Saints stun first-place Rogue in four sets
NWAC South Region
The Mt. Hood Community College volleyball team pulled off the surprise of the South Region season by handing the upstart Rogue Ospreys its first league loss Friday night.
The Saints gained the upper hand early after surviving four lead changes in the first set to claim a 25-21 decision.
Kaylynn Pickett sparked the winning surge with a pair of aces, followed by another tough serve that spilled two Ospreys onto the floor. That opened up the court for Lea'a Puleiala and Samantha Brewster to block down a ball for a three-point lead that prompted Rogue to call time out.
The pause in play did not slow the Saints.
Bethany McKnight took off on the edge of the court and angled a kill inside the antennae, and Brewster followed with a big swing through the middle. Zoe Chatterton and McKnight combined for a block on the right side, and Amaya Carter banged out a kill to bring up set point.
Rogue would turn back three chances, but Mt. Hood claimed the set coming out of a timeout when Chatterton hammered a clean kill into the middle.
The Ospreys would take the second set to even the match, but Mt. Hood regained control by taking the pivotal third set in extra points.
The teams traded the lead five times in the third set with Rogue giving away set point twice on service errors. Kills from Brewster and Chatterton on back-to-back points to take the set.
Puleiala served up a four-point spurt early in the fourth set to give the Saints a lead it would not surrender. Carter pounded out another kill to bring up match point, and another kill by Brewster ended the night at the Saints' second opportunity.
Carter led the Saints with 18 kills and 15 digs, while McKnight pounded out 14 kills with 16 digs. Chatterton had seven kills and a team-high six blocks.
Mt. Hood followed up with a three-set sweep over SW Oregon on Saturday, outscoring the Lakers 75-62. Chatterton led Mt. Hood with 12 kills and a 43.5% attack rate.
Mt. Hood (13-11) climbed past Umpqua into fifth place in the South Region.
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