By Jeremy McDonald
HARRISBURG, Ore.—The challenge was there. With one sub on the bench, how will you respond?
The Scio Logger Volleyball team responded by going to work Saturday at Harrisburg High School where they opened the doubleheader with a win to start off the day versus Oakland before having to quickly rest up and prepare for another game against host Harrisburg.
It was difficult, but the Lady Loggers jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the Lady Eagles to open the first set.
Harrisburg slowly took advantage of the heavy legs of Scio and began to chip away at the then- 8-1 lead, but the Loggers kept battling. Laurel Otto had back-to-back blocks that led to Scio increasing their lead back to two at 21-19, but the Eagles charge was too much in the first set with Harrisburg taking it 25-22.
“We definitely battled hard well for having one sub. I feel like overall we just pretty good for the circumstances we were in,” described Aspen Schudel on the circumstance. “It was definitely hard in the first set because we just came out from another set just before that, so we tried to eat and stuff before it and we didn’t get to warm-up before it so we were kind of cold.”
The Lady Loggers had nice little rally spurts in the second and third sets versus the Lady Eagles to get back into the sets, but fatigue set in as Harrisburg pulled away in both sets for the 25-22, 25-18, 25-15 sweep.
“When we first started, everyone was asleep because we could have played better than we did today and I think we can just come back and play better today. We didn’t play how we normally could play today,” said Otto as they look to flush out this tough sweep. “In practice, we need to work harder, we just need to be more conditioned. So when we are short on players, we can be in and be able to play until five sets.”
Some could say, have these adversities of being short-handed for example as Scio was in Saturday, could be helpful for a squad if such an occasional happens later in the season. Regardless if it’s middle-, late- or in the League Playoffs, exposure to it now is beneficial for if it happens then.
“When someone is gone, we need to be able to fill-in for them. Everybody needs to know where they need to be and know what their job is,” said Otto.
Schudel mentioned too, as the Loggers prepare for Santiam Wednesday, that they need to step it up in practice to make sure they can go as far as they’re able to this season.
“We just need to practice harder, if we really want to get far this year, we just need to focus way hard in practices and keep our intensity up.” Said Schudel.
First serve in Mill City is at 6:30pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald