Tigard gets sweep of Century to continue its strong play

TIGARD — The Tigard High School volleyball team is looking to make plenty of noise during the second half of the Pacific Conference season.

It’s likely that Century heard the Tigers loud and clear.

Tigard picked up its second straight victory to start the second half of conference play as it rolled to a 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 win over the Jaguars in a match played Tuesday at Tigard High School.

“We want to dominate,” Tigard sophomore outside hitter Cassie Erickson said after the win. “We’ve worked hard and fixed things.”

“We’re looking to reclaim some victories,” said Tigard senior middle blocker Michelle Simmons, who was a dominating force at the net in Tuesday’s DAN BROOD - SMACK -- Tigard sophomore outside hitter Cassie Erickson (9) powers the ball past Century freshman Delaney Seitz during Tueday's match at Tigard. The Tigers triumphed in a three-set sweep.

Century fell to 3-6 in conference play with the setback. Tigard, which finished the first half of league play with a 4-3 mark, moved to 6-3 in conference matches with the win, which marked its second straight impressive victory to start the second half of league action.

“We got a nice win at Glencoe (a 26-24, 25-11, 21-25, 25-15 victory last Thursday) and we followed that up with another one tonight,” Tigard coach Rob Coelho said. “The girls sure took care of business tonight.”

The Tigers seemed to do that right from the start.

Holding a 7-6 lead to open the first set, Tigard got back-to-back kills by Erickson and senior Lindsey Rosette to open a 9-6 advantage. The Tigers stayed in control from there.

Tigard pushed the margin to 13-9 on a kill by Rosette off a set by freshman Hannah Miller.

Century trimmed the lead to 15-13, only to watch the Tigers pull away again. With Miller serving, Tigard scored three straight points, one coming on a tip by Rosette and one on a block by Simmons, to make the score 19-13.

The Tigard lead was at 24-20 following another kill by Rosette. A Century error on the next point gave the Tigers a 25-20 first-set victory.

Tigard also got a fast start to the second set. With senior Kelcy Mullaly serving, the Tigers rolled off eight straight points to take a 9-2 lead. Rosette had a kill and a block during the scoring spree and junior Sasha Hershey added a pair of kills.

A block and a kill by Simmons helped Tigard take a 13-7 lead. Kills by junior Ashley Holzgang and Erickson and a tip by Miller gave the Tigers a 20-13 advantage.

Century, coming back strong, trimmed the lead to 24-23 on a kill by senior Leighanna O’Connor. But Tigard got the next point, coming on a kill by junior outside hitter Kaylie Boschma to close out the 25-23 second-set win.

Century got off to a strong start to the third set of the match. The Jaguars took a 7-3 lead on a block by junior Angie Quiocho, but the Tigers came roaring back.

Tigard tied the set at 7-7 on a block by Hershey and then took an 8-7 lead on a kill by Rosette. The lead went back and forth from there.

The set was tied at 12-12, but Tigard, getting a block by Simmons and a kill by Rosette off a Miller set, went up 14-12. The Tigers took off from there.

Another block by Simmons and back-to-back kills by Rosette gave the home team a 17-12 lead. Kills by Simmons, Erickson and Rosette helped Tigard up the margin to 20-15.

From there, a point on serve by Simmons and a pair of kills by Rosette pushed the Tigers to a 25-17 third-set victory.

“That was so much fun,” Erickson said. “We’ve definitely improved a lot. We’re staying positive and we came out with a lot of energy.”

“We came out ready to go,” Simmons said. “We were ready to play our own game. And it was great to have the home court and take advantage of that.”

Simmons also looked to be a key factor in the win, with her strong play at the net.

“I’ve been working on my blocking a lot,” she said. “I’m glad it’s paying off.”

“Michelle really picked it up,” Coelho said. “She’s taken her game up another notch. She’s a force out there.”

Tigard will be back in action today (Thursday) when it plays at McMinnville in a conference match starting at 6:45 p.m. The Tigers will host rival Tualatin Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.

Tigard lost to both of those teams in the first half of conference play.

“Tualatin is on our minds,” Simmons said. “But we have to think about McMinnville first. We’re ready for them.”

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