By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.–Who would have thought when Kate Trimble came in from the McNary Volleyball program to the little town of Scio and it’s Volleyball program, that they’ll be heading to the State Tournament in back-to-back years.
It was a exact track for them to make to the State bracket as they redeemed themselves in both of Trimble’s first two-years after losing to Blanchet Catholic by defeating Jefferson to punch their tickets to the Opening Round of the playoffs.
And like last year, the Lady Lions avoided the sweep by pushing the match to four sets following their 25-9 win over the Lady Loggers after Scio took the first two sets 25-23-25-22 respectively.
But instead of letting that score get to them, the Loggers answered the bell after a nice little in-between sets talk with their coach for the 25-16 set 4 sealing win Thursday evening at Salem Academy.
Daija Smith, who had a team-high 17 kills in the win as she was named to the first-team all PacWest this season as a senior, pointed to how everyone got down after Jefferson made a run in the third set but also pointed to their coach reeling them back in entering that fourth set.
“I definitely think our coaches power talk put us back,” laughs Smith. “She really fired us back up a lot and she makes us believe that we could actually do it and we know we can do it, we’ve done it many times. We just picked it up.”
Trimble’s presence isn’t surprising and she amp’d it up a tad starting with the game against the Cavaliers Saturday to start the league playoffs as Scio, who finished the season 15-6 and 9-3 in PacWest play, will be traveling to Vale (23-5, 10-0 Eastern Oregon League) to start the 3A playoffs.
The Lady Vikings are on a nine-game winning streak and haven’t lost a set since September 30 in the second set of a four-set win over Irrigon (21-8, 6-4 EOL), 22-25, a run of 23 straight sets entering the playoffs.
Scio, who’s returning the bulk of last years playoff team, remembers how last year ended and does not want a repeat of that as they believe they have what it takes to stun a few teams this year in the postseason.
“I’m really looking forward to it because we’re bigger and better than last year and I really feel like we’re going to upset a few teams (this year),” said Kasidee Parazoo.
McKenzie Reger, who received Honorable Mention honors, had 19 assist in the win. Parazoo and Aspen Schudel both had seven kills and Parazoo had 24 digs in the victory.
All-League Honors (For Scio):FIRST TEAM- Daija Smith, Katelyn Gray. SECOND TEAM- Aspen Schudel. HONORABLE MENTION- McKenzie Reger, Makenna Cooper.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald