Newberg volleyball drops match at Sherwood
SHERWOOD — The Newberg High School volleyball team got off to a hot start in its match with Sherwood — a red-hot start.
But, unfortunately for the Tigers, the Bowmen answered with a super-strong finish. And they got a key conference win to show for it.
Newberg, after rolling to a 25-9 first-set victory, watched Sherwood rally to win the next three sets by scores of 25-20, 25-18 and 25-19, to earn a 3-1 win in the Pacific Conference match played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.
"I think we've definitely played better," Newberg senior middle blocker Tori Petersen said after the contest. "I think they had a good game."
Sherwood evened its conference record at 2-2 with the victory and is 3-5 overall, putting the Bowmen in fourth place in the conference standings.
"Oh, this is huge," Sherwood senior outside hitter Alli Douglass said. "We've been playing all season and haven't had much success yet, but we've really been bonding as a team, and working hard in practices and it finally showed up tonight."
Newberg moved to 2-1 in conference play with the setback and is 8-3 overall, putting the Tigers in third place in the conference standings, one match behind co-leaders Glencoe and McMinnville, who are each 3-0.
"I think we have a really close team and we've all played together for a real long time," Petersen said of Newberg's strong start to the season. "We have eight seniors and that helps. We've all been together for a long time and I think we all have good connections. We're all really good friends."
The Tigers, in the opening set of the match, took control early. Back-to-back kills by freshman outside hitter Sophia Gregoire-Salagean gave Newberg a quick 3-1 lead, and the Tigers wouldn't trail the rest of the set.
With Newberg leading 11-8, and with senior setter Lauren Griswold serving, the Tigers rattled off eight straight points. Petersen and junior Brynna Geibel each had a kill, senior Becca Upchurch had a block and Griswold had an ace serve during the scoring spree, which gave Newberg a 19-8 lead.
Then, after getting a sideout kill by Geibel, the Tigers took off again. With Geibel serving, Newberg scored five straight points — including a tip and a block by Petersen, a kill by Gregoire-Salagean and an ace serve — to close out a 25-9 opening-set win.
"I think we were really amped," Petersen said. "We've been looking forward to this game for awhile. But, I think we just went downhill."
Sherwood, after dropping the first set, came out strong to start the second set. The Bowmen took a quick 7-2 lead following an ace by senior Piper Harrop.
Newberg closed the lead to 19-16 on an ace by Gregoire-Salagean, but Sherwood pulled away to get a 25-20 second-set win.
The persistent Bowmen also came on strong in the third set. With Newberg holding an 11-10 lead, Sherwood went on a 6-0 scoring run on its way to getting a 25-18 win in the penultimate set.
In the fourth set, the Bowmen jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 11-3 in earning a 25-19 victory, wrapping up the match for the home team.
"This is really big," Harrop said. "Newberg was undefeated (in conference), so it's going to help with our momentum for the rest of the season."
"Sherwood and Newberg is a big rivalry and there is a lot of pressure and we know a lot of girls on the other side," Petersen said. "I think we'll learn from this, especially when we go into our game against (McMinnville). We'll learn to continue the momentum the whole game."
The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday when they host Forest Grove for a conference match starting at 6:45 p.m. On Thursday, Newberg will travel to McMinnville for a key conference contest starting at 6:45 p.m. On Sept. 28, the Tigers will play at the Westview tournament.
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