Rangers push league-leading Corbett to limit
Estacada's volleyball team pushed league-leading Corbett to the limit Monday night before getting blitzed at the start of the fifth set.
The Rangers found themselves in a must-win situation in the fourth set in which Estacada pulled even four times only to see Corbett win the next point to maintain the upper hand late into the game.
Rylie Canifax delivered an ace to knot the score for a fifth time, and Corbett was called for a double touch on the next point to vault the Rangers in front 20-19.
They would not squander the opportunity.
Rylie Gipple followed with a tough serve that saw Corbett send a free ball back across. Estacada's big-hitter Makaelyn Jennings was ready, rising high above the middle and spiking one over that ricocheted off a pair of Cardinals. In the resulting confusion, three Corbett players stepped away from a pass allowing the ball to drop in the front row.
Gipple followed with an ace to bring up set point, which the Rangers put away when Corbett bumped another free ball over the net, sailing long and out of bounds.
Estacada claimed eight of the last nine points in the game.
It marked the first time this season that Corbett, unbeaten in league, has been pushed to a fifth set.
The Cardinals responded with libero Riley Madnzij serving out nine straight points to give Corbett quick command of the decisive set.
Estacada whittled the margin down to three points in the late stages after Shae Anderson pounded down a floater that Corbett left over the middle.
But the Cardinals closed out the match 15-10 by winning a long final rally off a kill by Hannah Bubna.
Corbett outscored Estacada 107-95 for the match.
After dropping a closely-contested first set, the Rangers took the second 25-22 to even the match.
Jennings got things rolling early with a big swing that rocked a Corbett player onto her heels. She then went to the service line and delivered an ace. Jennings added a kill through the middle to put Estacada on top 16-13.
Corbett would regain the lead late in the set only to have Estacada fight back and reach set point after a series of aces by Jennings. Estacada closed out the set when Corbett sent an attack into the net.
The Rangers (9-9) finish the regular season at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday against last-place Madras. Estacada enters that match one spot out of the berth in the 4A qualifier matches.
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This story is slated for our Oct. 24, print edition.
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