SWC, Dufur are still in contention after setbacks
Jada Myers had a team-high six kills and Kyrsten Sprouse tacked on five aces, as the No. 19 South Wasco County volleyball team came away with a three-set sweep Thursday over Mitchell-Spray in a Big Sky Conference matchup in Mitchell.
The Lady Redsides came on strong at the start of action, taking a 25-13 tally for a 1-0 lead.
SWC then forged ahead for a 25-11 win, their largest margin of victory, and then finished off the sweep with a 25-21 output in the third set.
Thursday’s victory moved the Redsides within reach of first place in league, with eight matches still left to play.
Allie Noland and Madisen Davis dropped four kills each, Myers served two aces, Sprouse added three kills and Jacqueline Noland chipped in two kills.
SWC (7-2 overall, 5-1 league) hosts No. 6-ranked Arlington (8-1, 5-0) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Dufur loses to No. 6 Arlington
Looking for a chance to vault into first place in the Big Sky Conference, the Dufur Rangers committed 26 hitting errors and six service miscues in a three-game sweep setback against No. 6 Arlington Thursday in a league matchup played at Arlington High School.
The Lady Honkers won the opening set by a 25-13 score and then secured a 25-16 victory in the second set to go ahead 2-0 in this tough match.
Dufur played its best set in the third, but came up just short in the finale, losing by a 25-22 margin.
Alexus Outlaw and Chloe Beeson combined for 11 kills, and Mikayla Kelly added a kill and two aces.
Beeson led the Rangers with four aces and the trio of Kalie Ellis, Maddy Smith and Sydnee Byers were good for an ace apiece.
Dufur (6-8 overall, 5-1 league) is now ranked 13th in the state and next makes a trip to Mitchell for a league match at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Thursday, the Rangers host Condon-Wheeler at 6 p.m.
Huskies grab a five-set victory
The Sherman Huskies racked up their second league win of the season, taking a five-game triumph over Horizon Christian Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference match played in Moro.
Sherman took a 1-0 lead in the match after a 25-11 win, but Horizon stormed back for wins of 25-22 and 25-21 to go out in front, 2-1.
In the fourth set, the Huskies gathered enough steam to grab a 25-19 win, setting up a fifth-set tiebreaker.
Both squads went back and forth, with the Huskies hitting on the final two points to pick up a 15-13 victory.
Sherman (3-6 overall, 2-4 league) hosts Ione for another league match at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Riverhawks lose to No. 2 HRV
Coming off a huge five-set home win against Pendleton on Tuesday, The Dalles could not maintain its edge in a three-game sweep road loss Thursday against No. 2-ranked Hood River Valley in a Columbia River Conference tussle played at Vannet Court in Hood River.
The Eagles, who had won five straight non-tournament matches entering Thursday, looked to continue their streak after posting a 25-17 win in the opening set.
Hood River Valley (13-1 overall, 3-0 league) then tallied a 25-10 win in the second set to score a 2-0 advantage in the match, before wrapping up a clean sweep with a 25-17 outcome in the third set.
Bailey Le Breton highlighted the Riverhawks’ hitting game with a team-leading eight kills.
Kayla Seibel added four kills, and both Sierra Watson and Jodi Thomasian each dropped two kills, two service aces and four digs, as TD tallied 17 kills and made 19 errors on 45 swings.
Hannah Wallis totaled 15 assists, a kill and three digs, Lindsi Logue followed up with three aces and four digs, Kilee Hoylman added 11 digs and Jocelyn Hernandez finished with three digs.
With the loss, The Dalles (2-6, 1-2) is entrenched in third place in the CRC standings.
TD travels to Hermiston (5-6, 2-1) for a league match at 6:30 p.m.
After that tilt, they then head out to Pendleton (1-6, 0-3) for a match at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.