Gophers split first two sets, but miss numerous chances to take the lead in Game 4

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Gresham setter Jayde Folsom puts a ball in play near the net during Tuesdays four-set loss to Central Catholic.

Gresham’s volleyball team put a scare into Central Catholic early Tuesday night, but the Rams found their stride late and closed out a four-set victory.

The Gophers held late leads in each of the first two sets, but failed to take full advantage of the quick start. Central claimed six of the last seven points to steal the opener 25-22. Gresham never trailed in the second set, riding a series of big hits from Alex Frazier, to even the match.

“It’s a tough place to play, and you always get a battle,” Central coach Rick Lorenz said. “I can’t remember the last time we came here and it didn’t go four or five games.”

Central started the pivotal third set with a five-point flurry and finished it 25-16 on Monica Gajda’s drop shot that fell in Gresham’s front row.

The Gophers had five chances to take the lead during the middle stages of the fourth set, but Central held them at bay each time.

The Rams eventually pulled away with a four-point service spurt by Gajda, moving out to an 18-13 lead when Ramey Gardner hit a winner into the back corner.

The Rams have won 104 straight league matches and have not lost in the MHC since the high schools went to a six-division format in 2006.

Gresham (7-3) controls its own destiny in the race for second place, finishing the season at home against Reynolds on Thursday and at Barlow on Tuesday.

Look for extended match coverage in the Friday, Oct. 19, edition of The Outlook.

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