Defending conference champion Century falls to city rival Glencoe in three straight games

Tuesday night’s volleyball match between Glencoe and Century brought together two teams fighting for traction in the competitive Pacific Conference.

While the Jaguars showed some spunk at the end — rattling off an 8-2 run late in the third set to try to stay in the match — the more consistent team over the course of the contest prevailed, and the Crimson Tide walked out of Century High School with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-21 HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMANDA MILES - Glencoe's Lillie Hamel blocks a shot at the net during Tuesday's Pacific Conference match against Century.

With the win, the Tide upped their record to 2-3 in Pacific Conference play, while Century fell to 1-4.

“I’m really happy with that,” Glencoe coach Whitney Sahlfeld said. “There’s some parts where we needed to pick it up a little bit more, but I’m definitely happy to do it in three and do it at their place, for sure.”

In the first set, the Tide raced out to a 15-9 lead. The Jaguars rallied to within three points twice, at 18-15 and 22-19 — the latter when Mikayla Woiwor’s serve clipped the net and fell over to Glencoe’s side for an ace. But the Jaguars could get no closer, and the Tide closed the set out with a kill from Brittany Janssens.

Neither team led by more than a point in a nip-and-tuck second set until Janssens tapped down a kill for a 13-11 Tide advantage. From there, it was pretty much all Glencoe, as the visitors used a 12-4 run to win the set and seize control of the match.

“I think that we’re just trying to get over the hump of winning a first game and kind of letting people come in the second and third game when we should be winning,” Sahlfeld noted. “So that was a big deal for us this match.

“Being able to do three straight is huge for our team, overall.”

The third set looked like it would go to Glencoe quite easily after the Tide breezed to a 19-9 lead, capped by Ashley Cox’s cross-court kill.

“I think we played really well,” said Cox, 5-foot-6 freshman outside hitter who had six kills on the night. “I think that we’re really jelling as a team finally and we’re getting competitive and aggressive.”

The Jaguars would not go down easy, however.

Allie Williams’ ace made the score 19-11, and a kill down the middle from Delaney Seitz and a Tide error brought the score to 22-12. Several points later, a Century kill attempt that landed out of bounds put the game at match point, which is where it stayed as the Jaguars won the next seven points.

Highlights during that run included two kills from Seitz — a 5-foot-10 freshman who is turning into a force for the Jaguars and had nine kills in the match —a block from Seitz and Leighanna O’Connor, plus a kill by Woiwor.

But Century could not dig the final point of the match out of the net and fell to its seventh straight defeat, including in tournament play.

“The ending was great,” Jaguars coach Jeeni Breen said. “I told them, ‘I was very happy. You just need to play that way the entire match.’”

Kyla Militante-Amper had 18 assists and 10 digs for Century, and Woiwor added 15 digs.

On the other side, Sahlfeld noted the play of Janssens (eight kills), Cox (six kills) and Lauren Messmer, as well as junior libero Maddie Wilson, who recorded 14 digs.

“It was very much a team effort,” said Messmer, who had a well-balanced game with 16 digs and seven kills. “Everyone did their job, and that’s what helped us to win.”

Glencoe entertained McMinnville on Thursday, while Century traveled to Tualatin (after press deadline).

Next week, the Jaguars play at McMinnville and the Tide head to Tualatin on Tuesday. Both teams are back home on Thursday, as Glencoe hosts Hilhi, while the Tide welcomes Tigard.

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