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Lady Indians force volleyball playoff

Tribe forces playoff with win over Astoria; tops YC, Seaside


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Phlycia Haigh goes up for a kill during the Tribe's match with Astoria on Monday. The match was the last of the regular season, and put the Lady Indians in a three-way tie with Astoria and Tillamook.  Playoffs were scheduled for Tuesday in Banks, and Wednesday if needed.

The Scappoose Lady Indians came up with a big three-game volleyball win over Astoria on Monday night to force a three-way playoff for second and third place in the Cowapa League.

UPDATE:

The Scappoose Lady Indians lost to Astoria Tuesday and were to play Tillamook for third on Wednesday.

The Tribe won a hard-fought first game over Astoria, 27-25, and then cruised to 25-12 and 25-18 wins.

“We played an incredible match tonight. Our defense was incredible and our passing was nearly perfect. I am so proud of this group of girls. Last time we played Astoria we hit something like 15 percent kills, we hit really well tonight 33 percent which is one of the best nights we have had,” Scappoose Coach Mark Sprenger said.

The Lady Indians won a coin toss for the playoffs giving them a bye, while Tillamook and Astoria play at 5 p.m. If Scappoose beats the winner, they will be second. If not, they’ll play for third on Wednesday night. The playoffs will be held in Banks.

Last week, Scappoose kept themselves in the running for a state play-in berth with wins over Seaside and Yamhill-Carlton.

Scappoose moved up two spots in the OSAA rankings to 17th with the win over Astoria. The top 24 teams get a play-in berth. Fourth-ranked Banks has clinched the league championship and will skip the play-ins.

Sprenger wasn’t overly thrilled with the Lady Indians’ win over Seaside.

“We did not play particularly well on the road against Seaside,” he said, “but we will definitely take the win. We really needed our serve receive to be much better than 83 percent for the match.”

Scappoose downed the Lady Gulls in three games, 25-14, 25-19, 25-21.

The team was 18 of 65 hitting (28 percent), 65 of 74 serving (88 percent), 34 of 41 passing (83 percent), and had two blocks and 17 aces.

Sprenger also didn’t like the way the Tribe began their match against last-place Yamhill-Carlton.

“We did not start well. This is going to be a point of emphasis from now on,” he said. “We must start the match with more intensity then we have. We had a key player out of game one which makes it difficult when girls are playing in different positions, but we rebounded nicely in the final three games. I was very pleased to see improvement in serve receive passing and our kill percentage was a season high 35%. We have some big games ahead of us. Astoria on Monday is huge, a must win.”

Scappoose beat YC, 21-25, 25-8, 25-12, 25-16. The Tribe was 25 of 80 hitting (35 percent), 80 of 94 serving (85 percent), 44 of 49 passing (90 percent), and had four blocks and 16 aces.