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home : sports & recreation : sports & recreation December 12, 2017

10/10/2017 1:27:00 PM
Volleyball team knocks off league foes
Sam Silva slams a kill vs. Cottage Grove. photo by Jerry Baldock
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Sam Silva slams a kill vs. Cottage Grove. photo by Jerry Baldock

Outlaws faced top teams in Clearwater Classic
The Lady Outlaws competed against some of the top 5A and 6A teams in the state at the Clearwater Classic on Saturday, October 8.

Sisters missed Hawley Harrer, who was taking SATs, but the team responded well, stepped up, and showed resiliency in her absence. The Outlaws finished seventh out of the 24 teams that were in attendance.

Sisters started pool play with a 25-6, 25-10 victory over Redmond. The Outlaws had some opportunity to work on some new rotations against the Panthers, and the squad once again exhibited efficient offense and stellar serving. Sisters led from start to finish in both sets.

Ashlynn Cantwell led the Outlaws with 10 kills, four aces, followed by Kendra Sitz, who had eight kills in the match. Cassidy Ling-Scott dished out 14 assists and added four digs. Jessie Brigham served up 12 aces, and recorded eight digs.

Against Hood River Valley (ranked No. 15 with the OSAA), the Outlaws lost the first set 26-27, and came back to win the second 25-17. The first-set loss was due to a tournament cap for pool play. In the second set, the Outlaws regrouped, became more focused on their offense, and limited unforced errors. They found their rhythm behind consistent passing and serving and pushed ahead for the win.

Cantwell recorded nine kills and six digs, and Ling-Scott posted three kills, six assists and five digs. Rush tallied 10 assists, and Brigham finished with 15 digs and three aces.

In their final match of pool play, Sisters matched-up against 6A West Albany, who's ranked No. 9 with the OSAA. Both sets were close, with the score going back and forth between the two teams. In the first set, every Outlaw player contributed on offense and on the serving line, which resulted in a 25-18 win. The Bulldogs came out with strong offense in the second set, and it was a battle the entire way. Unfortunately, the Outlaws came up short by two points and lost 23-25.

Cantwell led the team with nine kills. Brigham had 21 digs in the match, followed by Ling-Scott, who added 10. Rush had 10 assists, and Ling-Scott added seven.

Sisters finished second in pool play, and had to wait and see which bracket they would compete in for the afternoon. The Outlaws ended up the highest No. 2-ranked team based on their +48 points earned in pool play, which meant they made the Gold Bracket, and would match up against local rival, Bend High, in the first round of bracket play.

The Outlaws came out ready to avenge their non-league loss from the Lava Bears earlier in the season. Sisters played with lots of emotion and intensity, and everyone contributed. The Outlaws had several set-point opportunities, but couldn't pull away from the tough Bend team, and again lost (26-27) due to the tournament cap rule.

In the second set, Sisters felt a bit defeated and soon found themselves down 0-4. Coach Rory Rush called a timeout and tried to get her team regrouped and refocused. After the timeout, Bend missed their serve, which gave the Outlaws the ball and the opportunity to regain some momentum. Sisters tied it up 4-4, and again it became a back-and-forth battle between the two teams.

Late in the game, the Outlaws found themselves on their heels trying to defend against Bend's powerful offense. It was too much for Sisters to overcome, and the Outlaws came up short once again (20-25). The loss gave the Outlaws a seventh-place finish in the tourney.

Kills and digs were distributed between several players. Cantwell had nine kills, and Sam and Sophia Silva and Ling-Scott recorded four. Brigham led the team with 21 digs, followed by Ling-Scott who recorded 10. Sam Silva and Cantwell each contributed six digs.

Rush recorded 10 assists, and Ling-Scott added seven.

Bend ended up facing Summit in the championship game, and came out on top to claim first-place honors.

Coach Rush said, "We had an opportunity to play some tough competition, face some adversity, and learn to work through that, as we prepare for a tough league game on Tuesday against Sweet Home. We did a great job playing together as a team."

By Rongi Yost

The Lady Outlaws continued their domination on the court as they swept league foes Cottage Grove (CG) and Sutherlin last week. Sisters posted scores of 25-17, 25-19, and 25-23 in their win at CG over the top-ranked Lions on Tuesday, October 3. Two days later, they tallied a three-set win at home over Sutherlin.

Tuesday's win over the Lions saw the Outlaws at the top of their game at the service line: as a team they posted 15 aces. Sisters jumped out quick in the first set and never looked back.

Hawley Harrer led the Outlaws with nine kills and seven assists, followed by Kendra Sitz who contributed six kills. Erynn Ricker tallied 10 blocks in the match.

Two days later, the Outlaws defeated the Sutherlin Bulldogs in three quick sets. It was hard for the Bulldogs to return the Outlaws' serves, and time after time they shanked the ball.

Ashlynn Cantwell had a six-point serving run in the first set, which put the Outlaws on top 8-2. Sophia Silva had a four-point serving run and Harrer recorded a five-point run, all of which helped the Outlaws hold the lead the entire way.

The second set was much the same. Cantwell started the game with 12 straight serves, followed by Silva, who contributed a nine-point run, and gave the Outlaws a commanding 21-2 advantage. The serving was so incredible that the team didn't even make one full rotation.

In the third game, the Outlaws were able to mix up their line-up and rest some key players. Ellie Rush started the set with an ace and had a four-point serving run. All players got time on the court, and they never lost their focus. (See story on the Outlaws' performance at Clearwater Classic Tournament at

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