Tribe loses state playoff match in three games

The Scappoose Lady Indians didn’t have their best volleyball outing of the season, and that’s what they needed at La Grande on Saturday.

La Grande posted a 25-8, 25-22, 25-18 win over Scappoose, eliminating the Tribe from the final state bracket.

“Traveling across the state back-to-back weekends is tough, but we don’t use it as an excuse,” Scappoose coach Mark Sprenger said. “We played a very quality opponent who plays great defense and served really tough. Our stats weren’t the best we have had this year, but I give a lot of credit to La Grande—they played really well.”

Scappoose was just 20 percent hitting (20 of 101), and was 43 of 50 serving (86 percent). They were 58 of 70 passing for 83 percent, and had five aces and three blocks.

“We needed to be at our absolute best on Saturday and we did not get it done,” Sprenger added. “I am extremely proud of my team. They had an incredible season. It would have been nice to play next weekend, but I am not going to let that take away some of the great accomplishments we had. We tied for second in what I believe is the toughest 4A volleyball league in the state. We had quality wins against two of the teams still playing (Astoria and Elmira). Overall it was an awesome year.”

Scappoose finished the season in a three-way tie for second in the Cowapa League. They had a 14-10 record overall, after having just one win the previous year.

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