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Crook County High School Cowgirls rolls past The Dalles, Ridgeview and the Cougars

LON AUSTIN - Kendall Maycutt, 13, goes up for a kill against Ridgeview Saturday. The Cowgirls dropped the Ravens in a thriller, 25-18, 25-23, 24-26 and 26-24. The Cowgirls earned three wins during the week to move to 7-1.

The Crook County Cowgirl volleyball team took care of business this past week, winning all three of their matches.

The Cowgirls rolled past The Dalles Tuesday, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17, in Intermountain Conference play, despite battling injuries.

Then on Saturday, the Cowgirls rolled past Ridgeview, 25-18, 25-23, 24-26, 26-24, in a league match, and Mountain View, 25-20, 25-11, 25-16, in non-league action.

"I'm super proud of them," Crook County head coach Kristi Struck said of her team following Saturday's matches. "I wanted two wins for them today. We were battling injuries and a short season and COVID and all that stuff. It was really wonderful to see."

The wins put the Cowgirls in first place in the IMC with a 4-0 league record and a 7-1 overall mark. Meanwhile, Ridgeview falls to 4-1, and 5-3 overall, The Dalles falls to 0-5, and 0-6 overall, and the Mountain View Cougars, who have played possibly the toughest schedule in the state so far this year, fall to 0-7 overall.

Tuesday in The Dalles, the Cowgirls earned the win despite senior hitter Liz Barker not playing due to a minor, non-volleyball related injury.

It was serving that did much of the damage for Crook County, who went 67 for 72 from the service line with 14 aces.

Izzy Sherman went 5-5 from the service line, Jaycee Villastrigo 8-8, Kacie Stafford 14-14 with four aces, and Syrie Ossenkop was 26-28 from the service line with seven aces.

McKenzie Jonas led the Cowgirls in kills with 12, while Stafford and Kendall Maycutt each added nine kills. Jonas also had a pair of blocks, while Villastrigo finished with 13 digs, Josie Kasberger 12, Stafford 8, Jenny Mckinnon 7 and Ossenkop 5.

Mckinnon also led the Cowgirls in assists with 28.

Saturday was the first time that the Cowgirls had more than just a handful of spectators in the stands, and they were treated to some quality volleyball as the Ravens and Cowgirls battled it out for sole possession of first place in the IMC.

Despite neither Barker nor Stafford starting the match due to missing practices earlier in the week due to injuries, Crook County still jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. However, Ridgeview quickly rebounded and pulled ahead. The Ravens held a 13-9 lead when Stafford first took the floor. Barker came in just two points later and both players quickly had an impact on the match.

"Kacie and Liz make a huge impact on the court," Struck said. "Not only are they good and emotional leaders, but they are just so talkative, and they will go for every ball and that just makes their team better."

With Ossenkop serving, Crook County went on a tear, scoring 11 consecutive points as they took control of the set. Crook County went on to win the set 25-18. The Ravens jumped ahead early in the second set, but once again, the Cowgirls went on a late surge. After trailing 13-9, Crook County finally tied the Ravens at 18-18, then took their first lead of the set at 22-21 on a Maycutt kill.

Ridgeview tied the match at 23-23, but Crook County scored the final two points to take the set. It looked like Crook County would sweep the Ravens when they took a 24-19 lead in set three. However, Ridgeview refused to quit, scoring the final seven points of the set to stay alive in the match.

Set four looked like it was going to be all Cowgirls after they jumped out to an early 8-2 lead. But once again, the Ravens battled back. After trailing the entire way, the Ravens took their first lead at 24-23. However, Crook County scored the next three points on a block by Jonas, a Stafford kill, and a Jonas tip as the Cowgirls won the set and the match.

Once again, Crook County did much of the damage at the service line as they went 73-76 from the line as a team with seven aces.

Mckinnon went 13-13 with a pair of aces, while Kasberger went 14-14, Villastrigo 15-15, Stafford 16-16, and Ossenkop 22-23 with five aces.

Maycutt led Crook County in kills with 16, while Jonas added 14, and Stafford and Barker chipped in with nine and six respectively. Despite not starting the match, Stafford led the Cowgirls in digs with 20, while Mckinnon finished with 13, and Villastrigo and Kasberger each added 10 digs.

Jonas added six blocks, while Mckinnon had 37 assists.

Following the match, the Cowgirls had to wait while Mountain View and Ridgeview played each other, with Ridgeview taking the victory.

Crook County never trailed in the first two sets against Mountain View, but fell behind early in set three. However, the Cowgirls tied the match at 9-9, then slowly pulled away for the victory.

Once again, Crook County did much of their damage from the service line, going 62-68 with 13 aces.

Villastrigo was a perfect 15-15, while Mckinnon was 14-0 and Kasberger went 18-21.

Maycutt led Crook County in kills with 10, while Barker finished with five, and Stafford, Jonas and Ossenkop each added four. Jonas and Ossenkop each had a pair of blocks, while Mckinnon finished with 21 assists.

"Today we did a lot of good things, but we still have some things to fix," Struck said. "Most of it is mental errors, just allowing ourselves to relax too much instead of continuing to push, but once we get that fixed, they will be right where they need to be at the end of the season."

The Cowgirls host Hood River Valley, 2-2, 2-3, at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday, then go on the road to take on the Redmond Panthers, 1-4, 1-6, on Saturday in a 2 p.m. match.

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