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Indian volleyball splits matches at Banks, Seaside

Tribe plays two polar opposite matches, moves to 2-2 in Cowapa League play.


by: FILE PHOTO - Setter Brittany Catlow (12) and Alyssa Spang (6) leap to block a scoring attempt during the Sept. 12 win over Central. The Indians are now 2-2 in Cowapa League play, and head coach Mark Sprenger hopes to pick up another two victories this week.The Scappoose volleyball team split a pair of road matches last week, falling in straight sets to Banks, and sweeping Seaside to bring their record to 6-7 overall and an even 2-2 in the Cowapa league.

The Indians struggled to score at Banks (10-3, 4-0 Cowapa), hitting just 23 percent and committing 15 errors, thanks to a stout Banks defense and a little less-than-stellar play when the Braves were on the attack.

“Our problem was our serve receive. We gave t hem too many free points,” said head coach Mark Sprenger. “We did serve an exceptionally high serving percentage, but we had no aces. I would prefer that we serve a bit tougher and try to get some easy points while missing a few more serves.”

The Indians struggled to keep things close, falling 25-24, 25-12, 25-16, but the road team still picked up a few lessons.

“I think we learned a lot about where we are when competing against the top teams in the state,” said Sprenger. “We have some work to do.”

The Tribe turned things around in a hurry, dispatching Seaside 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 on Thursday, Sept. 26. Keeping with Sprenger's wishes, the Indians recorded five aces against the Gulls (3-8, 0-4 Cowapa) and still served an extremely high percentage.

“We played an overall good game,” said Sprenger. “We had a season high 41 kills. We passed the ball well. Our serving was on point. I give the defense tonight a lot of credit as well.”

Sprenger hopes to build on the victory and take their momentum into this week's matches.

“I am looking forward to a couple of wins next week against (Yamhill Carlton and Astoria,” he said.