By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Call it nerves or pressure of the situation that they found themselves in, but after being down 20-12, Regis began to rally on Senior Night of their 24-26, 25-6, 25-14, 25-16 win.
The once eight-point deficit was cut down to 22-20 thanks to a renewed sense of purpose as they fought for playoff positioning with the twilight of the season upon them. Holly Blish led the charge back with saves and serving on the back-end of the rally to help bring them back into contention of the opening set. Emily Schumacher brought them to within one 24 23 before tying it at 24, but a hitting miscue and a missed read on a short ball allowed East Linn Christian Academy to take the first set 26-24.
But that momentum that Regis built in the opening set had carried into the second set with the Rams building a 4-0 lead after Blish’s kill and led 11-2 early on.
“It was phenomenal, I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to pull it out. But it was really nice to see us gel together as a team and work together and pull it out,” said Blish on the first set jitters and moving forward.
The rallied continued as Alicen Ditter made it 19-4 and Veronica Perkins’ Service Ace made it 22-4 in the set two 25-6 win as Schumacher bumped the ball over the net for the match point.
They knew what was at stake, they were in a three-way tie for third-place with Monroe and Lowell with identical 7-6 Central Valley Conference records as they battled in the third set up 7-5.
“Since we’ve been close of making playoffs, all we’ve been thinking about is playoffs so I think in the beginning, we started off slow. But once we start going, and start thinking playoffs and what we want, we just carried the momentum,” said Schumacher.
Schumacher’s service ace made it 15-8 Rams coming out of the Eagle timeout as her next serve resulted in another Regis point before East Linn Christian got their ninth point of the match as the Rams pulled away for the set three win 25-14.
Regis kept the foot on the pedal as they complete the four-set win over the Eagles with a set four win 25-16 and as the Lady Rams to see what their playoff hopes hold out in front of them beyond Wednesday night.
“We can improve by maybe communicating better on the court, but just as a team we’re just doing great all together,” said Blish.
The Lady Rams finished the regular season 12-7 overall and 8-6 in the CVC.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald