Nestucca wins first
The Lady Cats made their first league victory count Thursday, defeating visiting rival Neah-Kah-Nie by a 3-1 margin in Cloverdale.
Nestucca won the first two sets by 25-8 and 25-7 margins before the visiting Lady Pirates shot down the home team’s hopes for a sweep with a 25-18 win of their own.
In the fourth game the Lady Cats put the victory away with a 25-18 margin. The victory was the team’s second in Northwest League play and gave them a 2-4 record in league play.
According to coach Amy Elder, the Lady Bobcats came out strong last night against NKN.
“In the first set freshman Olivia Leslie served 11 in a row with six of them being Aces. Middle blockers Morgan Kirkpatrick and Morgan North played well at the net with some hard hits and a few blocks.
“In the next set, the Bobcats kept the momentum going with sophomore Lauren Siler dominating that set with 11 serves in a row and three Aces. Senior outside hitters Tea Chatelain and Isabelle Bruce had some fierce hits in that game with some great sets by Senior Tiarra Thompson,” Elder said.
Even though the Lady Cats got strong performances from junior Carissa Albin and sophomore Scarlet Harrison, the Pirates bounced back to win the third set.
“Getting the momentum back was key in the fourth set for the Cats. Finding themselves down 13-10, junior Becca Menefee served 10 in a row and some strong hits by sophomore Danny Johnson helped the Bobcats finish strong,” Elder said.
The Bobcats and the Pirates will meet next Thursday in Rockaway.
Nestucca is 2-6 overall.
The Pirates stayed winless, falling to 0-6 in league and 0-10 overall.
Cheesemakers sweep Seaside in three straight
Tillamook leaped to the top of the 4A volleyball world in Oregon Thursday with a three-game sweep of visiting Seaside.
The Lady Mooks had to rally for the sweep, especially in the third set where the visiting Seagulls led most of the way.
The Seagulls built a five-point lead after the Cheesemakers tied the score at 11-all before the hosts would score again. Down by a 17-12 margin, the Lady Mooks began another rally off a long serve by Seaside, then slowly got to within one (18-17) of the Seagulls with a kill shot by Makayla Hopkes.
The Mooks started scoring again when a Seaside serve went long, cutting the lead to 20-18.
Hopkes came up with another key kill, closing the gap to one point again (20-19).
The Mooks tied the game then moved ahead on another Hopkes kill which forced the visiting coach to call a timeout to regroup.
A key block by Makinley Johnson made the lead 22-20 before the Seaside squad rallied again off a shot by their six-footer Tori Tomlin. That would be the last point of the evening for the visiting Seagulls as they surrendered three straight points and gave the hosts a 25-21 victory which kept them tied with Valley Catholic with identical 4-0 Cowapa League records.
The Mooks opened the evening with a 25-21 win in the first set and followed it with a 25-15 win.
“Makayla had some great kills at some really crucial times,” said Tillamook coach Meagan Moroney. “She helped change the momentum of the games.”
The coach also praised her front line for their play against Seaside, “I have such great front row players and they really come through in the moments we need them the most. I can really count on every one of them to get it done.”
Jordan Zweifel finished the night with12 kills, while Hopkes had nine kills. Lexie Zuercher had a total of six kills and three aces.
Even when Seaside led for most of the third set, Moroney said she was confident. “I had no doubt that they were going to win.”
Moroney also praised Seaside for their strong play Thursday. “They are scrappy. Their defense has gotten really well. They are coming up every season, so I was a little nervous about playing them.”
The Lady Mooks are traveling to Sisters Saturday for the Sisters tournament and a chance to face the only team to beat them this season – the host Outlaws.
When the the Cheesemakers return they will face the other undefeated Cowapa League team – Valley Catholic. Like Tillamook, the Lady Valiants are 4-0 in league and 9-1 overall. The only team to beat the Valiants was perennial 4A power Crook County early this season.
Valley Catholic and the Mooks will face off in Tillamook Tuesday evening, with the Cowapa lead and the team’s rankings at state in the decision. Valley Catholic is raked third according to the latest 4A poll, while Crook County is second on the list.
Sisters, with an 11-1 record, has fallen to fourth, while Hidden Valley rounds out the top five. Banks is ranked eighth, while Seaside and Scappoose are 13th and 14th on the list. Astoria may be winless in league play, but the team is ranked 24th in the latest 4A volleyball poll.