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Perrydale's Sarah Nelson tries to hit around the block of St. Paul's Delaney Sump
September 24, 2013
PERRYDALE - Casco League rival St. Paul visited Perrydale on Thursday evening in what is usually a highly contested match that often determines the conference champion.
This season, Perrydale was a little over matched and after they were downed in a close first set 25-23, after that the young squad lost its confidence and were beaten in the next two 25-8, 25-12.
"We are young and sometimes it is tough to keep that fire going after losing such a close first set," Perrydale volleyball coach Brooke Klaudt said. "We know we can't always come back every match so it is important to get that confidence early and keep the momentum going."
That young group seemed a little out of their element after competing well, yet still falling in the first game.
"We didn't think of this as just another game, so we might have got down on ourselves after losing the first one and then started over thinking things," sophomore defensive specialist Anna McGill said.
Senior middle blocker/hitter Delaney Sump was a force in the middle for St. Paul racking up 14 kills and six blocks to lead the team.
"I felt like our block coverage and hitting was good in the first set, but in the second and third we weren't really working our system and let St. Paul play its game," outside hitter Hannah Mitchell said.
"It's a lot of teaching this year, and one of the things we have to learn is how to stay up emotionally in games and take cues from our leaders," Klaudt said.
The Pirates rebounded to drop Willamette Valley Christian in straight sets 25-20, 25-8 25-18.
Tuesday they hosted Country Christian and Tuesday they will play Veritas at home.
DRAGONS DROP TWO: Dallas traveled to No. 1 West Albany Sept. 17 and were swept in three sets 25-15, 25-10, 25-21. The Dragons then hosted No. 10 Corvallis on Thursday and were taken down in four sets 23-25, 25-19 25-15, 25-16.
Senior outside hitter Kiley Barcroft led the team against West Albany with 12 kills and 21 digs. Setter Amanda Dankenbring tallied 18 assists and sophomore outside hitter Reagan Davis had three aces. In the Corvallis match, Barcroft had 16 kills and 28 digs.
CENTRAL DEFEATED TWICE AT HOME: The schedule was unkind to the Panthers this week as they faced the top two teams in the Oregon West Conference. On Sept. 17 they hosted Philomath and lost in straight sets 25-18, 26-24, 25-21. Senior middle blocker Catherine Cutsforth and junior outside hitter Parin Orin each tallied five kills in the match.
The Panthers are 1-6 this season, and 0-2 in the Oregon West Conference. They will look for a victory this week as they host Stayton on Thursday before traveling to Newport on Tuesday.
FALLS CITY WINS TWO, NOW THIRD IN CASCO: An unexpected bright spot is emerging in the Casco League. Falls City went into last week in the middle of the league standings and pulled off two more league wins. on Sept. 17 the Mountaineers hosted Jewell and won in four sets, 25-10, 14-25, 25-12, 25-13. On Thursday Willamette Valley Christian made the trip to Falls City, only to be swept out of the gym in three sets, 25-17, 25-14, 26-24. Falls City is off to one of its best starts in recent history and look to keep their five game winning streak going when they host St. Paul Wednesday.