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Riverhawk volleyball squad ready to flip the switch

Team has four league tilts left to make its final push

The Dalles volleyball players, from left to right, Breanna Birchfield and Maggie Justesen split two matches this week, taking a sweep over Redmond and then lost in four games at home Thursday night versus the No. 9-ranked Hood River Valley Eagles.

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The Dalles volleyball players, from left to right, Breanna Birchfield and Maggie Justesen split two matches this week, taking a sweep over Redmond and then lost in four games at home Thursday night versus the No. 9-ranked Hood River Valley Eagles.



The Dalles and Hood River Valley squared off at Kurtz Gym Thursday for a league contest, with the No. 9-ranked Eagles using the play of Katie Kennedy and Emily Curtis to pick up a four-game win.

HRV won the first game, 25-20, but the Riverhawks played one of their best sets of the season in No. 2, as they led 8-7 at one point and reeled off a 17-6 run to take hold of a 25-13 victory to even things up at 1-all.

Hood River (9-3 overall, 3-2 league) finished out with scores of 25-21 and 25-17 to seal for its third consecutive league win.

“We played with a lot of heart today,” TD head coach Neticia Fanene said. “It was a lot of fun to watch. They were going all out and giving it their best on every point. Hood River is just a solid team. They don’t make a lot of errors, and so we just need to capitalize on those chances we have and keep them out of system.”

Bailey LeBreton posted a team-leading 10 kills, had eight digs and six blocks, and Audrey Synon added nine kills and 15 digs.

Breanna Birchfield totaled five kills, three digs and an ace; Lauryn Belanger tallied five kills, a dig and three blocks; and Charlie May had two kills, two blocks and a dig to pace the Hawks.

Kilee Hoylman had 13 digs and an ace; Lindsi Logue chipped in eight digs and an ace; and Eliana Ortega hit for eight digs.

“We got to keep playing together. We have to keep swinging at the ball; we got to be aggressive and we just got to play together,” May said. “We have all these great pieces, but we just need to figure out how to put it all together, so we can win more games.”

The Dalles had its most lopsided performance in Tuesday’s road win over Redmond (0-11, 0-4), a three-game sweep by marks of 25-13, 27-25 and 25-7.

In that contest, LeBreton whistled home 12 kills, five digs and an ace; Belanger followed with seven kills, and Synon tallied six kills, five digs and five aces.

Birchfield had six kills; Ortega ended her night with two kills and three digs; Lindsi Logue had two aces; Hoylman contributed seven digs, and Jaeden Biehn added four aces.

“On Tuesday, we served very well and didn’t make a lot of errors,” Fanene said. “That gave us an opportunity to take huge leads. That’s how we are going to win.”

The Dalles (3-9, 1-4) hosts No. 2-ranked Crook County (9-3, 3-1) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.



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