As of Friday, August 28, 2015
The Dufur Ranger volleyball team lost a pair of matches against two top-20-ranked 2A programs Thursday in a non-league tri-match in Athena.
First-year head coach Jody Weaver said this was the first match in organized volleyball for several of her underclassmen, so there was a lot of learning involved in that.
She did give them a passing grade, however.
“We had some amazing passes overall in between the two matches,” Weaver said. “That was a pretty athletic team and our passing was great. I thought they did an amazing job. We need to work a little bit more offensively, but our defense was pretty solid.”
Dufur lost in three sets to Weston-McEwen, with the host TigerScots racking up scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-23.
For the Rangers, senior hitter Tianna Ellis had five kills, Chloe Beeson added a passing percentage of 2.04 and newcomer Karaline Johnson tallied four digs to round out the statistical leaders.
After the loss to Weston-McEwen, the Rangers started strong in their last match of the night against Imbler, the 2013 1A state champions, with a 25-15 win in the opening set.
The Lady Panthers rebounded over the next three games with wins of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-15 to preserve a four-set triumph.
Sydney Reed landed four aces, Johnson slammed down seven kills and three blocks, Beeson tacked on 11 digs and Emily DePriest dove for seven digs.
Weaver called Thursday’s two matches a jumping off point in the season.
Seeing where the team is now, they have a lot of room for growth, Weaver added.
“I am happy with the heart and effort that they showed,” Weaver said. “Again, their passing was really excellent tonight. I hope to build on that and we need to work on our offense as well. There were definitely a lot of positives and we are excited about our first match being at home and we are excited about playing in front of our home crowd.”
Dufur (0-2 overall) hosts Cove at 4 p.m. tonight at Dufur High School.