Nikki Andreotti leads the way with eight kills.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior setter Brittany Catlow (12) tips the ball over the net during the Tribe's straight set victory over Yamhill-Carlton on Tuesday evening. The Scappoose volleyball team picked up yet another victory on Tuesday evening, knocking off a short handed Yamhill-Carlton team in straight sets for their second consecutive league victory. The Tigers (3-6, 1-4 Cowapa) held on in the first set, but couldn't keep up with Scappoose (7-7, 3-2 Cowapa), who took advantage of Tiger mistakes and took care of the road team 25-22, 25-12, 25-18.

In the past few games, the Indians have had extremely high serve percentages, but low numbers in aces. Against Yamhill-Carlton, the Tribe was a little more aggressive, which was both a positive and a negative for head coach Mark Sprenger.

“Our serving was sketchy at times,” he said. “But then I thought we had some people come in and serve some balls to spots that I asked for and that gave us a little bit of a push.”

For the Indians, much of that push came as the Tigers began to wear down. The visitors put up a strong fight in the first set, actually taking a 19-17 lead, but Scappoose battled back and took the first set by a score of 25-22. The second set was all Scappoose.

Suddenly, the Indians found themselves enjoying a 12-5 advantage. The poise the Tigers had in the first set was long gone, and they began to make mistakes. What's more, the Indians stepped things up on defense, allowing hardly any kills from the Yamhill-Carlton hitters and digging up nearly every attack the Tigers sent their way. As the match continued, the Tigers had fewer and fewer answers, due to their having just seven players suited up.

“I think their legs get tired,” Sprenger said. “They hit a lot more balls out. They hit a lot more balls into the net, and I think that comes (down) to being in shape.”

Now, the Indians look forward to a big home match with Astoria (8-3, 3-1 Cowapa), who comes into the match ranked 10th in the state and one place ahead of the Indians in the league standings. Defense and blocking need to improve for a positive result, according to Sprenger, who was pleased with his team's defensive effort against Yamhill-Carlton. Defense was a point of emphasis in practice on Monday, and Sprenger hopes to take Tuesday's experience and apply it going forward.

“We didn't overlook (the Tigers) by any stretch,” he said, “but we know we've got a big game coming up on Thursday, and we need to be ready.”

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