Bucks set for key stretch in Tri-River
ST. PAUL — The St. Paul volleyball team prepped for a pair of major clashes in the Tri-River Conference title chase next week by dispatching East Linn Christian and Santiam last week.
The Buckaroos swept both contests, downing the Eagles 25-15, 25-5, 25-10 on the road Sept. 26 before returning home to tame the Wolverines 25-12, 25-15, 25-20 on Sept. 28.
Sophomore outside hitter Isabelle Wyss paced the offense with 10 kills at East Linn Christian, with senior outside Logan Robinson adding nine kills and middle blocker Haley Scott chipping in with seven.
Senior captain Marley Martinez kicked off a strong week of serving for the Bucks, opening the second set with a 16-point run that included seven aces. Martinez finished with eight aces on the night as the Bucks piled up 22 to as a team.
Robinson was all over the court versus Santiam, registering nine kills and eight digs while also going 13-for-14 on serve with two aces.
Sophomore middle blocker Erin Counts led the team with 10 kills and five blocks, while Martinez and Karlee Southerland dished out 11 assists apiece.
The Bucks once again tested themselves against top-notch competition over the weekend, falling to host Creswell 25-21, 25-20 in bracket play at the Bulldogs' tournament Saturday. Creswell is the No. 7 ranked team in 3A.
No. 4 St. Paul (9-5, 6-1 TRC) currently sits in second place behind No. 3 Central Linn (15-1, 7-0) and after squaring off against No. 15 Regis (6-7, 4-3) at home Tuesday (results unavailable at press time) will face a hostile environment Thursday at No. 6 Kennedy (13-4, 4-2).
Boys water polo
Newberg Tournament — In pool play, the Tigers bested Parkrose 14-5, topped Reynolds 8-4 and toppled Summit 15-2 to advance the finals. Newberg then took home its own tournament title for the second consecutive year by blasting Bellevue, Wash., 12-4. Zach Jordan scored four goals and grabbed three steals in the title game, which also saw Will Mehler nab a team-high five steals. Goalie Wilson Johnson made nine saves.
Newberg 12, Tualatin 0 — Nine different Tiger players scored in the game, with Jordan notching a team-best three tallies Monday night.
Girls water polo
Newberg 14, Tualatin 5 — Hailey Day scored six goals and swiped three steals for the Tigers Monday night.
West Linn 56, Newberg 0 — The No. 1 Lions (5-0, 3-0) jumped out to a 28-0 lead after one quarter and limited the Tigers (2-3, 0-3 TRL) to 83 yards of total offense.