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Indians volleyball keeps Yamhill-Carlton's two-year winless streak alive

Tribe sweeps Tigers 25-10, 25-15, 25-13


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians sophomore middle blocker Kamryn Erickson (10) elevates for a spike.The Indians would not be the ones to lose to Yamhill-Carlton in their white-out season opener on Tuesday in Scappoose.

Scappoose swept the Tigers, who have lost their last 21 games, 25-10, 25-15, 25-13.

"We hit really well," Indians coach Mark Sprenger said. "I give a lot of credit to the fact that our passing was incredible."

Six-foot senior right-sider Kaylie Kopra was vigilant atop the net for eight kills and three blocks. Six-foot sophomore middle blocker Kamryn Erickson (three kills) and 5-foot-8 junior middle Kristina Barnes (four kills) stuffed Yamhill-Carlton six times each.

"We followed a game plan and we were very happy with the outcome," said Kopra, whose Indians (1-0) rank third in Class 4A as of Wednesday.

Sophomore right-sider Charlotte Feige and junior setter Ashley Oakland served 14 respective assists.

"We were able to keep our positivity up and really work together as a team," Oakland said. "It impressed me how scrappy [the Tigers] were."

Riley Nuss, a sophomore libero, dealt three aces.

"Our coaches gave us some goals and we felt like we achieved them," said Alyssa Spang, an all-league senior libero.

Erickson stuffed the Tigers atop the net, 5-foot-10 junior outside hitter Hannah Galey's spikes sparked the Indians to a 13-3 first-set lead and Scappoose powered from there.

The Tigers (0-1) last reached the Class 4A state playoffs in 2009.

The Indians are scheduled to host North Marion (1-1), back from the state play-in round and in search of its first state title, and Molalla, in a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday.

"From team camp we know [North Marion's] libero is pretty good," Kopra said.

The Huskies won at Class 5A The Dalles on Monday and fell to Seaside on Tuesday in Aurora. Molalla, North Marion's Tri-Valley Conference rival, will start its season in Scappoose.

The Indians won at North Marion last year and beat the Huskies twice in 2014. Scappoose took all three sets from Molalla in 2013.

Scappoose 3, Yamhill-Carlton 0

Y-C 10 15 13 — 0

S 25 25 25 — 3