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The Dalles wins in close three-set match; Cowgirls and Riverhawks are now tied atop the Tri-Valley standings

LON AUSTIN  - Lillimae Brumble gets up for a kill shot against The Dalles Thursday. The Cowgirls came up short against the third-ranked Riverhawks and lost a tight three-set match. In a showdown between Tri-Valley Conference volleyball powers, The Dalles tipped Crook County Thursday in straight sets 25-23, 25-18 and 28-26.

The tough loss at The Dalles put the Cowgirls in a tie with the Riverhawks at 6-1 in league. Crook County won the first matchup between the two teams in a five-set thriller in Prineville Sept. 15. The Dalles hasn't lost a set since that defeat.

Overall, The Dalles is 17-2 overall while Crook County, which has played many upper division quality programs in tournaments, is 12-7.

On Wednesday, the Cowgirls had no trouble knocking off Molalla at home 25-17, 25-13, 25-4.

The Cowgirls are now ranked seventh in the 4A classification while The Dalles is ranked third. Marshfield is ranked No. 1 and Cascade No. 2.

Crook County continues its tough schedule on Saturday at the Clearwater Classic tournament in Bend. In pool play, the Cowgirls are scheduled to face North Medford at 8 a.m. at Bend High School, and they'll also play Jesuit and Caldera.

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