The Lady Outlaws swept their way to the top spot in the 4A Oregon West Conference. They defeated Cascade in three straight sets on Tuesday, October 19, and two days later on senior night they posted a 3-0 win over Woodburn. The wins gave them co-champion status with Cascade.

Tuesday’s match against Cascade was a battle from start to finish. In the first set the Outlaws played from behind the whole game. They were down 17-21 when Hannah Fendall stepped back to serve. The Outlaws defended the serve with two big kills from Gracie Vohs, and the momentum shifted. Sisters went on a roll and tied it up with seven straight kills. The Outlaws took a one-point lead and then the Cougars made a hitting error on game point to give Sisters the win.

Sydney Myhre served for the first seven points in the second set to put the Outlaws up 7-0. The Cougars called a time-out, but that didn’t disrupt the Outlaws’ focus. Sisters maintained the lead and went on to win 25-18.

The third and final set was back and forth the entire time, and a barn-burner at the end. Midway through, Vohs stepped

back to serve and pushed the Outlaws to a 18-13 lead, but the momentum didn’t last. 

A Cascade player cut herself and the game came to a halt as the player waited for a bandaid. The Cougars called for a time-out, and when teams got back on the court Cascade had the momentum. The Cougars went on a six-point run and the Outlaws found themselves down 19-20. The score went back and forth, point by point, and with the game deadlocked 23-23, teams exchanged service errors to tie the game 26-26. The lead switched back and forth until Gracelyn Myhre stepped back to the line and served the remainder of the game. Sydney Myhre tallied two great kills during her sister’s service-run to give the Outlaws the 31-29 win.Sydney Myhre recorded 13 kills and four blocks, Gracie Vohs logged 12 kills and nine blocks, and Gracelyn Myhre added eight kills. Mia Monaghan tallied 16 digs and Hannah Fendall dished out 35 assists. Two days later the Outlaws celebrated senior night and wrapped up league play with a sweep at home against Woodburn.Seniors Greta Davis, Sydney Myhre, Maddie Pollard, and Bre White were all honored prior to the match, and Coach Rory Rush praised her group of senior players.“This group of seniors has been such a pleasure to coach,” said Rush. “They have raised the level of play in our program and pushed the expectations of those coming up behind them. I know they will do big things as they move on to their next adventures. This season has been full of ups and downs and around each corner they have persevered. We are excited to continue our journey at the state tournament.”Emotions were high after celebrating the seniors, and became even more so as Greta Davis, who has been out with a leg injury since early in the season, started her final senior game with the first serve. After the serve she received a standing ovation for being on the court and was recognized for all of her hard work on the court the last four years. Coach Rush met her as she walked off the court and enfolded her in a big hug. Teammates were also there with many hugs and tears for their captain and fellow teammate.All the emotion of senior night made for a rough start for the home team as they committed several unforced errors. Woodburn kept the game close with no more than a two-point spread. Rush called for a time-out and gave her team some time to settle down and regain their composure.Midway through the set, with the Outlaws down 13-14, Bre White stepped up to the service line. A hard kill from Gracie Vohs went straight down to the middle of the court and tied the game 14-14. White’s serves pulled the Outlaws to a 19-14 lead.Powerful kills from Vohs and Bailey Robertson put the Outlaws on top 22-16. Hannah Fendall stepped back to the service line and proceeded to get the kill for another point. Fendall tipped the ball down the line for a point and then served the ball to get the Outlaws the 25-16 win.In the second and third sets, the Outlaws dominated the court from start to finish. Sisters logged numerous aces and hard, powerful kills to easily win both sets with scores of 25-6, 25-6.Sydney Myhre logged 12 kills, four blocks, and five aces, and Vohs recorded 10 kills, five blocks and six aces on the night. White added eight kills in the match.Davis commented on the emotional night.“When I went to serve I heard the crowd and the students chanting my name and immediately  tears came to my eyes,” said Davis. “I felt so loved and supported and it reemphasized to me that Sisters is the best place in the world to grow up. After the win, it was a huge relief. It helped us move past the tough parts of our season and set our sights on a state title!”Sydney Myhre and Maddie Pollard also commented on the contest.Myhre said, “We had a slow start with a new starting lineup and emotions were high because it was senior night. But we picked it up and had a good game. It was a fun game to end league with, but we are ready to focus on playoffs this next week.” Pollard said, “Things started off a little rough, but we were quickly able to find our groove and play like the confident team we are! Going forward into playoffs our goal is to practice hard and continue to build our chemistry. We have such a talented group of girls and we’re all working toward the same goal: winning State and finishing the season strong.”The Lady Outlaws will host the first round of State on Saturday, October 30. Their opponent and the time of the match is still unknown.