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Six seniors led the way this year for up-and-down Tribe, which ties for fifth in NWOC

PMG PHOTO: STEVE BRANDON - Scappoose players battle to keep the ball alive during their final game of the season, at home against Parkrose. From left are Abby Stansbury, Sophia Johanson-Phillips, Sarah Farrell, Darci DeTroy, Raleigh Erickson and Sophi Hering. The Scappoose volleyball season ended in a way much of it had gone.

The Indians struggled in their finale, losing 3-0 at home to Parkrose on Oct. 24.

One of the teams was playoff-bound going into the match, and it wasn't Scappoose.

"The last match, Parkrose really wanted it, wanted to get a good road win going into the playoffs," Scappoose coach Mark Sprenger said, noting that on the other side, "the intensity is not always there when you don't have much to play for."

The Broncos were the aggressors that night, capitalizing on some areas that had trouble the Indians on and off during the year.

"We had some good moments and some not so good moments," Sprenger said of the match. "Passing was our Achilles heel this season. We worked on it on a daily basis in practice, and we got getter as the year went on. But the consistency wasn't there."

Parkrose had the lead most of the way in all three sets, although Scappoose had some runs and kept itself in each set.

In the first set, the Broncos led 8-3 and 11-5, only to have the Indians rally behind the serving of Darci DeTroy for a 16-15 lead. The teams were tied at 20-20 before Parkrose won 25-21.

Set two had Scappoose take a 4-1 lead but fall behind for good at 5-4 and lose 25-16.

The Broncos scored the first five points of the third set, but DeTroy's powerful serve got the Indians back to a tie at 8-8. The Broncos scored the next point, though, and increased their lead to 16-0. Scappoose made a valiant comeback bid, this time with Dylan Mann serving most of the way, and went from 19-15 down to 20-20 and 21-21.

Parkrose scored the next point on one of several long rallies in the set, filled with diving saves, and then went up 23-21. A service error by the Broncos made the score 23-22. Trailing 24-22, Scappoose stayed alive on a service error by Parkrose, but the Broncos' Kaitlyn Fritz ended the match with a kill.

Scappoose finished with an 8-12 overall record and went 5-9 in league, tying Putnam for fifth.

The Indians ended their season with three straight 3-0 losses, after winning three NWOC matches in a row, beating Hillsboro 3-0, Putnam 3-2 and Milwaukie 3-0.

The Tribe said goodbye to seniors Sophi Hering, Angelina Seaberger, Darci DeTroy, Sarah Farrell, Sophia Johanson-Phillips and Abbie Sanger.

Sprenger said he'll be back next season and expects to have a much younger team.

Mann, a freshman, is expected to join returnees who include juniors Samantha Scott, Vivian Irving and Emma Babcock, sophomore Catherine Johnston and two other freshmen, Abby Stansbury and Raleigh Erickson.

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