Tuesday, November 1, 2011
DALLAS -- The Dallas volleyball team completed its regular season with a split last week, defeating Silverton 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and losing a five-set match to Lebanon 25-27, 25-16, 24-26, 25-13, 15-13 on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The Dragons were scheduled to travel to Bend to face highly regarded Summit High on Tuesday evening, Nov. 1, in a Class 5A play-in match. If the Dragons win that match, they would move on to the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Dallas finished the regular season 5-9 in Mid-Willamette Conference play and 7-10 overall.
In the Silverton victory, Dallas coach Cathy McCarron noted that "The girls came out strong, and that led to us winning the first game."
McCarron said that her team hadn't played well the previous week. "We finally played the way we've been playing, the way we started the year," she said.
Freshman Amanda Dankenbring led the Dragons with 12 kills, while junior Dani Ackerman had an excellent passing game with 18 assists. Dallas' serving game was also strong, with junior Deaven Vessell leading with 12 service points and sophomore Kiley Barcroft contributing four aces.
Barcroft also displayed her all-around game by leading the Dragons with 23 digs.
In the match on Thursday, the Dragons were bolstered by many of their peers, as a rooter bus full of students made the trip to Lebanon to cheer on the team in their last regular-season match. Coach McCarron was clearly moved by the student support.
"The support we received was amazing," she said. "I wish we had a league award for fan support, because this year our fans would have won it."
She noted that the rowdy Dallas student section introduced themselves to the Lebanon crowd and players with their own introductory cheer and that the Dallas fans had "faith in their team."
The Dragons came up a bit short, but were able to extend the Warriors to a hard-fought five-set match before falling.
Vessell led Dallas with 12 kills, while Barcroft added 10 kills. The Dragons passed the ball extremely well, with senior Shaymarie Parker leading with 19 assists and Ackerman adding 17 assists. Caitlyn McCarron led the Dragons with nine service points.
Defensively, Vessell paced Dallas with nine blocks and Kelsey Linn and Barcroft contributed 15 and 19 digs, respectively.