VOLLEYBALL-Pioneers still learning how to play with lead

The Sandy Pioneers' girl's volleyball team believes that physically they have the ability to be competitive in the Northwest Oregon Conference-it's the mental side that's been the challenge.

When leading late in games, the rebuilding Pioneers, repeatedly, become tense, leading to opponents staging comebacks. And last Thursday, they, again, struggled to hold a lead.

Trailing by two games, the Pioneers (1-8, 1-7) surprisingly stole the third game in convincing fashion.

The match seemed to be heading to a fifth game with the Pioneers leading by eight and needing just five points to win the game.

But all-too-common nightmares reappeared, as the Pioneers couldn't close the fourth game, falling to Parkrose, 3-1.

'We got to learn how to win,' Pioneers' head coach Chris Meyers said. 'We got to get to those situations, and we're there. It's a learning experience for us. That's what I told them in the locker room. I said, 'at least we're putting ourselves where we get to learn.''

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