By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Entering the second set, Western Mennonite cut the Lady Rams of Regis’ lead down to size to 19-16 following their 25-6 defeat in the opening set of the evening.
It’ll be one of two times that the Lady Pioneers would do such a thing in the three-set match Tuesday as they did the same in the third set, charging back to make it interesting late in the set against a Regis team preparing for Tri-Rivers League Champions in St. Paul Thursday at home.
“It was rough at first, but it was a lot of fun and we ended up working together as a team,” said Western Mennonite’s Annie Quesada. “Like the first game, we all were super frustrated and we lost a lot of confidence, but slowly we started to have some more fun and we all came together.”
With a nearly a week between Tuesday’s league and season opener for the Pioneers and their game Monday against Willamina, it showed them some things they could work on like working together as a team because Tuesday’s game was evidence of great things when they do work together as a team.
“We definitely learned a lot of mistakes from that game,” “It was our first game so we learned a lot of things we can change different, that was a tough game but I think working together is our biggest thing we need to work at.”
For Regis, who held off the charging Western Mennoite squad those last two sets for the 25-6, 25-17, 25-17 sweep, the TRL-opener saw the Rams with some strong play starting with energy that resulted in good play on the court.
“We had some great serves, great aces, good energy. Second game our energy died off a little bit and we talked about how we need to finish with our energy all the way through. So it was a good win for us going into St. Paul, but we got a lot of work to do tomorrow to prepare for them because we can compete, we just got to work.”
Haliey Voltin echoed her coach as St. Paul has reached the Elite Eight the last two years and knowing that they’ll need to stay focused against the Buckaroos come Thursday at 6pm.
“I think we just need to keep our competitiveness and keep our heads in the game and not give up on each point we lose and just keep going,” “St. Paul is a tough team and we got to make sure we keep it up.”