Sept. 28, 2019 — Lady Viks win one, lose one this week
It took four sets, but the Lady Vikings were able to claim their first Sky-Em League win last Tuesday, on their home court against rival Marist Catholic in a dramatic 3-1 match win.
Siuslaw opened the match with a decisive 25-16 win that seemed to put the Spartans on their heels heading into the second game. But Marist rallied, taking Siuslaw down to the wire and forcing the set into extra points before the Viks were able to edge out Marist, 29-27.
Siuslaw’s momentum carried them into a 13-2 lead to start game three, only to have the Spartans rally once again and close the gap to within a few points. The Viks pulled ahead again to an 18-7 advantage which appeared to position Siuslaw for a three-game sweep.
Marist had other ideas and battled back to take the third game, 25-23, denying a sweep for Siuslaw.
“I was worried how we would respond to that in the fourth set,” said Siuslaw coach Jonathan Hornung. “But the girls served tough and finished strong.”
The Viks began the fourth game much like the first, getting ahead 18-7 before finishing off the Spartans to win the match, 25-18.
“Marist made us work for points and didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Hornung said of the Spartans, who Siuslaw will face again toward the end of the season on Oct. 10 at Marist.
Desi Tupua had 12 kills and Elissa Hurley scored 11 kills, with 10 kills each from Mia Collins and Kay Blake, along with five kills from Hailee Outlaw.
Defensively, Hayden Muller had 19 digs and Lindsey Long had seven against Marist.
The win put Siuslaw at 1-1 in league play after their loss to Cottage Grove in the league opener, and 6-4 overall and ranked at No. 13 within the OSAA’s 4A division.
Two nights later, Siuslaw was on the court again, this time at Marshfield, to take on the No. 14-ranked Pirates looking for their first Sky-Em win — which they got in a three-game sweep of Siuslaw, 25-20, 25-21, 25-13.