By Jeremy McDonald
MILL CITY, Ore.– Santiam’s Brittany Grenbemer told her team before the start of the fifth-set versus Scio Wednesday night that they need to do it if they’re going to say it with frustrations settling in during the match.
“I think that was a tough one, I definitely said ‘we can’t say that we’re going to do it. We got to put our minds to do and do it’,” said Grenbemer entering that final set of the night.
How we got to the fifth-set was interesting.
Both the Lady Loggers and Lady Wolverines were coming off of tough losses in the game before Wednesday’s match with Scio losing to Harrisburg in three Saturday and Santiam in five to Colton Monday night.
But the Wolverines made the first move, jumping out to a two-game lead on the Lady Loggers entering the decisive third set.
“Coming off of the Neah-Kah-Nie Tournament win, we had high-moral and high-hopes for this game. I think we were ready to play tough and go all in,” said Grenebemer. “I think that saw during our warm-ups and the way that we kind of came together there in those first two sets and going into the third I think it all came down to communication and loss of coverage. We got frazzled there and I think that’s what ultimately cost us that third set.”
During that second set, down 13-8, Scio’s Aspen Schadel brought her team in and said something to them before a rally that got them back into the set. But it wasn’t until the third set when they took their first set to force a fourth-set.
“We just needed to pull our heads in, we all weren’t focused. We needed to play as a team, we were playing as individuals which wasn’t the best situation. It’s never good with Volleyball because it’s a team sport,” said Schadel. “So I think we started to bringing it more.”
The Loggers took the fourth-set to force the winner-take-all fifth set when Santiam took a 8-5 lead in the beginning and 10-7 moments later.
“It was so good because there was so much energy on the court and it was just so intense, that everyone was scared to make a mistake,” said the Wolverine’s Jasmyn Clark. “It was a really big adrenaline rush and it was one of those games.”
Scio wasn’t going to give in too easily as they tied the game up at 12. Audry Handy gave the Wolverines a 13-12 lead as they were one point away from winning it at 14-12 after the next play.
Schadel and Kasidee Parazoo helped the Loggers tied it at 14. Santiam took the lead 15-14, Laurel Otto tied it. Madison Hicks gave the Wolverines back the lead, Schadel tied it at 16. Service error put the Wolverines in match-point again, Schadel again tied it as the Lady Loggers used a three-point swing to take the match in five 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-17.
For how much this game worn on both on these teams as they go their separate ways, it serves as a good learning experience for both squads with Scio going to the East Linn Christian Tournament Satuday and Santiam traveling to Delphian Thursday.
“It all comes down to mental toughness, I just think we need to work harder. I mean we are a good team, we have a lot of potential this year,” said Clark as the Wolverines have eight seniors on the roster this season.
The Lady Loggers on the other hand, have four freshman and four sophomores on their Varsity roster as they this game serves as a good test of grit and seeing what they are made of moving forward.
“I’m really proud, it’s really an eye-opener,” said Scio Senior Kasidee Parazoo. “It was a little sketch at first, but I felt like once we opened our eyes and realize that we need to pick it up and play. We knew that once we got back to how we played, we’re fine.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald