expected more out of (Newport).

The Cubs spent most of the first two games handing Sweet Home a lot of points off unforced errors and had trouble getting some real blocks up until midway through the third game.

Sweet Home won 25-9, 25-11 and 25-21.

“About the only thing I was unhappy about was that we missed quite a few serves,” Hutchins said.

Ally Tow finished with 13 kills to lead the team and Kayley Lopez finished with 10. Madi Barringer “served and passed really well,” Hutchins said.

Sweet Home 3, Stayton 2

The Huskies won the first two games 25-21 and 27-25, after coming from behind in the second, but went flat in the third and fourth games, losing 19-25 and 14-25.

“We didn’t play as well as we did at Douglas (their opener) and we lost our mojo in the fourth game (as they did at Douglas),” Hutchins said. “It felt like we were just fighting for every point.”

With “no momentum” going into Game Five, Hutchins had a heart-to-heart with her team.

“Our backs were against the wall. I told them they had to do it themselves. They did it.”

The Huskies pulled it out, 15-12 for the win.

Ally Tow finished with 11 kills and Kayley Lopez had four aces and six blocks, part of an effort in which Sweet Home served “really well,” Hutchins said.

Cascade Tournament

Sweet Home swept Tillamook, North Marion and Madras in pool play at the 16-team Cascadia Tournament Saturday, Sept. 10.

“We beat Madras pretty easily in both games and we beat North Marion easier than I’d anticipated, Hutchins said.

Then the Huskies beat

Tillamook, which is “very seasoned” after finishing in the final eight in last year’s state playoffs and returning its entire roster.

“They may have been a little over-confident, but we beat them,” Hutchins said. “We were still pretty fresh. We put up a fight.”

In the championship bracket, Sweet Home downed Scappoose, then turned around immediately and faced Tillamook once again.

This time the Cheesemakers were the winners.

“I honestly think we ran out of steam,” Hutchins said. “We didn’t play at all like we did in the morning. We lost in three. We never played with the energy and fire we did in the morning. It was a long day and we looked worn out.

“Mentally, we knew we could beat them, but we made a ton of errors.”

 
 

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