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The Wildcats give the Pioneers their first loss in conference play on Wednesday.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Olivia Caldwell goes up for the spike against Wilsonville.



Northwest Oregon Conference
5A Volleyball

Team Score
Wilsonville
3
Sandy
1


WILSONVILLE — Coming into their match against Wilsonville, Sandy had breezed through their competition in Northwest Oregon Conference play, having only lost one set in their first 10 league matches.

But they picked the wrong night to not be on top of their game.

Wilsonville pulled off the emotional upset victory over the Pioneers on Wednesday night, taking the match 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 25-20.

"Our serve-receive tonight was the worst that I have seen it all year. If you can't pass the ball, you can't play volleyball," Sandy head coach Shyanna Davis said. "Wilsonville continued to put the pressure on us and we couldn't fire back. We expected to come in here and dominate, and we did not put the work in to do that."

Wilsonville is much improved under first-year head coach Nathan Blankenship as the Wildcats already surpassed their win total from last season weeks ago. With the win over the Pioneers, Blankenship has his team still in striking distance of a league title.

"I believe that we have been getting better all through the season, but we haven't hit our peak yet. We're still going to get better," Blankenship said. "We showed commitment tonight to playing the best we can, no matter who our opponent is."

It was clear from the beginning that Sandy was not as sharp as normal, and the Wildcats took full advantage. After Sandy tied the first set at 8-8, Wilsonville would go on an 11-2 run to take a nine-point lead, which got the home crowd riled up.

"We had a really rough time with defense. I think it was a confidence issue," Sandy outside hitter Olivia Caldwell said. "We came out really timid and it showed."


Look for expanded coverage in the Oct. 11 print edition.


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