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The Buckaroos sweep Willamette Valley Christian, Crosshill Christian in back-to-back competition

ST. PAUL, Ore—St. Paul's volleyball team secured its spot at the top of the Casco League for another week and with only one day's worth of competitions.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Sophomore Stella Koch had eight kills against the Willamette Valley Christian volleyball team on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

On Tuesday, Sept. 21 the Bucks hosted Willamette Valley Christian Warriors and Crosshill Christian Eagles. St. Paul swept both teams in short order; 25-16, 25-9, and 25-18 against Willamette Valley Christian, and 25-6, 25-13, and 25-11 against Crosshill Christian.

In the first game against the Warriors St. Paul only trailed at one point during the three-set sweep, going down 13-14 in the third before immediately tying the game back up and reassuming the lead. The win was in large part due to the expert passing of the home team that led to points. St. Paul sophomore Gracie Koch had 23 assists in the game and senior Ainsley Goughnour had three assists, and junior Anabelle Davidson notched 13 kills. Sophomore Stella Koch had eight kills, and junior Halsie Hempfling had four kills.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Anabelle Davidson was instrumental in the two wins St. Paul earned on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

As impressive as the showing was, head coach Lesli Hiller believes the team could have performed even better.

"I just think we were kind of flat, not very energetic, and hopefully we can turn that around," Hiller said. "I don't know if it was playing a little earlier than usual or what was going on, but we're hoping to turn that around in the next match. Get a little more energy."

It must have worked because the second game against Crosshill Christian was even more one sided. St. Paul won all three sets by no less than 12 points. It was a strong serving night for the Bucks, as Goughnour notched 10 aces, Davidson had nine, and junior Frankie Lear had three. Stella Koch led the team with seven kills, followed by sophomore Meredith Coleman with five, and Goughnour and Stella Koch with two kills apiece.

St. Paul (5-0 in league, 15-4 overall) won't play again until Monday, Sept. 27 against Jewell (4-1 in league, 6-3 overall) in a road match. That match will take place after the paper goes to press.

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