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David Douglas turns back a pair of set points to pick up a pivotal win over the Gophers

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - David Douglas middle blocker Lydia Collins celebrates after the Scots won a point in the decisive fourth set Wednesday against Gresham.



6A VOLLEYBALL
Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
David Douglas (25, 25, 22, 29)
3
Gresham (15, 22, 25, 27)
1


The David Douglas volleyball team picked up a much-needed win at Gresham on Wednesday night to bolster its postseason hopes.

Heading into the final week of the regular season, both teams are battling to stay in the hunt for one of the 6A play-in qualifiers and a chance to reach the playoffs.

An intense fourth set would decide it on the Gophers' senior night.

The Gophers were up 23-20 and the match appeared destined for a fifth set.

Not so fast.

Each side would turn back a pair of set points, as the score crawled into extra time.

The Scots earned their third try at match point behind the tenacious play of Lydia Collins in the middle. After watching a pair of attacks get dug up on the other side, Collins rose up quickly in the middle and blocked the ball to the side only to see Gresham libero Morgan Olofson dive headfirst into the Gophers' bench. The ball deflected off her arms and carried over the net.

"It was frustrating," Collins said. "The point just kept going and going and going. We just had to stay strong — stay on our 'A' game."

As it turned out, the Scots wouldn't have to send another attack at the net.

The boundary official charged down the line, waving his flag, indicating that the Gophers' final return had clipped the side antennae.

Point Scots.

Gresham hit the ball long on the next volley, allowing David Douglas to close out the 25-15, 25-22, 22-25, 29-27 match victory.

The win left the teams tied for fifth place in the Mount Hood Conference.


View photos from the match at daveball.exposuremanager.com.


Look for expanded coverage ahead in our Friday, Oct. 13, print edition.

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