By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.– Without two of their Outside Hitters Saturday for the Dayton Tournament, the Scio Volleyball team found a way to get it done Saturday with what they had around them.
And one of them, freshman Laurel Otto, didn’t just filled a spot, she succeed in her call-up opportunity to the ‘Major Leagues’ of High School athletics of the Varsity squad for the tournament.
“I think I did pretty good for being a freshman, I was really excited to be playing with Varsity just because it’s Varsity and it’s really cool,” laughed and smiled Otto.
For someone who hasn’t even took their first class at the High School yet, the frosh in Otto demonstrated some skills that showed that she was entering her sophomore year of High School with some Varsity experience already with her making plays from different areas on the court during the five-game tournament for the Lady Loggers.
“Laurel did great and she’s only a freshman and it’s pretty impressive that she’s coming out here and playing with Varsity girls, so I’m pretty proud of her,” said senior Kasidee Parazoo on Otto’s performance.
On the court to start the day, the Lady Loggers did hit a rough spot to start in pool play; but once they got to bracket play, that’s when Scio picked up the pace and nabbed their first win of the 2017 campaign over Catlin Gabel 25-20, 25-23 and forced a third set on Pleasent Hill following their 25-8 second set win in the Consolation Finals.
But, after battling hard in the third set that was neck-to-neck as both teams found themselves knotted up around ten points apiece, the Lady Billy Goats pulled away for the 15-10 victory for the consolation championship.
“Eh, it’s a little irritated but we’re working pretty hard lately and I really thought that we had it,” “But everyone has their off-days. Sometimes if you underestimate somebody, they’ll come back and they’ll bite you.”
As they now prepare for Santiam Tuesday and Portland Christian Thursday as a team with Daija Smith and Aspen Schudel coming back from non-volleyball extracurricular activities, Parazoo and company feel like they are in a good spot entering the second week of the volleyball season.
“I think we’ll be fine, I think we should be good. Hopefully we’ll have Aspen for our game against Portland Christian Thursday, but other than that, I think we’ll be fine for Santiam.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald