Strong in league, weak at Sisters Tournament
No. 1 Estacada crushes No. 3 LaSalle, then loses to 3A Burns in Sisters' quarterfinals
After a hot week playing Capital Conference opponents, the Lady Rangers struggled at the Sisters Tournament Saturday and lost in the quarterfinals to Burns.
'We are struggling with consistency,' said Melanie Hambelton, head coach of the EHS volleyball team.
The Lady Rangers crushed LaSalle last Tuesday and returned home Thursday to roll over the Gladiators in three games.
No. 1 defeats No. 3
EHS's top-ranked volleyball team defeated the third-ranked LaSalle Falcons 3-0 last Tuesday night in Milwaukie.
Estacada's hitters couldn't be stopped.
After beating the Falcons 25-14 in the first game, it was junior middle blocker Caelyn Jackson who blocked the LaSalle attack for the game winning point in game two. The Rangers won 25-19.
Then, in the third game, it was junior middle blocker Shikara White who attacked. She had the first and last kill-and many in between-in the 25-23 win.
LaSalle battled back in game two, scoring five points before the Rangers could score the game winner. And in the third, the Falcons tied the game at 9-all after Estacada had quickly built a 7-3 lead. LaSalle narrowed the Rangers lead again 23-21 and 24-23 before White bounced the silencer off the middle of the court.
White ended the match with 18 kills, six per game. She also had three blocks. Jackson had eight kills and three blocks in her first game back, returning from a knee injury. Devyn Callahan gave her team nine kills and had no errors on the night. Sarah McGregor had two blocks and seven digs. Brittany Barstad had 16 digs and nine perfect passes on serve receive. Samantha Bryan had five digs. Melita Elliot had 16 digs and 23 assists. Kaylene Ricci helped out with five assists.
Gladstone rolls over
The Lady Rangers smashed the Gladiators in three games, all with 25-14 scores.
Kills against the Gladiators were a team effort Thursday night at Susan Campbell Court in Estacada. White had seven, McGregor had seven, Jackson had five, Reilly Schoknecht had two and Jennifer Hager had one.
Estacada served 13 aces against Gladstone. McGregor led the way with five. Elliot and Callahan each had three and Brittany Barstad had two.
'Over all, Estacada hit the ball well, but we were inconsistent on other aspects of the game,' Hambelton said. 'The team needs to learn to push themselves when they get a big lead. I think this group of athletes are going to be tough to beat when they develop a little more consistency and a killer instinct.'
Estacada beat the other teams in its pool, but lost quickly to Burns in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Hilanders, who finished third last year at the 3A OSAA State Championships and continue to play in the 3A league, beat the 4A Lady Rangers 25-21 and 25-7.
EHS did beat eighth-ranked Junction City, Central and split with 10th-ranked Banks during pool play.