LEBANON, Ore.– Two up-and-coming programs with two second-year Head Coaches who’s schools are separated by almost nine mile stretch of Stayton-Scio Road that connects Scio to Stayton and Highway 22.
Kate Trimble’s Scio squad entered the match 7-2 while Julie Summers Regis squad sat at 4-3, and ir looked like Trimble’s Lady Logger squad had all the momentum entering the second set of the Best-of-3 match with a dominate Set 1 victory.
But, Summers Lady Rams squad answered with a 6-1 start, a 13-5 lead and held strong to take set 3 25-20 to set up a decisive set 3 match-up.
“I’m really proud of our team for stepping up, sometimes we have a hard time keeping our heads up when we lose, but I was really proud for them stepping up and playing with a team that we can play,” said Regis’ Payton Chamberland.
The third set went back-and-forth with the score tied at seven apiece as Scio took a 8-7 lead off a block.
“We just fought through all of our mistakes and just kept fighting,” Lady Loggers McKenzie Reger described the third set mindset.
Reger, who had to move from her outside hitter position to setter for the tournament due to both of their setters not being able to make the tournament, won the MVP award of the tournament after the switch.
“It was kind of stressful and quick learning, it was kind of hard,” laughed Reger on the position.
The opportunity to battle was good for Regis, cutting a 9-7 hole into a one-point deficit and kept pace with Scio after the game being tied at seven moments before.
It was especially good considering the Lady Rams had to replace two key players themselves out with injuries with younger players for this tournament and having won one-game already prior to this showdown for the Championship.
“We definitely responded well, it was rough at first but then our younger girls started figuring out, our older (players) started helping with leadership and teaching them where to go and it was a all group effort,” said Summers. “Just all in, everybody battling and working hard for every point.
“We’re excited to get some of our girls back, but we’re thankful for everyone stepping up and working hard and trying to learn and picking up the pace, it’s a much faster pace for them at this level than at the JV level. So proud of them, super proud of the team as a whole and super looking forward for next week.”
Scio closed out the 15-10 third set match to improve to 8-2 on the season and dropping Regis to 4-4 on the year with the Rams returning to Lebanon Tuesday to play East Linn before hosting Kennedy Thursday to close out another week of Tri-River League-action.
As for the Lady Loggers, they jump right back into the deep end of the PacWest Schedule with Blanchet Catholic in a battle for second-place in the conference and to keep up with Salem Academy who sit at 4-0 in league entering the third week of September.
“Practice really hard and just practice like we play,” said Reger.