SANDY — Despite some pushback from a scrappy Putnam team, the Sandy volleyball squad flexed its muscles in their Northwest Oregon Conference season opener.
The Pioneers defeated the Kingsmen in straight sets on Wednesday night at Sandy High School, winning the match 25-20, 25-19, 25-14.
"During the first two sets, I felt like we were very hesitant and weren't expecting the ball to come back to us. There was a lot of frantic movement and we just weren't playing our game…We were able to get the momentum back in the second set and that carried us on into the third," Sandy head coach Shyanna Davis said.
Sandy was playing without two of their starters in Pammeigh Carter and Trysten Kasch, which forced the Pioneer lineup to move around a bit.
"Having a couple girls out with injuries made it difficult and forced us to play some people at different positions, but we had some girls step up tremendously tonight. They wanted it and they battled until the end," Davis said. "Putnam has a great team this year. They are nobody to sleep on, so our girls knew they had to fight hard and finish."
Even with the loss, Putnam head coach Amanda Wiedeman was pleased with the effort from her team. The Kingsmen were just 5-14 last season and graduated the majority of their roster. But this 2017 team showed some promise against a tough Sandy squad.
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