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Volleyball: Indians fall at Cascade Tournament, look ahead to league play

Scappoose goes 2-2-1 at Cascade, beating North Marion and Stayton

After riding high for the first few weeks of what was expected to be a difficult preseason, the Tribe volleyball team stepped back down to reality — but just barely.

Scappoose finally fell in a match after starting off the year 3-0 in non-pool play action, dropping a 25-23, 10-25, 10-15 match to Salem Academy in the consolation bracket at the Cascade tournament.

Pool play saw mixed results. Scappoose got off to a decent start, sweeping North Marion 25-17 and 25-20, but split a pair of sets with Cottage Grove before being blasted by Cascade by a combined score of 50-17.

The Indians rebounded to beat Stayton 25-19, 25-23 in the first round of consolation before the offense sputtered down the stretch in the round with Salem Academy.

Head coach Mark Sprenger said the team had a good showing at the tournament, but that they have plenty of work to do before league play starts with a road match against Seaside on Sept. 16. Thankfully, though, the big issue from the first three matches seems to have improved.

“Our serving has improved a great deal from last week,” Sprenger stated in an email. “It is time to do some fine tuning.”

The Indians will close their non-league schedule against Estacada, the team who knocked Scappoose from the 2013 playoffs, at home on Sept. 10.