Madras overmatched by Estacada
|Estacada (25, 25, 25)|
|Madras (12, 16, 17)|
It may have not been their cleanest game, but at the end of the day, Estacada was still superior team.
The Rangers cruised to a dominating win in the opening set and never looked back as they defeated Madras 25-12, 25-16, 25-17 on Tuesday, October 2.
"We're capable of demonstrating a lot more than what we showed tonight," Estacada head coach Mike King said. "I thought we were a little bit careless at times, but we did enough to get the job done. Madras did a really good job of keeping balls in play and making us earn our points."
A kill by Trinity Gach and an ace by Izzy Hagel put the Rangers on top 3-1 to start the opening game. Madras, however, came back with four consecutive points to take the 5-3 lead.
But Tessa Riedel responded with three straight kills to give the Rangers the lead back.
"I think we all had positive attitudes and that always helps us," Riedel said. "When we're all on the same page, we work a lot better…I don't think it was our best night, but we still played well and we did a good job of fixing our mistakes."
Madras was still hanging tough as a big spike Loraija Miller got the deficit down to one at 11-10, but they couldn't ever recover from the run that Estacada went on to end the first game.
Back-to-back kills by Sidnee Keller, followed with a pair of aces by Gach, allowed the Rangers to increase their advantage to 16-10. A kill by Miller stopped the bleeding momentarily, but it only delayed the inevitable.
Aces from Hagel and Riedel helped the Rangers complete their 14-2 run to easily win the opening set.
"We spend a lot of time working on our serving because if that is an area that we can completely control, it makes teams more uncomfortable with their passing and allows us more opportunities to score points," King said.
Look for extended coverage in the Oct. 11 print edition.