By Rongi Yost

Volleyball undefeated in league play


Last updated 10/4/2022 at Noon


Ila Reid and Bailey Robertson make a block in Outlaws volleyball action.

The Lady Outlaws volleyball squad posted two more wins last week, with sweeps at home over La Pine and Elmira. On Monday, September 26, the Outlaws posted scores of 25-14, 25-4, 25-7 against the Hawks and two days later took down the Falcons with scores of 25-12, 25-13, and 25-7.

In Tuesday’s matchup, the Hawks jumped out to a quick lead due to numerous unforced errors by the Outlaws. Sisters found themselves down 10-14. Most coaches would have called a time out, but Coach Rory Rush explained why she didn’t.

Rush said, “I saw that first set as an opportunity for the girls to grow. It was an obvious opportunity to step in and give guidance to the girls, to try to break their momentum, but I really wanted the team to dig deep, encourage each other, and weather the storm together.”

And weather the storm they did.

Gracelyn Myhre pounded down a powerful hit from the right side, and then went back to the service line with the Outlaws down 11-14. With strong serves, imposing blocks, and hard hits from all over the court, Myhre found herself still serving and the Outlaws on top with a commanding 24-14 lead.

The 13-point run was definitely a dominant performance by the No. 1 team in the state.

After their epic comeback, the Lady Outlaws got on a roll, and the Hawks couldn’t stop them. Kills came from seven different players, and Outlaw setters Hannah Fendall and Holly Davis spread the ball around for a balanced attack. Sisters coasted to an easy victory and went on to win the third set just as easily.

Gracie Vohs recorded 16 kills, Myhre followed with 12 kills, and Bailey Robertson added seven kills and three blocks. Fendall dished out 18 assists and Mia Monaghan had nine digs.

Sisters started their second half of the season with a home game against Elmira on Wednesday. The No. 1 Outlaws were more than the Falcons could handle. With aggressive serves, perfect passes, and strong attacks, the Outlaws raced out to early leads in all three sets and never looked back.

Robertson led the team with 12 kills and two blocks, and Vohs followed with 12 kills. Myhre logged six kills and 10 aces and Fendall recorded 25 assists.

Rush said, “Every conference game is important! No matter the opponent, we only focus on the game in front of us. Tonight was a great opportunity to work on some new aspects of our offense as well as continue to work on our depth as we played all 13 players.”

The Lady Outlaws remain undefeated in conference play. They will play at home against Harrisburg on Wednesday, October 5, and then head to Bend High School on Saturday, October 8, for the annual Clear Water Classic.


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