By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– In a span of a week, Cascade picked up their first two wins of the season that started with a sweep of Newport at home last Thursday.
Tuesday was a tough game against the second-ranked team in the 4A Class with Sweet Home, but that game served as an eye opener as they prepared for Woodburn Thursday night at home.
“Yesterday’s practice was probably the best we’ve ever had, so getting in very hyped up and everything for today was perfect,” said Faith Drill on the practice Wednesday. “We really needed yesterday and it worked really well to have it yesterday. Practice was a little bit fun but just working on getting as much experience as possible.”
The opening set versus the Lady Bulldogs was dominate, 25-11. But the second set Woodburn hung around the first half of the match just down 12-10 versus the Lady Cougars before Cascade stormed away for the 25-12 second set win thanks in part to a 10-0 run that swung the set fully in the Lady Cougars favor.
“We swooped down to their level and we brought it back together as a team and we decided that we needed to fight together and that it’s a team-point and not a one-person point,” said Bailey Dysinger on focusing back up in the latter part of the second set.
Woodburn and Cascade were tied at two when Brookelyn Worst block resulted in a Cascade lead at 3-2 as the Lady Cougars went on another sizable run with a 9-2 run to open a 11-4 lead.
But the Bulldogs would string them in towards the end of the set and got it to within six but taking advantage of errors and what Cascade was given them, yet again however the Cougs pulled it together before Woodburn could do further damage by shutting the door on them to complete the 25-11, 25-12, 25-17 sweep for their second win of the season.
And with the Sisters Tournament coming up Saturday, and with how the younger girls on the Varsity squad finding their groove and beginning to know how to compete and compete well at the Varsity level, Cascade is entering the tournament with some mojo as they look to claw together a win or two over the hill this weekend entering this next week of league.
“It was really nice to see that the other team is going to fight back we’re going to fight back harder and push through. It was nice for us to be able to do that,” said Drill. “We can build off the last three games by remembering what makes us play us. When we get excited and hyped and helps us play our best and push ourselves to be better, so the last three games and practices to look back and see what we did best.”
“Oh it was really, really nice. It felt really good that we came together as a team. Yesterday in practice, we put everything out there and we brought it back to the game,” adds Dysinger.
Following the Tournament, Cascade host Stayton Monday at 6pm before starting the second loop through league on October 2.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald