Newberg High volleyball team moves one step closer to league crown
HS sports round-up The Tigers beat Glencoe and Tualatin to improve to 9-1 in league
Maintaining its one-game lead over McMinnville by besting Glencoe and Tualatin last week, Newberg is still on track to bring home the Pacific Conference title with four games remaining in the regular season.
The Tigers were pushed to five games by the Crimson Tide earlier in the season, but hosting the rematch Oct. 1, rolled to a relatively uneventful 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 victory at McGrath Gymnasium.
Rachel Thompson slammed a team-high 14 kills to seal the win, with Maya Adams and Emma Voss adding six apiece. Gaby Aihara passed out 28 assists to go along with her three kills and four digs.
Tualatin managed to take the first set from the Tigers 25-21 Oct. 3, but Newberg recovered to win the next three 25-18, 25-22, 25-15.
Taylor Berger racked up 12 kills, with Emmie Schmidt adding eight and Thompson seven. Aihara had 37 assists to go along with five kills and nine digs.
We played a little safe which gave Tualatin room to sneak a set in on us, head coach Mackenzie Upchurch said. We will need to continue to focus on executing the small things in order to elevate our game further through the postseason.
McMinnville 4, Newberg 1 The Tigers trailed 2-1 at halftime and gave up a pair of counterattacking goals trying to press for the tying goal.
Perrydale 3, Veritas 1 The Pirates came out on top 25-19, 25-15, 19-25, 25-22 as Brianna Stoppa collected 12 kills and 11 digs for the Vanguard.
St. Paul 3, Country Christian 0 The Bucks were consistent on serve, pushing St. Paul to a 25-23, 25-10, 25-21 win that all but wrapped up the regular season Casco League title.
Dufur 64, St. Paul 30 The Bucks took a 22-16 lead in the first quarter against No. 4 Dufur, but the Rangers scored 42 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to hand St. Paul its fourth loss.