The Lady Bowmen move to 2-1 in NWOC play with a 25-9, 25-19, 25-17 win
HILLSBORO - The unity seems to be there. So does the teamwork.
And, coming along with those, are the victories.
The Sherwood High School volleyball team continued its strong early-season play by rolling to a 25-9, 25-19, 25-17 win over Hillsboro in a Northwest Oregon Conference match played Tuesday at Hillsboro High School.
'We've got good team chemistry,' Sherwood junior setter Megan Van Noy said after the victory. 'We all get along real well. That really helps us. We all understand each other on the court.'
With the victory, the Lady Bowmen improved to 2-1 in NWOC play.
'That means a lot to us,' Sherwood senior middle blocker Cheri Loranzana said. 'Sherwood hasn't been known for volleyball in a while, and we want to make a name for ourselves.'
Hillsboro, which dropped to 0-3 in league matches, gave the Lady Bowmen a battle in the opening game of the contest. The Spartans tied the game at 7-7 on a kill by senior Chelsi Lehman. But that's when Sherwood took off.
With junior Meagan Anderson serving, the Lady Bowmen scored nine unanswered points to claim a 16-7 lead. Loranzana had three kills during the scoring run, all off sets by Van Noy. Senior outside hitter Whitney Ladzick also recorded a kill during the scoring spree.
With Ladzick, Loranzana and junior Brooke Davis controlling play at the net, Sherwood pushed its first-game lead to 23-9.
The Bowmen then wrapped up their first-game 25-9 victory on back to back points on serve by senior Katrina Krempley.
Sherwood kept its momentum going in the second game. With Van Noy serving, the Lady Bowmen, getting a kill and a block by Davis and a block by sophomore Lauren Codling, sprinted out to a quick 4-0 lead.
The Spartans rallied to tie the game at 13-13, but Sherwood wouldn't let the home team claim the lead.
The Lady Bowmen quickly regained their advantage, at 14-13, on a kill by senior Emily Bailey off a set by Van Noy. From there Sherwood pushed the margin to 21-17.
The Lady Bowmen eventually won the second game 25-19 with Krempley, again, serving the final two points.
Hillsboro, not wanting to be swept, came out strong to start the third game. The Spartans sprinted out to a 7-1 lead. But that didn't seem to bother Sherwood.
'We weren't worried,' Loranzana said. 'We just kept trying to do our best.'
That plan worked out just fine for Sherwood. The Lady Bowmen rallied to tie the game at 10-10 on a kill by Codling off a set by Van Noy. The two teamed up again on the very next point to give Sherwood its first lead of the game, at 11-10.
Sherwood upped its lead to 14-11 on a kill by Ladzick and, later, to 21-14 on a kill by Codling. The score was 24-17 when the Lady Bowmen put the game, and the match, away on a kill by Codling.
'We have a lot of good ball control,' Loranzana said. 'We went out and played hard. Megan does a great job setting. She gets us all involved. She knows where we're at.'
'It's nice to be able to depend on our hitters and our passers,' Van Noy said.
'The girls were very efficient tonight,' Sherwood coach Steve Suttich said. 'Megan ran the offense exactly as we wanted her to and it's nice to have two good middle hitters in Cheri and Lauren. We're right where we want to be.'
In addition to the win over Hillsboro, Sherwood also scored a 25-12, 25-11, 25-17 win over St. Helens in a league match played last Thursday.