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Crook County Cowgirls win six of seven sets in two matches played in Eugene Thursday

The Crook County High School volleyball team received good news this past week as starters Kendall Maykut and Alexys Wells were able to return to the lineup after missing the first three matches of the season.

Finally at full strength for the first time all year, the Cowgirls took advantage, defeating Marist Catholic and Hidden Valley on the road last Thursday.

In matches held in Eugene, Crook County dispatched Marist Catholic 25-11, 27-25, 25-14 in the opening match of the evening, then defeated Hidden Valley 25-27, 25-18, 25-21, 25-4 in the nightcap.

Crook County was inconsistent throughout the night, occasionally struggling, but also showing moments of brilliance.

Both Maykut and Wells made their presence felt immediately. Maykut went 17-18 from the service line with three aces against Marist Catholic, while Wells was 9-10, also with three aces. Wells added seven digs, while Maykut finished with four kills.

As a team, the Cowgirls went 67-75 from the service line with 15 aces. Jacey Ramoss went 15-15 from the line with three aces, while Jenny McKinnon was 12-13, also with three aces.

McKenzie Jonas led the team offensively against Marist Catholic with 10 kills, while Josie Kasberger finished with nine. Jonas added a season-high four blocks, while Jaycee Villastrigo led the Cowgirls defensively with 12 digs. McKinnon finished with nine digs and 25 assists.

Crook County easily won both the first and third sets against Marist Catholic, although they struggled to win the second set.

Meanwhile, against Hidden Valley, the Cowgirls dropped the opening set before winning the final three sets of the night, completely dominating the final set of the night.

The Cowgirls went 83-92 from the service line with 16 aces against the Mustangs. Villastrigo led the way, going 15-15 with four aces. Maykut went 20-22 with four aces, while Wells went 21-23 with a pair of aces. McKinnon was also strong from the service line, going 11-12 with three aces.

Once again, Jonas led the Cowgirl offensive attack, this time with 15 kills, while Kasberger was also in double figures with 11 kills, and Maykut finished with eight. Ramoss led the Cowgirls in digs with 15 while Maykut finished with 11 and Wells seven. Once again, McKinnon directed the Cowgirl offensive attack, this time with 32 assists.

With the pair of wins, the Cowgirls are now 4-1 in the year and seventh in the OSAA power rankings.

The team opens league play on Thursday when they host The Dalles, 1-2, in a 6:30 p.m. match. The Cowgirls then close out the week on Saturday at the Rogue Valley Classic, which will be held in Medford. The tournament features many of the top teams in Class 6A, so should be a good test for the Cowgirls.

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