Volleyball team wins twice heading into league
The Estacada volleyball team rounded out the preseason with a pair of convincing wins last week. The Rangers rolled to a four-set win (25-4, 25-14, 22-25, 25-9) against Scappoose on Wednesday and earned a sweep over Yamhill (25-17, 25-12, 25-16) on the road on Thursday.
Estacada did everything well in its four-set victory over Scappoose. The win was fueled by inspired defense, stifling serving and efficient hitting.
Our game against Scappoose was exciting. Scappoose has a great defensive team and we never let up on them, Estacada coach Shawna Lippert said. The girls are playing competitive volleyball and our defense has improved immensely since the first couple weeks of practice.
Jessica Wheeler provided a spark for the Rangers in all phases of the game. She led the team in digs with 16 and aces with four. Wheeler had seven kills on the offensive attack.
Like Wheeler, Tori Johnson and Sarah Davies impacted the match on both sides of the net. Johnson went for 10 kills and four blocks while Davies added three blocks and a team-high 15 kills. Bri Wood contributed six kills to the effort, Ashley Teel pitched in with nine digs and Katie Nation and Mackenzie Gipple had three aces each.
In their win at Yamhill, the Rangers were dominant from the first serve. They again controlled the match with a complete team effort and left Yamhill flustered. The Tigers fell behind early in all three sets and never found a rhythm. Estacada did not allow a run of more than four points in the match.
We were relentless, Lippert said. The girls are working together on the floor and supportive of one another. This is what a coach wants to see this early in a team. They had fun and it was obvious how much they wanted to beat Yamhill.
Johnson had eight kills while posting a remarkable hitting percentage of .583. She was the team leader in blocks with three. Nation was nearly perfect from behind the service line as she racked up nine aces and just one error on 32 attempts. She tied for the team lead in digs with six. Wheeler was the other co-leader in digs and she added two blocks and three aces. Davies again reached the double-digit kill mark with 10.
Estacada (3-2) hosts Madras (0-7) in the Tri-Valley Conference opener for both teams at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.