The Wolves, bringing a lot of energy, gets spirited win

by: DAN BROOD - JUMPING FOR JOY -- Tualatin High School junior Katie Savage (6) celebrates with her teammates during the Wolves' match with Tigard.TUALATIN — Jasmine Miller said she couldn’t remember the last time the Tualatin High School volleyball team was able to get a win over Tigard.

While that may be the case, it’s unlikely that Miller, and her Tualatin teammates, will forget last Thursday’s match with the rival Tigers for a long, long time.

The Timberwolves finally got their long-awaited victory against Tigard — in impressive fashion — scoring a 25-23, 25-21, 25-15 win over the Tigers in a Pacific Conference match played in front of a large, loud crowd at Tualatin High School.

“This is very awesome,” said Miller, a Tualatin senior middle blocker who had a big night for the Wolves. “I can’t remember the last time we beat Tigard. This is my senior year, and I really wanted it. We were all really pumped up. It was a lot of fun.”

“This is pretty big,” Tualatin sophomore Sara Fanger said. “Our team has never beaten them. Maddie Powelson (a 2013 Tualatin High graduate) played here for four years and I know she never beat them. So this is really exciting. This is pretty great. It feels amazing.”

With the victory — it’s first league win over Tigard since Oct. 19, 2006 — Tualatin evened its Pacific Conference record at 2-2 at that point.

“This was a great win,” first-year Tualatin coach Monica Anderson said. “The big thing is that we were thinking just about us. We just thought about ourselves. The girls believed and they went out and did it.”by: DAN BROOD - SMACK -- Tigard sophomore Cassie Erickson hits ball hard over the net during last week's match.

Tigard saw its conference record evened at 2-2 at that point with the hard-fought setback.

“That was really intense,” Tigard sophomore Cassie Erickson said. “They got on a roll, and we couldn’t get it back.”

Action early in the first game went back and forth, until the Tigers jumped out on top. Tigard, getting a kill be senior Lindsey Rosette and a block by senior Michelle Simmons, claimed a 10-7 lead.

The Tigers went on to push the margin to 18-14 following a point on serve by Erickson.

The Wolves tried to battle back, but Tigard was still holding a 20-18 lead after junior Sasha Hershey scored on a kill off a set by freshman Hannah Miller.

But the persistent Tualatin squad was finally able to break through. The Wolves got a point on a tip by sophomore setter Morgan McMasters and an ace serve by senior Beth Fanger to tie the game at 20-20.

Tualatin then took its first lead since early in the game, at 21-20, on a block by Miller. Another point on serve by Beth Fanger gave the Wolves a 22-20 lead.

Tigard came back to tie the score a 22-22. Sara Fanger and Erickson then traded kills, keeping the score knotted at 23-23. The Wolves then scored the next two points, both coming on Tigard hitting errors, to claim a 25-23 first-game victory.

“We wanted to come out and play our game,” Miller said.

The second game of the match also went back and forth. Tualatin, getting a kill by sophomore Haley Howarth, jumped out to a quick 5-2 advantage. But Tigard, with Rosette scoring three straight kills, came back to claim an 11-7 lead.

by: DAN BROOD - UP HIGH -- Tualatin senior Jasmine Miller (10) looks to get the ball over the hands of Tigard senior Michelle Simmons in last Thursday's match.Tigard was up 15-12 when Tualatin came storming back. The Timberwolf rally began with a Miller kill off a set by McMasters. That ignited a 7-0 Tualatin run — which included kills by Miller and Sara Fanger and a tip by sophomore Shanna Giorvas — giving the home team a 19-15 lead.

Tigard trimmed the margin to 20-19 on a kill by Erickson. But Tualatin, getting a pair of kills by Howarth and one by junior Katie Savage, fought off the Tigers to get the 25-21 second-game win.

Tualatin, seemingly sensing that victory was in its grasp, got off to a roaring start to the third game and never let up.

The Wolves scored four straight points early in the game to take a 4-1 lead. Tigard closed the gap to 7-6 following a tip by senior Kelcy Mullaly, but the Tigers couldn’t get the equalizer.

A kill by Howarth started a 6-0 Timberwolf run, which also included a kill by Savage, that gave Tualatin a 13-6 cushion.

Tigard, behind the serving of sophomore libero Jenna Horton, cut the gap to 13-10, but Tualatin took off again.

A pair of kills by Sara Fanger and an ace serve by Beth Fanger gave the Wolves a 16-10 lead. Soon after, Tualatin had an 8-0 run which included kills by Sara Fanger and Giorvas and a block by Miller, making the score 24-12.

Tigard, trying to fight off defeat, scored three straight points to make the score 24-15, but the Wolves got the match-winning point on a Tigard violation to close out the 25-23, 25-21, 25-15 win and start the team’s victory celebration.

“We brought a lot of energy,” Miller said of the key to victory. “And we did it for each other.”

“We kept the energy up all night,” Sara Fanger said. “This was stressful, but a lot of fun.”

“That was an intense battle,” Anderson said. “Tigard has a fabulous program, and both teams played very hard.”

by: DAN BROOD - AT THE NET -- Tigard senior Lindsey Rosette (right) tries to hit the ball past Tualatin's Morgan McMasters (center) and Katie Savage during last week's match at Tualatin High School. The Timberwolves came out a 3-0 victor. The Wolves are also hoping the spirited win over Tigard will help propel the team through what looks to be a competitive Pacific Conference schedule.

“I think we’ll be pumped up to keep this going,” Sara Fanger said.

“This will help us build a lot,” Miller said. “If we keep bringing the energy like this, we can beat anyone.”

Meanwhile, Tigard is looking to bounce back.

“We’ll get it going,” Erickson said. “All of the teams in the league are good. There’s a lot of competition, and that makes it fun.”

On Tuesday, the Tigers rebounded to score a 25-15, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21 win over Hillsboro in a conference match held at Hillsboro High School.

Tualatin, on Tuesday, fell 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 to McMinnville in a league tilt held at McMinnville High School.

Both local teams will be back in action tonight (Thursday). Tigard will be home to face Newberg and Tualatin will host Century in matches starting at 6:45 p.m. On Tuesday, Tualatin will be home to play Glencoe and Tigard will travel to Forest Grove for 6:45 p.m. league contests.

The Tigers will get their conference rematch with Tualatin on Oct. 8, when the rivals will play at Tigard.

“We get them at our house,” Erickson said. “And we’ll be better prepared.”

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