By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.–North Salem battled back to make the first set against Crescent Valley after being down 15-8 to build some momentum for the second set after a tough first 25-22 when they bounced back to even up the match at a game apiece at one with their dominant 25-12 set two win.
“We came out with a lot of energy, talking a lot. Our communication I felt like really helped with the momentum,” said Raena Hurtado as the Junior was a major factor in helping her squad get back into the match against the Raiders.
In the third set however, fatigue began to set in and the Lady Vikings began to tail off a little bit in the during that set when the Lady Raiders took advantage of North Salem’s miscues on the court to build a 21-11 lead en route to a 25-16 set three win to go up two sets to one in the contest.
For the Vikings, First-Year Head Varsity Coach Brandi Holmes and the coaching staff have been on a mission of trying to get the program turned around and it’s already showing as North Salem came into Tuesday Night’s game 6-8 on the year. Those six wins matched the win-total the last two years combined of the Viking program and North still has eight games left in the season after Tuesday to add to that win-total.
The Vikings came out swinging in the fourth set in hopes to take the game to five as they came back from deficits of 7-5 and 10-7 to tie it and briefly holding a 12-11 lead as Marta Jantzi’s killed tied the game before Hurtado sent a hard-hit ball off of a CV player for the lead.
“The coaches really changed a lot of things throughout the program. She has a different kind of expectations than what has been done before and we’ve been really challenged a lot and we really just have to focus on talking because we’ve had a program where our communication hasn’t been that great and she’s really helped us with more communication and that helps us,” said Hurtado on the coaching staff.
That would be the largest lead of the set for the team however as the Lady Raiders pulled away for the four-game win over the host with North Salem hosting Lebanon Thursday at 6pm.
“We can definitely reflect on, especially this game since this is probably not one of best games. We’re trying to build our program to be different than what it’s been before and this game was really not a good representation of what we’ve been working towards,” said Hurtado. “But we’re going to review this and we’re going to look back on our mistakes and focus on the next game.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald