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Volleyball teams jockeying for district spots

No. 19 SWC is neck and neck with Echo for first

Kyrsten Sprouse and the South Wasco County Redsides jumped into second place in the Big Sky Conference after posting four-set wins versus Sherman and Dufur this week. SWC hosted its annual tournament this weekend.

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Kyrsten Sprouse and the South Wasco County Redsides jumped into second place in the Big Sky Conference after posting four-set wins versus Sherman and Dufur this week. SWC hosted its annual tournament this weekend.


Sherman senior Desiree Winslow smashes a kill during Tuesday’s match versus South Wasco County. The Huskies had their first league loss in four games.


Dufur setter Trinity Blake returns a volley in a varsity match at Dufur High School. The Lady Rangers are fourth in the Big Sky standings with seven matches left.

MORO – South Wasco County jumped up to No. 19 in the rankings and second place in the Big Sky Conference after picking up a pair of four-game victories against Sherman and Dufur this week.

Thursday, SWC was in Dufur for a match with the Lady Rangers, and Kyrsten Sprouse put up eight kills, 10 digs and seven aces, Madisen Davis tallied seven kills and 23 digs, and Jada Myers had eight kills, 10 digs and seven blocks in a four-game victory.

The Redsides and Rangers traded wins in the first two games, with SWC scoring a 26-24 decision and Dufur rebounding for a 25-21 triumph to even the match at 1-apiece.

As the match wore on, however, the Lady Redsides imposed their will, gaining final output of 25-12 and 25-17 to come out on top.

Hailey Anderson garnered nine digs, three blocks and three aces, Reese Millis had three kills and nine digs, Jade McCoy whistled home four kills and Jenna Wraught racked up 33 assists to go with a kill and four digs.

“We have girls who are filling their roles very nicely,” SWC head coach Crystal Pechanec said. “This team has athletes with years of experience and some freshman who have come in and done a fantastic job. When you have everyone meshing together the way we have, it makes it fun to see what they will accomplish later in the year.”

Dufur’s Mikayla Kelly led her squad with seven kills, an ace and 27 digs, Sydnee Byers totaled seven kills, an ace and 19 digs, and Kayla Bailey ended up with 31 digs and 14 assists.

Kalie Ellis notched six kills and four digs, Zoe Hester went for two kills, two aces and 14 digs, and Trinity Blake tacked on four kills, an ace, 18 digs and 12 assists.

“I was happy to see pass placement improve tonight over our game versus Echo,” Dufur coach Kristin Whitley said. “Now, we need to put it together and work on consistency through the entire set.”

SWC nets road win in Moro

Tuesday in Moro, Myers dominated the net with 16 kills, seven blocks, three digs and an ace, and Wraught dished off 34 assists in SWC’s road win over Sherman.

Sherman won the opening game by a 25-17 margin, but South Wasco County followed up with scores of 25-17, 25-22 and 25-21 to secure the victory.

“I am so excited with the way this team is playing right now,” SWC head coach Crystal Pechanec said. “They are passing and serving well, and we are getting kills from so many different girls. Jada was on fire in the third game, we did a great job of getting her the ball to get her shots down. It was impressive to watch.”

Sprouse had four kills, five digs and four aces, Davis tallied four kills, seven digs and two aces, and Millis checked in with four kills, four digs and an ace.

McCoy totaled three kills, Holly Miles added a block, and Anderson ended up with three kills, three digs, two aces and a block, as SWC notched 35 kills and converted 83 of 90 serves with 11 aces.

Sherman came up with three straight league victories, until Tuesday, which gave first-year head coach Karissa Gorham feelings of optimism.

“There’s a long season left. We are not going to dwell on this loss and let it get to us,” Gorham said. “We will put this behind us and focus on the rest of our matches. I think this loss will push our girls even harder. We know what we fell short on and we will go even harder to make sure those mistakes don’t happen again. I look forward to seeing how they respond.”

Third-place Sherman (5-5 overall, 3-1 league) played in Fossil versus Condon-Wheeler on Friday.

After that, the Huskies were in Maupin for the Redside Tournament.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sherman makes a trip to Dufur for a league showdown.

“We had a good start in league and I think we are capable of much more,” Gorham added. “We have goals in mind and I think we have the talent here to get to where we want to go.”

After Saturday’s Redside Tournament, SWC (11-7, 4-1) hosts Mitchell-Spray at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Dufur loses in five to Echo

Tuesday in Echo, the Dufur volleyball team stood toe-to-toe with the first-place Echo Cougars and nearly came away with a gritty road victory.

The Rangers ended up losing in five games, so head coach Kristin Whitley was feeling good about the direction her program is headed.

“In the end, it was a battle, which I was glad the girls fought their way through it,” Whitley said. “It was a learning opportunity, and now we can focus on some weak points, and iron them out before we meet up again.”

Mikayla Kelly had an all-around effort with eight kills, four aces, a block, an assist and a team-high 19 digs.

Sydnee Byers notched eight kills, an ace and eight digs and Trinity Blake posted five kills, an ace, 11 assists and nine digs, and Kayla Bailey reeled off an ace, eight assists and 11 digs.

Emily Crawford had two aces and 10 digs, Maddy Smith tallied two kills, four aces and six digs.

Also for Dufur, Zoe Hester had three digs, and Kalie Ellis dropped three kills for the Rangers, who rallied for 26 kills, 66 digs and 13 aces with a season-low eight errors for a 90.6 percentage.


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