Mountain West and Sky-Em Volleyball in full swing

From left: Morgan Milbrett, Opal Burruss, Micayla Flansberg, Helen Burruss, Kylee Carson and Tiyler Gloe

Mapleton loses two; Siuslaw opens with league win at Marist

Sept. 23, 2021 – 

Yoncalla d Mapleton 25-15, 25-14, 25-11

Alsea d Mapleton 25-11, 25-13, 25-16


The Mapleton High School volleyball team lost two hard fought matches last week.

The Sailors traveled to Yoncalla on Sept. 18 and lost in three games. Freshman Morgan Milbrett had 2 aces and 1 kill.

Three nights later, Mapleton faced another Mountain West foe, Alsea, and also fell in three games.

The Sailors showed amazing resiliency by continuing to fight regardless of the score. Senior Opal Burruss had 3 kills and 1 ace and her teammate Milbrett equaled those numbers by also getting 3 kills and an ace.

The Sailors have had a difficult season, with opponents cancelling matches at least once a week since Mountain West play started. The two losses put Mapleton at 0-3 in league play and 2-9 overall.

The Sailors were on the court Thursday at Eddyville after press deadlines and will next play Thursday, Sept. 30, for their second match-up of the year with Alsea at 6 p.m.


Siuslaw d Marist 25-11, 25-17, 25-15

The Siuslaw Viking volleyball team opened Sky-Em League play on Sept. 21 with a three-game sweep of the Marist Spartans.

After taking the first set 25-11, the Vikings found themselves down 6-13 to the Spartans in game two. Siuslaw regrouped to take the lead and game, 25-17. Then they took game three 25-15 to take the match 3-0.

Hayden Muller had 33 digs and 10 perfect passes on the night. Mylee Blake had 8 kills, and Rhianna Lane had 8 kills and 3 blocks. 

“The girls just played so solid as a team tonight. Every girl who touched the floor had a strong game and overall, it was just a great team effort,” said Coach Kari Blake. “Everyone played their position well. It was nice to see things starting to fall into place and the team starting to gel, just in time for our league opener. Felt great to come home 1-0 in league for all three of our teams tonight.”

Both of Siuslaw’s junior varsity teams also swept Marist 3-0.

The Vikings played Marshfield at home on Thursday after press deadlines and travel to Elmira for another Sky-Em League battle on Tuesday, Sept. 28.