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Volleyball: Indians beat North Marion in five sets, move to 2-0

Scappoose beat North Marion 25-18, 21-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-5 on Thursday evening


Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Junior middle blocker Donn Smith takes a swing during the straight set victory over Gladstone on Sept. 2. Smith led the Indians with 15 kills in a five-set win over North Marion on Thursday evening.When the Indians got their start on the volleyball preseason, the expectation was for Scappoose to struggle at first, build on their small successes and hope for the best once Cowapa League play came around.

They weren't supposed to keep winning.

After beating Gladstone in straight sets on Tuesday evening, the Tribe rallied back to win the final two games and top North Marion on Thursday evening and moving to 2-0 on the young season with one non-league match left to play.

The Indians got a blazing hot night from junior middle blocker Donn Smith, who led with 15 kills, nearly a third of the Tribe's 43 on the night, and a team-high five blocks. Junior Hannah Carey had nine kills and was among the team's best from the serving position with 26 of her 28 serves hit into play, two of which went for aces.

Scappoose got off to a hot start on both sides of the ball, winning the first game 25-18 as they had done in their first match with Gladstone. The Huskies, though, showed a little more fight. The visitors won the next two in nail-biting fashion, topping the Indians 21-25 and 22-25 and pushing the home team to the brink before Scappoose responded to win the fourth set 25-19 and give themselves new life.

The fifth game undoubtedly belonged to the home side, as Scappoose jumped on top early and raced to a 15-5 win, sealing the victory and keeping their perfect record alive and well.

After traveling to a tournament on Sept. 6, the Indians will return home for their final preseason match against Estacada. It was the Rangers who knocked the Tribe out of the Class 4A Playoffs a year ago, beating Scappoose 3-1 on the road to send the Indians packing.

SUMMARY

SCAP 25 21 22 25 15 — 3

NMHS 18 25 25 19 5 — 2

Kills: Kopra 2, Sykes, Scharmann 6, MacInnis, Spang 5, Smith 15, Carey 9

Blocks: Kopra, Sykes 2, Spang, Smith 5, Carey 3

Assists: MacInnis 17, Carey 14

Aces: Scharmann 4, Spang 3, Smith, Carey 2

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