Tigard, which fell to the Lady Bowmen earlier, gets a sweep

DAN BROOD - Tigard's (from left) Jenna Horton, Cassie Erickson, Kyla Jones and Rileigh Hidalgo celebrate during the Tigers' victory over Sherwood. TIGARD — It was a month ago.

But the Tigard High School volleyball team seems to remember it well.

And, it’s a memory the Tigers would like to forget.

Well, Tigard may not have wiped that memory away, but the Tigers likely got some big-time redemption for it.

Tigard, which fell in four sets to Sherwood back on Sept. 10, rolled to a 25-19, 25-16, 25-14 win over the Lady Bowmen in the rematch, a Three Rivers League contest played last Thursday at Tigard High School.

“That was a lot better than the first time we played them,” Tigard senior outside hitter Cassie Erickson said with a smile after the victory. “We’ve grown so much since them. We have confidence and energy. I couldn’t be more proud of my team.”

“This was really big,” Tigard junior setter Rileigh Hidalgo said. “It was a big confidence booster for us. He had to come out and play the best we can.”

DAN BROOD - Tigard High School sophomore Hannah Han (right) tries to get the ball past Sherwood junior Sarah Penner (1) and Christina Casey during last week's match. The Tigers won in three sets. With the loss, Sherwood moved to 4-10 in Three Rivers League play, and to 5-15 on the season to that point. Tigard upped its TRL mark to 4-10 (9-12 overall), putting the Tigers and Lady Bowmen in a tie for seventh place in the league standings to that point.

“Our goal is to make it to the playoffs, maybe not even having to play a play-in game,” Erickson said. “This is exactly where we want to be.”

“We’re pushing for a playoff spot,” Hidalgo said.

But, to do that, the Tigers really needed to get a victory in their rematch with Sherwood.

“We had a little team meeting before the game,” Erickson said. “We talked about the last time, and how we’re 100-percent better since then.”

DAN BROOD - Sherwood's Maddy Giasson (left) and Christina Casey both go after the ball during the match at Tigard.Well, that meeting sure seemed to pay off for Tigard, as the home team got off to a roaring start to the contest.

The Tigers took control early in the first set, jumping out to a quick 10-1 lead. Sherwood was able to close the gap, some, but the Tigers closed out the 25-19 first-set win on a kill by Erickson.

Tigard kept right on rolling in the second set, jumping out to a 3-0 lead behind the serving of senior libero Jenna Horton.

Sherwood got within two, at 6-4 on a kill by junior Emma Campbell, and again, at 8-6, on an ace by senior Christina Casey. But, again, Tigard took off. Following a sideout kill by Erickson, off a set by junior Hannah Miller, the Tigers, with Hidalgo serving, scored six straight points to open a 15-6 lead. Junior Lauren Turner and Erickson each had kills during the scoring spree.

A kill by Turner, followed by a tip by sophomore Hannah Han, upped the Tigard lead to 19-8. Soon after, Han had back-to-back kills, off sets by Hidalgo, to make the score 21-10.

DAN BROOD - Tigard senior Cassie Erickson (9) goes up for a kill during the Tigers' match with Sherwood.Sherwood, getting a point on serve by junior Emma Campbell, trimmed the lead to 23-14. But Tigard was able to finish up the 25-16 second-set win on a kill by Erickson off a Miller set.

Tigard carried the momentum into the third set, getting back-to-back aces by Hidalgo to open the game. But Sherwood, getting a pair of kills by junior Sarah Penner and an ace by senior setter Sierra Lowe, came back to tie the set at 3-3.

However, Tigard would never allow the Lady Bowmen to take the lead.

Sherwood tied the set at 9-9, when Casey had a kill off a set by sophomore Maddie Carbo, but that’s when Tigard took off.

Following a sideout kill by Erickson, Hidalgo served four straight points to give the Tigers a 14-9 lead.

With the lead at 16-11, Tigard went on another scoring streak.

With Erickson serving, the Tigers scored five straight points behind three aces, a tip by Hidalgo and a kill by junior Jessa Barendse, upping the margin to 21-11.

Kills by Han and junior Piper Even pushed the Tigard lead to 23-12. From there, a Sherwood hitting error gave Tigard a 25-14 third-set win, wrapping up the match for the Tigers.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood junior Emma Campbell (8) and senior Christina Casey cheer following a Lady Bowmen point during the match at Tigard.“We really clicked as a team tonight,” Erickson said. “And it helped with our student section. Also, tonight, we played for people fighting against cancer — we weren’t just playing for ourselves. We were going to fight all the way through. We just had confidence.”

“Our passes were awesome, our serves were in and we were playing a fast offense,” Hidalgo said. “It was definitely a lot of fun, with the school supporting us.”

DAN BROOD - Tigard junior Piper Even smacks the ball over the net during the Tigers' victory over Sherwood.On Tuesday, Tigard won 27-25, 25-19, 25-23 at home against Tualatin.

Sherwood fell 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 16-25, 15-12 at home against Newberg on Tuesday.

Tonight (Thursday), in regular-season finales, Sherwood travels to Tualatin and Tigard travels to Canby for 6:30 p.m. league matches.

The four Class 6A play-in matches will be held on Saturday, with teams, times and sites to be announced. Class 6A state playoff first-round matches will be played on Wednesday.

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