Lady Sailors meet rough waters at Alsea

Mapleton's Jahala Blake goes for a kill with back-up from Heather Wierchs. (photo by Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News)

Alsea d Mapleton: 25-6, 25-17, 25-13

Mapleton’s volleyball team traveled to Alsea on Saturday (March 27) to take on the Wolverines in a hard-fought game that eventually saw Alsea claim a three-game sweep of the Sailors, 3-0.

Coach Molly Dooley acknowledged that it was a tough matchup for the Sailors, and she was impressed with her team’s persistence throughout.

“Alsea is very experienced, and they also have height and power — so that was really a tough mind block to go against,” said Dooley. “So, I was really proud of the girls because they didn't let that scare them, and they kept going for balls. Even with a six-foot-tall girl smacking it down their faces, they were still getting the ball!”

The first set was a difficult one, with the Sailors losing 25-6. Alsea also had the benefit of having an older team, in addition to the height advantage.

Said Dooley, “They have lots of experience and they have a lot of upperclassmen, too. So, I knew it was going to be a tough game going into it. I’m just proud because they never gave up, they kept playing hard to the last point.”

Going into the second set, the Sailors kept fighting, and came much closer to a win finishing the set at 17-25.

As Dooley explained, “That was really nice to go after a first set where you just didn't get very many points at all, to go into that second set, and come back and try and do the best we could. We managed to get pretty close, so that was fun to see.”

In the third set, the Sailors succumbed to the Wolverines 13-25 to complete the sweep.

But again, the girls kept fighting until the very end.

In addition to their relentless attitude, Dooley was pleased that her younger players are getting more experience and taking more chances on both offense and defense.

“Freshman Kylee Carson got a really good touch [at the net],” said Dooley. “It was really cool to see her as a brand-new player starting to get a little more aggressive on that net.”

Last night (March 30), Mapleton hosted Crow (after press time) for Senior Night and will travel to Crow this Thursday (April 1) for a match beginning at 6 p.m.