Dallas drops tough match at Crescent Valley

The volleyball team is hanging on to its playoff hopes.

DALLAS -- Dallas' bid for a spot in the volleyball playoffs took a hit Oct. 10 when the Lady Dragons lost 26-24, 25-20, 25-19 at Crescent Valley.

Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Silverton, Lebanon and Dallas likely will spend the final portion of the regular season battling for the last three postseason berths in the Mid-Willamette Conference. The top five teams in the league advance to the Class 5A play-in round.

"It was a disappointing loss," Dallas coach Cathy McCarron said of the Crescent Valley match. "Our passing failed us. The girls were a little flat. We just need to be a little more consistent. We're struggling with our passing and our consistency. When we can't pass, we can't play the game like we normally do."

Deaven Vessell of Dallas had a team-high 12 kills and added nine digs. Shaymarie Parker finished with 12 assists. Caitlyn McCarron and Kiley Barcroft combined for 16 digs.

"We were on the defensive most of the time," Cathy McCarron said. "We started out strong in game one, but then it seemed like we could not get the ball to the setter. Our serving was good. We definitely did much better with our serving. We just need to be more consistent."

Dallas also lost 25-11, 25-12, 25-12 Oct. 6 against visiting West Albany. The Lady Bulldogs are the defending league champion and are unbeaten in the MWC this season.

"I was proud of the girls," McCarron said. "The girls played phenomenal defense. West Albany has a great program in place. We knew it was going to be a tough match."

The Lady Dragons also pulled out a 11-25, 25-14, 25-21, 20-25, 15-9 thriller Oct. 4 against visiting Lebanon. Dallas had lost its three previous league matches that went the distance.

"It was nice to be able to win that match," McCarron said. "The girls played great ball. They served well. They were able to be consistent. We got our passes where they needed to be and were able to attack the ball. It all starts with that first pass."

The Lady Dragons next will host Woodburn today (Oct. 12), starting at 6 p.m.


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