DALLAS -- Dallas' volleyball team remained at .500 in Mid-Willamette Conference play last week by splitting a pair of league matches.
The Lady Dragons rolled past host Woodburn 25-14, 25-13, 26-24 Sept. 22 but then lost to visiting Silverton 22-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11 two days later.
Silverton (5-2 overall, 4-0 MWC) entered the week tied with West Albany for the league lead and is listed No. 5 in the Class 5A coaches poll.
"We played them pretty close," DHS coach Molly Fennimore said. "The girls played a tough match. Silverton is a good team. The first two games, we came out and played real hard. We won the first one, and the second was neck-and-neck until the end. We got a little lead in the third game, and all of a sudden the girls looked tired. I don't know what it was. We never really recovered.
"But Silverton is undefeated in league, and there's a reason for that. You hate to lose, but the girls played hard and they should be proud of how they played."
Sophie Stewart paced Dallas (3-2 overall, 2-2 MWC) with nine kills and nine blocks. Hannah Frederick finished with 20 assists, and Ashley Guidone had 21 of Dallas' 85 digs.
"We played tough defense," Fennimore said. "Silverton's coach (Kirsten Barnes) told me that was the best defense she's seen from a Dallas team. She's been coaching there for a while, so that's a nice compliment."
Woodburn has yet to win a match this season but did manage to make Dallas work a bit in game three.
"Woodburn has a couple of big hitters," Fennimore said. "They came out in the third game and started to make things interesting. We took the girls aside and told them it was time to take care of business, and they did."