By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– They were emotions flying everywhere Tuesday night when Stayton honored Emma Lindemann, Emily Anderson and Kaitlyn Hofmann in their last home game in the blue, yellow and white.
The Lady Eagles, battled in the opening set against North Marion as Stayton took the first set 27-25 over the Lady Huskies.
“It felt really good and we pushed and left everything on the court, that was the outcome that we wanted in the first set,” said Anderson.
North Marion answered with the second set win, the Lady Eagles takes the third and the Huskies took the fourth to force a fifth-set as both teams sat on the lower tear of the playoff bubble.
North Marion entered the night 20th in the State of Oregon while Stayton was the last team in at 24 if the postseason started before this game Tuesday night.
“It was definitely hard on the team because we lose energy and then we regain it, then we lose energy and we gain it so it was inconsistent. That’s not how you take care of a team.” said Kinniburgh about the mindset going through Tuesday’s game.
The Huskies took a 13-10 lead on Stayton before North Marion nabbed the last two points to take the 25-27, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 15-10, five-set battle over the Eagles to move up a spot in the rankings to 19.
The win, as they focus now on Cascade who lost in a five-set battle with Philomath over in Turner, helped release some pressure on the Huskies knowing that they are all but certain guaranteed a play-in game following the regular season finale up in Aurora on October 17.
“We’re taking a day off tomorrow since we’ve been non-stopping going and going, then Thursday and Friday we have practice,” starts Wing. “We’re definitely going to work harder and work on the little things, we’re going to critque the little things and improve on those that we’re getting errors in,”
For Stayton, who unlike North Marion and Cascade, won’t be partaking in a tournament this upcoming weekend; but the Eagles, who are now sitting 25th in the State and now need a lot of help to get back into the playoff picture with teams in-front of them moving around and a win in Newport Tuesday.
And, being their three seniors, will battle and see what happens as Lindemann, Anderson and Hofmann leave their mark for the underclassmen.
“Work hard for everything, push no matter what grade they’re in and just work hard for the team,” said Anderson.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald