Lady Dragons fall just short of postseason

The volleyball team falls in its season finale.



DALLAS -- Dallas fell to visiting West Albany 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 Oct. 29, leaving the team one victory short of the volleyball playoffs.

"Yes, it was frustrating," DHS coach Molly Fennimore said. "Nobody likes to lose, and it's always good when you make it to the playoffs. But it was a fun season, and I think we've taken a step in the right direction.

"We started off 2-5 (in Mid-Willamette Conference play) and we ended up 4-3, so we definitely improved during the course of the season. Next year, it won't be a problem. We'll make the playoffs."

West Albany had nothing to play for against Dallas. It was coming off a loss to Silverton that determined the league championship. The Lady Bulldogs were locked into second place regardless of what happened against Dallas but played a strong match nonetheless.

"They played hard," Fennimore said. "We went in with the mentality we were going to win the game and go to the playoffs. We never gave up the whole time during all three games. West Albany's a good team. They've been tied for first place all season. They had no holes we could hit. It didn't matter where we served the ball. They were passing it.

Dallas started the week Oct. 27 with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 win at Lebanon, a team it lost to during the first half of league play.

Maddie Stewart paced Dallas with 10 kills, 12 digs and four blocks. Sophie Stewart and Shelby Phelps finished with four blocks apiece. Hannah Frederick distributed 27 assists, and Dakota Herrick recorded four service aces.

"That was a easy match for us," Fennimore said. "We went in there thinking we were going to have a big battle, and it actually was pretty easy. It made you think, 'Gosh. We should have beaten them the first time around.' The girls knew they had to win, and they came ready."



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