By Rongi Yost
Correspondent 

Outlaws capture No. 1 spot in league

 

Last updated 9/28/2022 at Noon

JERRY BALDOCK

Gracelyn Mhyre makes a kill vs. Siuslaw. The Outlaws have exhibited league-leading play on the hardwood.

Sisters volleyball squad traveled to Creswell on Monday, September 19 and logged a four-set victory, which put them at the top of the pack in conference play. Two days later they notched a sweep at home against Siuslaw.

Tuesday’s action pitted the top two teams in the Mountain Valley Conference. The Outlaws posted scores of 25-21, 25-27, 25-22, and 25-19 in an exciting four-set match that earned them the win — and sole possession of first place in conference play.

Sisters showed a new line-up against the Lady Bulldogs with Gracelyn Myhre starting at the libero position and Bailey Robertson sliding over to outside hitter.

It was a back-and-forth affair with 15 lead changes in the first set. In the end the Outlaw hitters proved to be too much for Creswell to handle and Sisters tallied the win. The second set was more of the same with both teams trading points back and forth. The set went into extra points and the Lady Bulldogs squeaked out a slim two-point win.

The Lady Outlaws stormed out of the gate in the third set and momentum shifted in their favor. They dominated play and accrued 15 quick points and held on for the win.

As the match shifted to the fourth set the Outlaws showed determination and focus, and according to Coach Rory Rush they had one of their best defensive efforts to date along the front line. The effort was led by some stellar plays from Kathryn Scholl and Ila Reid.

The entire set was a series of runs with both teams stringing together service scores. With the game on the line, Reid went up to stuff an attack by Creswell on the right side, and the ball fell to the floor. The Outlaws celebrated not only the win, but moving to the top of the heap in league.

Rush said, “We have more work to do to clean up some unforced errors and defensive alignments, but I couldn’t be more proud of this group! The girls could have crumbled emotionally numerous times in a loud environment on the road, but they were unflappable in their focus, managed every run that came their way, and matched it with one of their own. I am a proud coach tonight!”

Rush added, “We are continuing to work on our depth, while also aiming to build continuity and chemistry within our team. I was very proud of the team we are becoming and the unity we are showing as we build depth.”

On their home court Wednesday night, the No. 1 Outlaws took on a conference battle against No. 8- ranked Siuslaw.

After multiple games without a full squad, this time around everyone was available to play. The Lady Outlaws came with a balanced offense and were firing on all cylinders. Starting setters Hannah Fendall and Holly Davis spread the offense around, and the Lady Vikings were stifled and completely unable to set up their defense.

Sisters recorded a very quick 25-9 first-set win, and never looked back. Siuslaw did manage a strong run in the second set, but it wasn’t enough for the powerful Outlaw squad, who took the set 25-19. In the third and final set the ball fell to the floor off a strong down ball by Gracie Vohs, and Sisters celebrated the 25-14 win and the three-set victory.

Vohs led the team with 17 kills and three blocks, followed by Robertson, who logged eight kills and six blocks. Fendall dished out 19 assists.

Rush said, “It was nice with a full roster to get back into a rhythm tonight. We showed great balance and were at ease tonight.”

Sisters remains undefeated in league play and was to wrap up the first half of the season on Monday, September 26, at home against LaPine. The Lady Outlaws will take on Elmira at home on Thursday, September 28.

 

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