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Dufur grabs a pair of sweeps to start league

Rangers defeat Condon and Mitchell-Spray last week

Dufur volleyball player Maddy Smith returns a dig in varsity action last season. Thursday in Spray, the Lady Rangers moved their league record to 2-0 with a sweep over Mitchell-Spray by scores of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-11.

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Dufur volleyball player Maddy Smith returns a dig in varsity action last season. Thursday in Spray, the Lady Rangers moved their league record to 2-0 with a sweep over Mitchell-Spray by scores of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-11.



Following a 3-2 showing at last weekend’s Dufur Classic Tournament, the Dufur volleyball team kicked off its league slate with sweep victories over Condon-Wheeler and Mitchell-Spray.

The Lady Rangers left nothing to chance in Thursday’s league contest at Spray against Mitchell-Spray, running away by final scores of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-11.

Mikayla Kelly notched 10 kills and two aces, Trinity Blake added four kills and eight aces and Sydnee Byers was good for six kills and two aces.

Maddy Smith had a kill and three aces, Kalie Ellis tallied four kills and both reaghan Smith and Shai Lucas posted one ace serve apiece.

In Tuesday’s home match versus Condon-Wheeler, Kalie Ellis dropped eight kills and Sydnee Byers added seven kills and a team-leading three aces.

The Rangers used four kills, an ace and a block from Mikayla Kelly, two aces by Maddy Smith, three aces out of Byers, and three kills off the hands of Ellis in a 25-15 opening-set win.

In the second set, Dufur overcame six kill errors and three missed serves to pick up a 25-20 victory to go ahead, 2-0.

Ahead by two sets, Dufur put the finishing touches in the finale with a 25-14 edge to lock down the sweep.

Freshman Emily Crawford carried the load with four kills and two aces, Byers and Ellis chipped in two kills apiece and Kelly tallied a kill and a block in the third set.

“This was a hard-fought game with lots of unpredictable balls coming over the net,” Dufur coach Kristin Whitley said. “It took us some time to adjust the more difficult reads. My outside hitters, Sydnee and Emily, and my middle hitters, Mikayla and Kalie, really stepped up to find holes on the court that were not being covered by the defense.”

Kelly totaled six kills, two blocks and an ace, Bailey had a kill and three aces, and Trinity Blake filled in with a kill and an ace to round out Dufur’s statistical leaders.

The Rangers (6-3 overall, 2-0 league) played at the Griswold Tournament over the weekend.

After that, Dufur hosts Ione at 5 p.m. next Thursday, before wrapping up volleyball action next Saturday at Damascus Christian.



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