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SWC sweeps past Horizon

Serving game helps lead Redsides to third consecutive sweep

South Wasco County volleyball player Ana Popchock send a kill shot the other way in varsity action this season.

South Wasco County volleyball player Ana Popchock send a kill shot the other way in varsity action this season.

Ana Popchock had a team-leading five kills, Allie Noland tacked on seven aces and the South Wasco County Redsides came away with a three-game sweep over Horizon Christian Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference battle in Maupin.

On the year, the Redsides have five wins, four of those coming by a sweep and they have swept Sherman, Ione and Horizon Christian in a span of seven calendar days.

“The girls played really well tonight, carrying over from last Thursday (win over Ione),” said SWC coach Donna Barton.

In the opening game, the Redsides totaled six aces, five from Noland, who along with Kyrsten Sprouse, had three kills to give them a 25-7 win.

Popchock had four kills, Jada Myers added two and both Allie and Jacqueline Noland had an ace each to lead SWC to a 25-11 victory in the second game.

Looking to put the finishing touches on their third consecutive sweep, the Redsides used three aces and three kills from Madisen Davis, three kills by Laurynn Davis, and an ace apiece by Jenna Wraught and Jazmin Espeland for the 25-16 win.

SWC converted on 67 of 73 serves for 92 percent with 13 aces from five different players, as Allie Noland led with her seven.

“Allie served extremely well again and we did a good job of hitting them in the court,” Barton added.

All told, Allie Noland, Madisen Davis and Sprouse tallied four kills each, Myers and Laurynn Davis dropped three kills and Reese Millis went 6 for 6 on serves and notched a kill.

Last season, the Lady Redsides did not earn their fifth non-tournament win until Oct. 10, so this group is ahead of the curve in a major way.

Barton plans to keep this team hungry and wanting more and more for themselves, as the matches grow in importance.

“I am pretty lucky that they are intelligent and motivate themselves for the most part,” Barton said. “We also realize there are still some pretty good teams to play yet, so we can’t kick back and relax in any way.”

No. 21-ranked South Wasco County (5-1 overall, 3-0 league) has a tough three-game road stretch upcoming with the first match set for 5 p.m. Thursday at Fossil against Condon-Wheeler (2-8, 1-2).


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