Tribe girls come from behind twice for two big volleyball wins

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Nicole Andreotti (4) and Cassidy Herb (7) have the ball double covered during last week's match with La Salle. Just a year ago the Scappoose Lady Indians could hardly buy a match win. They’d win a game here or there, but on all but one occasion they would lose the match.

It’s a much different story this year. They are 5-3 overall, but two of those losses came from shortened tournament matches. They’ve only lost once outside of tournaments.

This past week, Scappoose twice came from behind. They beat La Salle on Tuesday, and Thursday they came from two games down to beat Tillamook in their first Cowapa League match of the season.

Coach Mark Sprenger returned to coaching the team after a two-year absence, as a last minute replacement for departed Coach Amy McNeil. Sprenger is pretty happy with the squad.

“I truly believe the Tuesday night match really helped us believe we could win the close ones,” Sprenger said. “It is a long season and we will be back next week working hard.”

The team was just 28 percent hitting with 46 of 165, but 88 percent serving with 12 aces (101/115). They were 76 of 91 passing (84 percent), and had seven blocks.

The Lady Indians would have a more important come-from-behind win on Thursday night at previously-unbeaten Tillamook.

Scappoose fell behind by two games, 19-25 and 14-25, and it was not looking good. They came back to win two tight games, 25-20, 25-23, and then prevailed 15-13 after trailing in the final game.

“The girls showed tremendous heart (last night), Sprenger said. “After falling behind by two games, the girls played absolutely amazing. Winning at Tillamook is not an easy feat, but the girls responded when it mattered.”

He added, “We took a 9-3 lead in the final game before Tillamook came back and took the lead 11-10 and once again we clawed back and won a close match. The volleyball team is looking forward to having two home league games next week.”

Scappoose was 41 of 134 hitting (31 percent) and 78 of 90 serving with eight aces (87 percent). They were 76 of 87 (87 percent) passing and had eight blocks.

The Tillamook game left Scappoose tied with Astoria and Banks at 1-0 in the league. Astoria is 8-1 on the season, ranked fifth, and has lost just four of 21 games. Scappoose has moved up to 12th overall in the rankings. Tillamook was 6-0 going into Thursday’s match.

The Lady Indians hosted Banks on Tuesday and hosts Seaside this Thursday.

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