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Prep volleyball roundup: Dragons building momentum for stretch run

DALLAS - Momentum is a double-edged sword for a sports team, great if you have it, but not if you don't - the Dallas volleyball team has it. Monday night the Dragons welcomed Mid-Willamette foe South Albany to Dallas and were able use its solid showing at a tournament in North Salem on Saturday to avenge an early season loss to the Rebels. "We are running a few new plays offensively and tonight everything meshed together amazingly," Dallas coach Shana Lavier said. Mesh together it did as the Dragons pulled no punches, downing the Rebels 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-13) in about an hour. After winning the first two sets, the Dragons weren't about to let this one slip away. Dallas stayed on the Rebels, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the third behind the serving of Amanda Dankenbring. "We don't want to feel like we did last week ever again," Taylor Dodge said referring to the 5-set match the Dragons lost against Lebanon after winning the first two sets."The coaches have been telling us to never let up and stay positive no matter what happens," Danielle Remington added. Senior Kiley Barcroft led the Dragons with 16 kills on the night. She also tallied 13 digs and had five of 16 Dallas aces Monday night. Remington and Dodge led the Dragons defensively with 15 and 13 digs respectively. Saturday the Dragons turned things around in North Salem as they split against North Eugene (25-15, 23-25) beat Springfield (25-16, 25-12), split against North Salem (19-25, 25-22) and then went on to defeat McKay in the semi-final (25-14, 25-16) before losing to a strong Cleveland squad in the championship 25-16, 25-9.The tournament showing along with a win against Silverton 3-2 (20-25, 30-28, 25-21, 22-25, 15-8) has the Dragons ranked 18th in the latest OSAA power rankings and in position for a playoff spot, which was definitely on the minds of the coaches and players. "We know where we are at now," Remington said. "If we keep improving our offense - we should have a good chance of at least making the playoffs." Dallas hosts West Albany Wednesday (today) before heading to Corvallis Tuesday to start the final four matches in the conference schedule. CENTRAL DROPS TWO IN LEAGUE: After two big wins in the Oregon West last week the Panthers weren't able to keep it going on the road against Newport and Philomath. Central lost 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20) to Newport Oct. 1 and then 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) to Philomath Thursday. Against Newport, Catherine Cutsforth led the team with 12 kills and Kylie Nash had 25 assists. In Philomath, Paris Orin tallied 10 kills, Julia Kenyon led the team with four blocks and Nash had 22 assists. In bracket play at the Junction City tournament Saturday, the Panthers defeated Junction City 25-10, 25-12 and were upended by Creswell 25-19, 25-16. The Panthers are 2-4 in league going into their final four conference matches which started Oct. 8 at Cascade and continues at home Tuesday against Taft.


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