Pioneers win marathon second set, but fall in four to Sherwood
Sandy finishes the week with a 4-4 record in league
Sandy struck terror into the hearts of the Sherwood Bowmen with its play in the first two sets of Thursdays volleyball match. Sherwood turned its fear into a display of shear power and went on an absolute tear, leaving the Pioneers behind.
The Bowmen put on a clinic in the third set and cruised to a 3-1 (26-24, 32-34, 25-7, 25-20) win.
After two sets, Sandy looked poised to upset Sherwood for the second time this season. The Pioneers opened the match hot and stayed right with Sherwood, and even had an early lead. The Bowmen did just enough to edge Sandy in the first set, but had to work for it.
Although the Pioneers dropped the opening game, they were not intimidated at all. Just watching their body language, you would have thought the Pioneers were the team with the one-set lead.
The second set was an epic battle that neither team wanted, or deserved, to lose. It was again close all the way, but Sandy was on top for most of the set this time. The Pioneers had multiple game points, but Sherwood managed to erase them. Finally, with a 33-32 lead, Sandy closed out the set to tie the match.
Sandy could have used its momentum to take control at that pivotal point in the match, but Sherwood had other ideas. The Bowmen completely flipped the switch in the third set and turned into a different team. They started hammering the ball with everything they had on every hit, and it blew Sandy away.
They came out with a renewed fire in that third set and it put us on our heels, Sandy coach Chris Meyers said. For the first time this year, we allowed ourselves to doubt ourselves. We started trying too hard and we questioned whether we were good enough. We have not done that all season.
Sherwood smoked Sandy in the third set, 20-7. There wasnt a moment in the set were the Pioneers showed the same confidence they displayed in the previous two games.
Sandy was a bit more composed in the fourth set, but still lacked energy and looked tentative at times. Sherwood earned a five-point victory in the fourth set to put the match to rest.
When we have played tough competition this year we have risen to the challenge and played some great volleyball. For whatever reason, that didn't happen in the third set, Meyers said. While we played better in the fourth set, we still did not play with that confidence that we have had all season.
The Pioneers fell to 4-4 in the Northwest Oregon Conference standings and 7-7 overall with the setback to Sherwood. Alex Ford led the team with 16 kills, and also mustered 22 digs. Bekah Mather added 13 kills and a team-high four aces. Paige Eisert was the team leader in digs with 34 and McKenzie Nolin set well, recording 24 assists.