Sherwood finishes strong to top Newberg
SHERWOOD — It wasn't exactly a promising start for the Sherwood High School volleyball team.
But, it certainly was a joyous finish — and a dramatic win — for the Lady Bowmen.
Sherwood overcame a sluggish start to get a 16-25, 27-25, 25-13, 21-25, 15-5 win over Newberg in a Three Rivers League match played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.
"That was good," Sherwood sophomore setter Allison Fiarito said after the match. "We started off shaky, but it was really fun."
"It was a good win. Really fun," Lady Bowmen junior outside hitter Alyssa Haslip said. "It was nice to come out and really play as a team."
With the loss, Newberg moved to 0-12 in Three Rivers League play, and to 1-15 on the season.
The young Sherwood squad improved to 3-9 in TRL matches (3-11 overall), putting the Lady Bowmen in seventh place in the league standings.
"This year is a growing year," Fiarito said. "It's fun to see the team grow. Next year is going to be really good. Experience like this will help."
"It's important to get the younger players experience in a match like this," Haslip said. "Hopefully, it will carry over to next year."
Newberg, in Tuesday's match, took control in the early going. The Tigers, behind the play of senior Payton Thompson and sophomore Madison Brumbaugh, among others, cruised to a 25-16 win in the opening set of the match.
The Tigers then looked to be on their way to making it two in a row, as they held a 24-20 lead in the second set.
But that's when something happened. That's when the Lady Bowmen seemed to come to life.
Following a sideout, and with Fiarito serving, Sherwood, getting a kill by sophomore Claire McGill, rallied to tie the set at 24-24.
Newberg regained the lead, at 25-24, on a kill by senior Evie Macartney, but Sherwood wouldn't be denied. The Lady Bowmen, getting a kill by Fiarito, and the back-to-back kills by sophomore Evan Parent-Korsness, both coming off sets by Fiarito, rallied to get a 27-25 second-set victory.
"We got more energy going," Haslip said. "We played more as a team."
That seemed to carry over to the third set.
Newberg took a 2-0 lead in the set, but it was all Sherwood after that.
Back-to-back ace serves by Fiarito gave the Lady Bowmen a 4-2 lead, and they wouldn't trail again the rest of the set.
Haslip also had back-to-back aces, giving Sherwood an 11-5 advantage. McGill had to straight kills and a block later in the set, pushing the lead to 19-10. Haslip ended up having a kill to close out the 25-13 third-set win, giving the Lady Bowmen a 2-1 lead in the match.
Sherwood looked to be on the verge of winning the match, as it jumped out to a 15-11 lead in the fourth set following a block by Haslip.
But, now it was Newberg's turn to rally. The Tigers, with Thompson and Brumbaugh stepping up again, came back to win the fourth set 25-21, setting up a winner-take-all fifth set to 15 points.
The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fifth set, but, Sherwood took control — in a big way — after that.
A sideout gave the Lady Bowmen a 4-3 lead. Then, with sophomore Piper Harrop serving, Sherwood scored 10 straight points. Senior Maddy Carbo had three kills, all off of sets by Fiarito, in the scoring spree. Haslip added in a block and Parent-Korsness had a kill, as Sherwood took a 14-3 lead.
Newberg, not giving up, cut the margin to 14-5. But the Lady Bowmen, getting a kill by Carbo off a Fiarito set for the winning point, scored a 15-5 fifth-set win to claim the match.
"We've had trouble this year finishing, but tonight, we finished," Fiarito said with a smile.
"The key was our serving," Haslip said about the fifth set. We missed a lot of serves at the beginning. But, at the end, the key was our serving and our aggressiveness."
The Lady Bowmen will be back in action on Thursday, when they face Canby and St. Mary's Academy in a TRL three-way match at Canby High School. Sherwood will face Canby at 4 p.m., then take on St. Mary's at 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Sherwood will play at West Linn in a league match starting at 6:30 p.m.