David Douglas defeats the Pioneers 25-9, 25-21, 25-18
by: Chris Krieger, Sandy leader Kristen Beatty in action versus David Douglas.

It was game three.

Sandy was down two games to zero.

Then came the volley from eternity.

The Pioneers and David Douglas sent the ball back and forth for what seemed like eons.

Eventually, despite the effort of Sandy's Staci Larson, the ball shot out-of-bounds and the Scots tied up the game 8-8.

'Oh my goodness,' Sandy coach Chris Meyers said. '(That) was good volleyball.'

The Scots went on to win the game 25-18 and the match (3-0).

'They're a fantastic team,' Meyers said. 'They have a couple of girls who can just wail.'

Those girls include outside hitters Raluca Dinca and Deidre Costello, middle hitter Emily Strong, and setter Tabbie Smith.

All played integral roles in the Scots' victory Thursday, Oct. 19 at Sandy High School.

Costello served eight straight points in the first game, giving David Douglas the foundation for a 25-9 win.

And Strong served five straight points in the same game to build upon Costello's work.

Sandy, however, was playing hurt all night.

The Pioneers' emotional leader - outside hitter Kristen Beatty - played despite a bad ankle.

Beatty, though, contributed several nice shots throughout the evening, including a fantastic leaping kill in the third game.

That kill preceded a series in which Beatty served three straight points.

Was she able to block out the pain?

'I guess so,' she said. 'It's our last couple of games, so I thought I'd try.'

The Pioneers also received several nice defensive performances despite the loss.

Setter Emma Johnson and outside hitter Leslie Sayles provided an impenetrable wall on a couple of occasions, and defensive specialist McKenna Flood helped the Pioneers regroup nicely on a couple of occasions with key digs.

Looking ahead: Sandy finishes its season Thursday Oct. 26 at Centennial.

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