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Volley girls bounce back after tough loss to Elmira

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 25th, 2012

Last Tuesday night (Sept. 18) the Sky-Em League season opened with two of the top teams, Elmira and Cottage Grove, facing off. The Lions won the first game 25-20, but then it was all Falcons with three consecutive wins: 25-19, 25-18 and 25-19. The CG girls failed to hold serve at their home court against possibly the top team in the league.

“It was hard to take a loss, especially to Elmira,” said Lion senior Katy Bass. “We were really pumped up and wanted to win. We’ll be ready for them when we go to their house.”

Haley Maddess led the Lions with 10 kills while Katy Bass added nine kills.

“We just needed to play better,” said head coach Kendra Anderson. “They’re a very good team though. We played up to our potential in the first game, then missed a lot of serves, which made a difference.”

To the girls’ credit, they did not let the disappointing loss to Elmira dampen their spirits Thursday against Junction City. The Lions swept the Tigers in three games.

“To come back and win this in three meant a lot to us,” said Bass.

The statistical leaders in the Junction City game were Bass with seven aces and six kills, Elysha Lang (24 digs), Bailey Tillotson (20 digs and seven kills), Hana Westerkamp (20 assists) and Michelle Sand with six aces.

“We just need to fine tune some things we are finding in games and finding on film, so we’re ready to face the rest of the league,” said Anderson.

The girls were on the road last night at La Pine, and will also travel north to Sweet Home tomorrow night (Thursday).

After three weeks of play as of September 24 the Falcons have a 2-0 league record and are 11-2 overall. Next is Sisters at 9-2 and 2-0 in league play. Cottage Grov is third at 1 and 1 and 7-2 overall followed by Sweet Home (1-1, 1-5), Junction City (0-2, 3-6), and La Pine (0-2. 0-6).

For the complete article see the 09-26-2012 issue.

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