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Sisters is the only volleyball squad that's been able to beat Crook County this season

LON AUSTIN - Kacie Stafford smacks a shot at the net against Redmond March 9. The Cowgirls, with very few practices, have started strong, winning three matches against just one loss.

The Crook County Cowgirl volleyball team finished a busy week on Saturday with sweeps of Pendleton and La Grande.

Earlier in the week, the Cowgirls rolled past Redmond, before falling to the Sisters Outlaws.

Tuesday the Cowgirls had no trouble dispatching Redmond, sweeping the Panthers 25-10, 25-18, 25-15.

The Cowgirls went 60-66 from the service line with 17 aces. Jenny McKinnon went 14-15 with six aces, while Josie Kasberger was 21-23 with five aces. Kacie Stafford and Kendall Maycutt each finished with nine kills, while McKenzie Jonas added five. Stafford also led the team in digs with 16, while McKinnon had 21 assists.

Wednesday against the Sisters Outlaws was a different story. The Outlaws led throughout, although the Cowgirls kept it close most of the night. But in the end, Sisters won 25-22, 25-12, 25-22.

"We are definitely making progress," Crook County head coach Kristy Struck said following the Sisters match. "This was a fast-paced game tonight. I'm super proud of the progress they've made in just a handful of practices, playing like a team instead of six separate individuals. That, I think, is the thing that we have going for us."

The Cowgirls went just 40-45 from the service line with six aces. Syrie Ossenkop went 11-11 with one ace, Kasberger was 9-10 with three aces and Jaycee Villastrigo went 10-10 with one ace.

Jonas led the team in kills with seven, while Maycutt finished with five and Liz Barker added four. Jonas had a team-high four blocks, while Villastrigo led the team in digging with 11.

Although the matches were close on Saturday in Pendleton the Cowgirls were still in control throughout the day, defeating the Buckaroos 27-25, 25-18, 25-14 before dispatching La Grande 25-20, 25-17, 25-17.

Stafford led the Cowgirls in kills against Pendleton with 14, while Maycutt added 11 and Jonas finished with 8. Izzy Sherman went a perfect 11-11 from the service line, while Villastrigo was 9-10, McKinnon 13-14, Kasberger 16-18 with three aces, Stafford 8-8 with a pair of aces and Ossenkop went 12-14.

Stafford led the team in digs with 16, while Kasberger added 14 and Villastrigo 12.

In their final match of the week, the Cowgirls finished with 13 aces as the team went 74-79 from the service line. Sherman was 9-10 with four aces, Villastrigo went 12-12 with three aces, Kasberger was a perfect 17-17, while Stafford went 11-11 and McKinnon 13-14.

Stafford also led the team in kills with nine, while Maycutt added six and Ossenkop four. Villastrigo led the team in digs with 14, while Stafford finished with 12.

"I hope they realize what they are capable of and what they can achieve on a regular basis," Struck said. "It should be the rule rather than the exception."

The Cowgirls, 2-0 in league, 4-1 overall, go on the road to take on The Dalles, 0-3, 0-4 on Tuesday, then host Ridgeview, 3-0, 3-1, and Mountain View, 0-4. The Cowgirls will play Ridgeview at 11 a.m., Ridgeview will play Mountain View at 1 p.m., then the Cowgirls will take on Mountain View in the final match of the day at 3 p.m.


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