Tuesday, September 10, 2013
PERRYDALE - Perrydale has opened the season where it left off last year, dominating the Casco League, albeit with a different type of team."It's a whole different team from last year with varying abilities," Perrydale coach Brooke Klaudt said. "We filled in some holes, but also lost some talented players - overall I think the results will be the same."The Pirates have yet to drop a set in league play, defeating Crosshill Christian 25-9, 25-7, 25-8 on Thursday. Monday evening the Pirates opened their home schedule against Falls City/Kings Valley and dispatched them in convincing fashion, 25-18, 25-10, 25-9, behind the play and leadership of middle hitter Hannah Mitchell."The team is really starting to come together and Hannah has really stepped up her play and communication to be a leader on the court," Klaudt said."In the past we had a problem losing points in bunches, this year we are better at shutting rallies down," Mitchell said. "We have a different type of team from last year, but if we play at our pace we can still be successful."On the other hand, the young Falls City/KVCS Mountaineers have yet to win a set early in the 2013 season, but coach Roxi Barnhart is hoping the team can gain some much needed experience."Right now we need to work on our communication as a team and that will help us in the long run," Barnhart said.In other action: DALLAS WINS TOURNEY: The Dragons traveled to Madison of Portland for a tournament on Saturday and after a less-than-stellar 2012 campaign they leveled the field, winning the tournament without dropping a set.Dallas defeated Madison 25-5, 25-6, 25-8 and Hood River Valley 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 in pool play. In bracket play the Dragons once again defeated Hood River 25-12, 26-24, and took down McNary in the final 25-21, 25-15."I am very proud of our girls, they were able to overcome the adversity of losing Chanel Bailey in the middle during the third match and still go on to win," Dallas coach Shana Lavier said. "Taylor Dodge was great all-around, she did everything we asked her to," Lavier said. Photo by Landon Kafka Bailey Dallas also had strong contributions from Kaylie Barcroft who "pounded the ball all day," along with Danielle Remington and Amanda Dankenbring. All three played the entirety of the tournament."Just the endurance to play all those games by those girls was amazing," Lavier said. CENTRAL STRUGGLES EARLY: Central opened its season at the Cascade Tournament and struggled to find its rhythm.The Panthers dropped matches to Sisters and Scappoose in pool play before defeating North Marion. They faced off against Newport in the first round of bracket play and bowed out."We struggled on defense, but the girls showed they have a lot of potential if they can execute and clean up some of the mistakes," Central coach Claudine Mendazona said. Julia Kenyon had a great all-around tournament racking up 18 assists, and 15 kills.