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Tribe volleyball team has busy week

Team makes 4A state playoff bracket with win at Baker


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Lexine Loos goes up for a hit during one of the Tribe's two matches with Astoria last week. Scappoose finished third in the  Cowapa League and advanced to state with a play-in win at Baker.The Scappoose Lady Indians played a lot of volleyball last week, won three of four matches, and advanced to the state playoffs.

Scappoose ended up third in the Cowapa League and then travelled to Baker for a minor upset of the No. 2 Greater Oregon League team. They won in four games, 26-24, 17-25, 25-13, and 25-20.

The team was 35 of 135 hitting, 88 of 93 (94 percent) serving, 66 of 75 passing (88 percent), with six blocks and 12 aces.

“Traveling across the state and playing a volleyball game on another team’s home court is not easy,” Coach Mark Sprenger said. “There were five play-in games on Saturday and we were the only road team to win.”

Sprenger was pleased with the effort. “I give these girls a lot of credit. They truly played as a team. Our serving was outstanding and we served tough with 12 aces. I would have liked to have seen our hitting percentage a little higher, but at this point we will take the road victory.”

In other play-in games on Saturday North Bend, Henley, Douglas and Tillamook were eliminated. Sutherlin, Madras, Scappoose and Cascade moved on to the state bracket. There were also three other play-ins still to be played: Stayton at Elmira, La Salle at Astoria, and Ridgeview at Cottage Grove.

Once the play-ins are done, the 16-team state bracket will be set. Scappoose anticipates a Saturday game, and will play on the road. If all the other home teams win, then Scappoose would be paired with Banks. Since teams don’t have to play a league opponent in the first round, they probably would go to La Grande, or perhaps Sisters.

“Now it is time to prepare to play a very tough opponent on the road,” Sprenger said. “The team will be ready.”

The Lady Indians forced a three-way playoff in the league with a three-game win over Astoria last Monday night. Last Tuesday, the Lady Indians had to play Astoria a second time. Astoria beat Tillamook, and then posted a 25-21, 25-9, 25-9 victory over Scappoose. The Tribe won a coin flip for the bye.

“We played Astoria on Tuesday after they had defeated Tillamook in four games,” Sprenger said. “We played well in the first game...and then we completely fell apart defensively.”

The loss set up a game between Tillamook and Scappoose on Wednesday, also at Banks.

Sprenger said the match with Tillamook meant nothing to Scappoose since they were going to Baker win or lose. Tillamook wanted a win so they could host a home game. Still, the Lady Indians found a way to beat them.

Scappoose was flat in the first game, Sprenger said, losing 13-25. They came back to earn a 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 15-10 victory over the last four games.