Neah-Kah-Nie coach Jenna Betts talks about her team’s strong play in the first and fourth sets of Tuesday’s contest with undefeated Gaston.
By Brad Mosher
Winless Neah-Kah-Nie stunned an undefeated Gaston volleyball squad with a 25-19 victory in the first game.
The visiting Lady Greyhounds won the next three sets to claim the overall win, but it was enough to bring a smile to the face of coach Jenna Betts.
She had watched her team play its best set of the year and force the favored Greyhounds to call several time outs in an effort to stop the Lady Pirates from claiming the 25-19 win.
According to Betts, the team was playing together and communicating well in the first contest and forced the Gaston squad into making costly unforced errors.
The Greyhounds had come into the game atop the Northwest League standings with a unblemished record and left with a 3-0 NWL mark.
The Greyhounds are the highest ranked league team in the OSAA volleyball poll at number 11.
“We had a really good first set – probably one of the best sets I have seen our team play. They came together. They were not individuals. There was unity, communication and control that won us that set,” the coach said.
“In the second and third set, we lost some of that energy. We got it back in the fourth set and battled in that set. Unfortunately, we couldn’t pull off the win.
“I thought we passed really well in the first set. I saw some people do some really good things,” she added.
The visiting Greyhounds were a scrappy team that the Lady Pirates just couldn’t control the middle hitters in the Gaston lineup. “That is where we struggled tonight (Tuesday).”
Lady Mooks stay undefeated
Tillamook stayed tied with Valley Catholic in the Cowapa League standings by sweeping Astoria Tuesday.
But it wasn’t easy.
The Lady Fish battled the Cheesemakers to the end in all three sets, but the visiting Mooks still pulled out a 25-23, 29-27 and 25-22 victory.
Valley Catholic, which is ranked third, right above Tillamook, swept through Seaside Tuesday by 25-12, 26-24 and 25-20 scores.
Seaside will be coming to Tillamook Thursday, while the Lady Valiants travel to Scappoose.
Faith Bible escapes with win
The Lady Cats won the first set with Northwest League leader Faith Bible Tuesday in Cloverdale.
They won the fourth game.
But the visiting Falcons were able to win the other three to barely pull out a narrow 3-2 volleyball victory over Nestucca.
The Lady Cats opened the contest by winning a 26-24 decision. The Falcons came back with 25-13 and 25-10 wins to take a 2-1 edge into the fourth game.
Nestucca came back again with a 25-22 victory to force a fifth game.
The Falcons, ranked 22nd in the OSAA poll, came back with a 15-10 win to edge the Lady Cats.
Nestucca will host rival Neah-Kah-Nie Thursday at 7 p.m. in Cloverdale.