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- David Ball
- Gresham Outlook - Sports
6A VOLLEYBALL - Net infraction decides match point in Barlow's win
TROUTDALE - Reynolds had just dumped the ball in the middle of Barlow's court, prompting shrieks of celebration as the Raiders fought off their fifth match point of the night. That excitement was silenced when the referee made a quiet gesture on the sideline, calling Reynolds for touching the net. After a brief pause to confirm her call, match-point and a hard-fought five-set victory was awarded to the Bruins.
'They way my kids reacted out there, I have a hard time believing anyone went into the net - it's unfortunate,' Reynolds coach Debbie Swoboda said.
Barlow's Margaret Paul converted a block and a kill to start the fifth set, and the Bruins stretched out to an 8-4 lead. But Reynolds battled back, tying the score eight times down the stretch to send the game into extra points. Barlow's Kaylee Ree nearly ended the night with an ace, but Reynolds Brenna Huwe made a diving save in the front row to keep the point alive.
Barlow setter Becky Sheller fed the ball to Meg Marlett for a series of kills out of the middle to force additional match points but Reynolds had the answer each time....
Look for full match coverage in the Oct. 22, edition of The Outlook.