Tribe VB thumps Glads in three, but falls to Rangers in four

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Abby Kessi goes high for a kill during last week's volleyball match with Gladstone. The Lady Indians topped the Glads Tuesday, but lost the next night to Estacada. They played well in a tournament on Saturday. 
The Scappoose Lady Indians downed Gladstone for their second win of the season last week, but also fell to a good Estacada team the next night.

Coach Mark Sprenger was pleased with the win but not that upset with the loss.

“I think we played extremely well most of the match,” he said of the victory over Gladstone. “I would like to see the team start games better, but overall we played well. A 55 percent kill percentage is incredible. I was very pleased with the offense and the serving. I would like to see us serve receive better than 77 percent.”

The Lady Indians won three straight games in the match, 25-18, 25-11, and 25-13. They had 35 kills on 64 attempts (55 percent), were 65 of 69 serving (94 percent), and 24 of 31 on serve receptions (77 percent). They also had three blocks.

One of the highlights of the second game was the serving of Lexine Loos and Nicole Andreotti. Loos served 13 straight times and had four aces. Andreotti had six straight serves with two aces.

That match was on Sept. 11, and the next night they faced a 3-1 Estacada team. The first two games were mirror images of each other. Estacada won the first 25-18, and Scappoose the second, 25-18. The next two games wouldn’t quite go Scappoose’s way. They lost 16-25 in the third game, but were closer in a 20-25 loss in the fourth.

“I thought we played extremely well,” Sprenger said. “Our defense was absolutely incredible. Estacada is a very talented volleyball team. I think we learned a ton from this match and we will benefit from it when league starts. I’m very proud of the team.”

The Lady Indians travelled to North Marion for a tournament on Saturday. They had a pretty good effort, winning one pool round and splitting in the two others. They went on to win the first round of the gold bracket, but then lost to Cowapa League rival Banks in the semifinals. In pool play, the Lady Indians split with LaGrande, 15-21, 21-17; topped Sheridan, 21-18, 21-13; and split with Stayton 21-18, 20-22. They beat Redmond, 25-21, 25-10 in the first round of bracket play, then lost to Banks, 13-25, 11-25 in their semifinal match.

“We played well all day, except the wheels fell off in the semifinals,” Sprenger said. “We did not play well against Banks and they played extremely well. I feel we can still beat any team on any given night. We just have to become more consistent in all aspects of the game.”

The team starts league play on Thursday at Tillamook. The following Tuesday (Sept. 25) they host Banks and Thursday Seaside comes to town.

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