By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– The first two sets of their Mid-Willamette Conference and Season Opening game against South Albany seemed to be almost to come easy for Sliverton, taking the two opening sets 25-16 and 25-11.
But, it was the third set that the RedHawks came out swinging and weren’t going down easily when they took a 14-9 lead on the Foxes and forced Silverton in a tight pickle to avoid having the game go to a fourth set.
Slowly though, the Lady Foxes began to chip away and eventually took a 20-19 lead before Riley Treager and Emily Candee pushed the one-point lead to 22-19.
Treager mentioned how they practice these tight-knit situations in practice like this under first-year Head Coach Kate Trimble.
“I was telling the girls on when it was tied like, ‘come on and focus up’. In practice, we practice we practice this thing, like it’s 22-22 and it’s like a finishing game,” starts Treager describing the drill. “Like, ‘come on girls, let’s practice like we’re tied in the game’ and we pulled it out. It was good.”28
South Albany kept it close. Service Error against Silverton made it 22-20, Liza Dahl answered to make it 23-20, a block gone awry made it 23-21 with the RedHawks getting it to 24-23 before a smart reactionary play of letting a ball go out-of-bounds helped seal the 25-16, 25-11, 25-23 match win and sweep to start off the season.
“It was really good, we finished out with a lot of energy and it was just a good game. I’m excited to win our first game,” said Treager as they prepare for Friday’s tournament at Mountain View High School. “It’s just got to be the little things, just keep staying together. Just keep talking to each other, communication is really big for our team. So just get closer with our team and mesh together.”
Treager finished with eight kills, Dahl had a team high 11 kills and Maddie Broyhill had seven kills in the win. Riley Hostetter finished with nine digs, Emily Candee had three blocks.
For Trimble, who came over after taking Scio’s Varsity squad to back-to-back 3A State Playoff appearances prior to coming to Silverton this season, liked how her team with five returnees to seven who never played at the Varsity level before, reacted to the stage with them preparing for the tournament this upcoming weekend.
“Yeah they actually did really well because we were actually down several points and they clawed back, they stayed calm one ball at-a-time,” said Trimble. “But we were working on a few system plays and out-of-system stuff and I thought they did well, I thought they did what they needed to do.
“We already recognized that we need to work on our serving, we’ve got way too many missed serves and we’re going to work on our short serving and a little bit of defensive transition. So we already have a game plan going into practice tomorrow to prepare for the tournament.”
Photos by Jeremy McDonald