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Top-ranked Lady Rangers defeat sixth-ranked Stayton on the road, 25-19, 22-25, 19-25,

No. 1-ranked Estacada defeated no. 7 Stayton in a deciding fifth game last Tuesday. The Lady Rangers won 25-19, 22-25, 19-25, 25-19 and 15-12.

'We won the first game easily and were leading all the way in game two, and led 22-18, but then Stayton went on a seven-point run and the Rangers lost quickly,' said Estacada High School varsity volleyball coach Melanie Hambelton.

Estacada dropped the third game 25-19 to the Capital League opponents, and the night was beginning to get dark for the Lady Rangers, but then there was White.

'It looked bleak after the Rangers lost game three, but they rebounded behind some great hitting and blocking by Shikara White,' said Hambelton.

White had 16 kills and six blocks on the night. Devyn Callahan added 11 kills. Senior setter Melita Elliot had nine kills. She also had 52 assists. Reilly Schoknecht had four kills. Sarah McGregor had two and a block.

'Kaylene Ricci had a great night serving,' Hambelton said.

Ricci had five aces and 24 assists.

Defensively for the Lady Rangers, Brittany Barstad led the team in digs with 15. McGregor followed with 11. Callahan and Schoknecht each added five digs.

'The team is still working on developing consistency, but overall it was great that they came away with a win against a tough opponent in a gym we had never played in before,' Hambelton said. 'We have lots of work to do to become better as a team, but it was great to see the team battle in what was a very hostile environment.'

The victory over Stayton was the defending state champ's league win on the road to defending its title. The girls played at LaSalle High School Tuesday. Results were not available at press time, but can be found online at www.estacadanews.com.

The Capital Conference volleyball season comes home to Campbell Court Thursday, when the Lady Rangers host Gladstone at 6 p.m.