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Husky spikers score decisive win over Sutherlin, hold off CG

 

October 4, 2017

HUSKIES celebrate after their first win over Sutherlin since the two teams have been together in the Sky-Em League.

With contributions throughout the team, the Huskies rolled through seven teams last week in volleyball, defeating Sutherlin 3-0 at home, Cottage Grove 3-2 on the road and Scappoose and Junction City 2-0 in a tournament at Junction City.

Sweet Home beat Sutherlin 25-15, 25-17 and 25-9 on Sept. 26.

“We came out pretty strong against them in the first game,” said Coach Mary Hutchins. “The second game, we kind of dug a hole.”

Trailing 14-8 at one point, the Huskies gave up just three more points in the second game.

“We were lacking our intensity,” Hutchins said, and she “called a timeout and told them we need to refocus.”

They needed to stay in their defense and play consistently in their system, she said. “We went on a big run after the timeout.”

They finished with a strong third game.

Bailey Hartsook had 11 kills; Ally Tow, 15 kills; and Kayley Lopez, nine kills and six blocks.

Cottage Grove was the toughest part of the schedule last week, taking the Huskies to a fifth game.

The Lions had just won their previous two matches on a fifth-game comeback, Hutchins said. “Cottage Grove was a battle. We were not able to beat Cottage Grove last year or even have a close score.”

The Lions are full of Eugene club ball players, she said.

The Huskies lost the opening game 25-21 and won the second 25-20. After trailing 21-16, they came back and won 28-26, but lost the fourth 25-17. They put the match away winning the fifth game 15-11.

“We were flat,” Hutchins said. “We were not playing our best. They were fired up to beat us because we were tied in the league.”

Cottage Grove was motivated to beat the Huskies, she said. “We had to be reminded of our goals. We did improve our play.

“Shelbey Nichol had some big moments for us in that game. We served well. We received well.”

Late in the game, the Huskies had a good serve receive, she said. “We dug a lot of balls.”

Nichol ended the game with six blocks. Lopez had five blocks, and Tow had 18 kills.

“It was definitely a team effort,” Hutchins said.

The Lions switched around their offense to stack up on Tow and Lopez, Hutchins said, and the later rotations were where the Huskies were scoring a lot of points.

“They (Tow and Lopez) still did a really good job with all that was going on,” Hutchins said.

Going into the final game, “I felt like the girls really responded and came out firing in that game, Hutchins said. “It was a good game for our girls to show determination and teamwork. It was very inspiring to watch them be so supportive of each other. They’re awesome at being a team.”

Saturday, the Huskies went 6-0 against Elmira, Molalla and Siuslaw in pool play to earn a spot in the gold bracket. There they beat Junction City 25-14 and 25-17 to face Scappoose for the championship. The Huskies beat Scappoose 25-21 and 25-16.

Scappoose is ranked close to the Huskies and comes from a hard league, Hutchins said. “They’re always in the mix at the end of the year.”

Scappoose will be in the playoffs, Hutchins said. Siuslaw also is a potential playoff team, and the Huskies got to see both of them.

“We had a really good week,” Hutchins said. “We had some tough games. We finished the first round second place in league, which we haven’t done in a while. We have to continue to work hard and stay focused. We still have a lot of work to do.”

The Huskies are 4-1 in league after the first half. They trail behind Sisters, 5-0. Cottage Grove, 3-2, is in third place. Sutherlin, 2-3, is in fourth, followed by Junction City, 1-4, in fifth and Elmira, 0-5, in sixth.

In OSAA rankings, the Huskies are ranked sixth in the state, while Sisters is ranked first. Cottage Grove and Sutherlin are ranked 12th and 13th respectively.

Sweet Home was scheduled to face Elmira on the road Tuesday night and will host Junction City at 6 p.m. Thursday and Sisters at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10.