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No. 14 Indians volleyball weathering early Cowapa League run

Tribe faced third-ranked Valley Catholic at home and will hit the road again


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Sophomore right-sider Charlotte Feige (14), senior libero Alyssa Spang (6), sophomore libero Riley Nuss and the No. 14 Indians are off to a tough start in Cowapa League play.The Indians' first Cowapa League road trip was rocky, but there's time to refuel for the next one.

Scappoose surrendered a 25-13, 25-13, 25-19 sweep at No. 4 Tillamook on Thursday, Sept. 15, and fell 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21) at ninth-ranked defending state champion Banks on Tuesday, but all sets except two were very close.

The Cheesemakers (8-1 overall, 3-0 Cowapa) reached sixth place in the state last year and have beaten the Indians (6-3, 1-2) in six of the last nine meetings.

The Braves (5-3, 1-2) won their first title last season and have taken the last nine matchups from Scappoose.

"We just need to fix some things on defense and pass the ball a little better," Tribe coach Mark Sprenger said. "We need to be able to play on the road: All of our wins have come at home, but things don't get easier with Valley Catholic on Thursday and then back on the road twice next week."

Hannah Galey's seven kills, Kristina Barnes' three aces and six blocks and Ashley Oakland's 14 assists sparked the Indians in Tillamook.

Erickson spiked the Braves seven times and blocked six shots, Oakland served 22 assists and two aces, and Galey put in two more aces.

The 14th-ranked Indians were scheduled to host all-state junior outside hitter Lizzy Osborn and the No. 3 Valiants (8-1, 3-0) — who have swept seven of their first nine matches in their return from fourth at state — on Thursday, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

Valley Catholic (8-1, 3-0) has swept the Tribe in all four meetings since it took second at Class 3A state and came up to the Cowapa League in 2014.

Scappoose will head to all-league senior outside hitter Chloee Hunt and Astoria at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, then to round two against all-league senior middle blocker Maddi Utti and No. 13 Seaside on 6:45 p.m. on Thursday.

The Fishermen have taken four of the last six contests from the Indians.

The Tribe beat the Seagulls 3-1 on Sept. 13 in Scappoose, and have taken six of the last seven in the series.

Cowapa League

League Overall Sets won Sets lost Rank

Valley Catholic 3-0 8-1 22 4 3

Tillamook 3-0 8-1 22 5 4

Scappoose 1-2 6-3 19 10 14

Banks 1-2 5-3 15 11 9

Seaside 1-2 5-4 15 12 13

Astoria 0-3 4-5 11 16 23