Tigard, which fell to the Wolves earlier, wins in three sets

by: DAN BROOD - SETTING IT -- Tigard High School freshman Hannah Miller (4) sets the ball in front of a wall of Tualatin players, including, from left, Katie Savage, Beth Fanger, Haley Howarth and Sara Fanger. The Tigers won in three sets in the match held Tuesday at Tigard High School. TIGARD — Tigard High School volleyball coach Rob Coelho tried to convince his team that this was just another match.

No go.

It wasn’t.

For the Tigers, it was a chance to get some redemption against their rivals. And that motivation seemed to carry them to an impressive win.

Tigard, which fell in three sets to Tualatin earlier in the season, emerged victorious in the rematch, scoring a 25-14, 25-18, 25-19 win over the Timberwolves in a Pacific Conference match played Tuesday at Tigard High School.

“We were motivated, for sure,” Tigard junior outside hitter Kaylie Boschma said after the match. “If there’s one match where we really wented to do well, it’s this one.”

“We were hyped to get them. We were really motivated,” Tigard senior outside hitter Lindsey Rosette said. “We’ve definitely improved a lot.”

With the inspired win over their rivals, the Tigers improved to 7-4 in Pacific Conference play, keeping them alone in third place in the conference standings.

“I tried to tell them that this was just another game,” Coelho said. “But they didn’t go for it. The girls really worked their tails off.”

Tualatin moved to 4-7 in conference play, putting the Wolves in sixth place in the conference standings.

“We didn’t play our game, and they got the best of us,” Tualatin senior middle blocker Jasmine Miller said. “I think we learned tonight that we need to stay disciplined and play our game.”

by: DAN BROOD - WOLVES GET GOING -- Tualatin's (from left) Haley Howarth, Sara Fanger, Beth Fanger and Emily Peters celebrate after scoring a point in Tuesday's Pacific Conference match at Tigard. The motivated Tigers got off to a strong start to the match. A kill by junior middle blocker Ashley Holzgang gave Tigard a quick 6-2 lead, and the Tigers kept the lead for the rest of the opening set.

Kills by Holzgang and Rosette, and a tip by freshman setter Hannah Miller pushed the margin to 15-8.

Tualatin, getting a kill by sophomore Sara Fanger and a block by Jasmine Miller, cut the lead to 19-13. But the Tigers pulled away from there.

Tigard, getting back-to-back kills by sophomore Cassie Erickson off sets by Hannah Miller and a kill by Boschma, off another set by Miller, closed out the 25-14 first-set win.

The Tigers seemed to carry their momentum into the second set. Getting a pair of kills by Rosette and an ace serve by Boschma, Tigard sprinted out to a quick 5-0 lead.

A block and a tip by senior middle blocker Michelle Simmons helped Tigard up the margin to 10-4.

The Tigard lead was at 12-6 when Tualatin came storming back. The Wolves, getting two kills by anger and one by sophomore Emily Peters, all coming off sets by sophomore Morgan McMasters, and an ace serve by sophomore Haley Howarth, came back to tied the set at 13-13.

Tigard regained the lead, at 14-13, on a Tualatin violation, and the Tigers were able to pull away again.

An ace by Boschma and a kill by Rosette helped the home team open up a 19-14 advantage.

Tualatin, getting a kill by junior Tegan Bracha, was able to cut the lead to 20-17. But Tigard, getting a kill by Erickson and a pair points on serve by Hannah Miller, was able to close out the 25-18 second-set win.

by: DAN BROOD - CELEBRATION TIME -- Members of the Tigard High School volleyball team, including junior Sasha Hershey (11), break into celebration after scoring the final point in their 25-14, 25-18, 25-19 win over Tualatin in Tuesday's match at Tigard. The Timberwolves, looking like they were determined to battle back, got off to a roaring start to the third set.

A kill by McMasters, a block by Peters and a kill by Peters helped Tualatin take an 8-3 lead. Tigard came back to trim the margin to 9-8 on an ace by Boschma, but another kill by Peters gave the Wolves a 10-8 lead.

The Timberwolf lead was at 11-8 when Tigard came back again. The Tigers, getting a pair of blocks by Simmons and a pair of ace serves by sophomore libero Jenna Horton, scored nine straight points to take a 17-11 lead.

Tualatin, fighting back, cut the margin to 22-19 following back-to-back kills by Peters, but the Wolves couldn’t get any closer.

Tigard, getting kills by Boschma and Rosette, and a match-winning block by junior Sasha Hershey, closed out the 25-19 third-set win to wrap up the match.

“Everything clicked tonight,” Boschma said. “We’re just getting better and better. This was fun.”

“Our passing was really on tonight,” Rosette said. “We had good passes and good hits.”

Tualatin had its moments, as well — especially at the start of the third set.

“We showed what we can do when we play our game,” Jasmine Miller said. “But then we fell into playing their game again. I think we learned from that. Now, it’s time to improve.”

Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday. Tualatin will be home to face McMinnville and Tigard will host Hillsboro in conference matches starting at 6:45 p.m.

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