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The Bucks notch sixth consecutive win as week two volleyball action winds to a close

The only team to best the St. Paul volleyball team in the 2021 volleyball team is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the St. Paul volleyball team of years past. Every other challenger to this point has fallen.

PMG FILE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - St. Paul Halsie Hempfling had a combined 15 kills in the doubleheader against Crane and Powder Valley on Friday, Sept. 3.

Since losing the season opener in the alumni game 3-1, St. Paul has rattled off six consecutive wins over Joseph, Gervais, C.S. Lewis Academy, Crane, Powder Valley, and Falls City. That winning streak has the team placed fourth in the OSAA rankings at 1A.

Most recently, St. Paul went to Dufur High School where it faced off against Crane and Powder Valley on Friday, Sept. 3. The Bucks won both games 3-1, with scores against Crane reading 25-22, 25-22, 15-25, and 25-19; and scores against Powder Valley 25-18, 18-25, 25-10, and 25-22. In that doubleheader, sophomore Gracie Koch had a combined 63 assists, senior Ainsley Goughnour had a combined 22 pass-to-kills and eight aces on serves, and sophomores Stella Koch and Meredith Coleman, junior Halsie Hempfling, and freshman Audra Rose combined for 73 kills on the day.

The only league games that St. Paul have been a part of as of Friday, Sept. 9, were a 3-0 routing of C.S. Lewis Academy (25-4, 25-5, 25-12) and a victory over Falls City 3-0 (25-16, 25-7, 25-10).

St. Paul will be playing in the St. Paul Tourney on Saturday, Sept. 11, after the paper goes to press. The next league game will be on Tuesday, Sept. 14, when the Bucks play Livingstone Adventist Academy (0-1).


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