By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The energy was there when they went into the second set versus the seventh-ranked Bend Lava Bears Wednesday evening following their first set 25-18 win.
Thy fed off each other, from those on the court to those on the bench as Caiya Ewert jumped out to the court in excitement of how successful the tenth-ranked Sprague Olympian squad was doing.
Not to mention the noise pumped into the gym by the loud student section by the net opposite of the scorers table going as crazy as they were to help fuel the Lady Olys to an dominate 25-15 set two win.
“It was really nice having all the fans today,” said Morgan Doll as the Senior was a familiar face scoring points in the match. “We knew that it was going to be a tough match and I think we did a really good job, when we lost a point we still celebrated, we did a good job supporting each other and we really came together today.”
“It was extremely fun, but we really worked well as a team,” adds Bridgette Smith.
The Lava Bears kept it close early in the third set at 6-4 before Ewert sent a underhand shot over the net to put Sprague up 7-4 that sparked a 13-3 run that put the Lady Olys in full control of the third frame up 19-7 following Smith’s kill.
“We talked about before about always having our backs and staying together on that, so I think that really helped our energy and know that we have each other,” said Smith with her team in full-control of the set.
Bend cut it to a nine-point lead, 19-10, Smith spiked the ball to put an end to the three-point Lava Bear rally with Reese Sherwood getting back-to-back points to return the favor with Sprague’s own three-point run as they closed out the 25-18, 25-15, 25-12 sweep of the Lava Bears.
The win is the Olympians eighth this season and sixth in the Mountain West League as they wrapped up the first half of league 6-1 and 8-1 overall respectively with their lone defeat of the season coming way of number-two Summit September 11 on the road.
And as they look forward towards their Arizona trip as they celebrate their big win Wednesday night with their home crowd, the energy they had Wednesday was a good bridge into that tournament.
“We knew they weren’t going to roll over, they’re a really good team and we knew that they were going to fight with us. But we knew we had to pull through and fight harder,” said Doll about the energy. “All day we were expecting them, we were number ten-ranked in the State and they were number seven and we knew it was going to be a good game. So just going into it, we knew we had a lot of energyand I think we did a really good job staying really consistent all throughout the night.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald