By Jeremy McDonald
It was a tough way to end the regular season for the Scio Logger Volleyball team.
For their five seniors in Riana Martin, Jayden Driver, Flavia Auguir, Kasidee Parazoo and Aspen Schudel even being recognized before she moves out East, they hoped that the 25-13, 25-13, 25-22 sweep would have gone a little differently than it did against Salem Academy Thursday night in front of their home crowd.
“It was really great to see them out with their hearts out on the court for the last game,” said Head Coach Cheyanna Summers. “It sucks to go out with a loss, we were really hoping for a win. But I feel like we made a lot of progress this season and I think we came a lot further than anyone expected too.”
After seeing the Lady Crusaders taking the first two sets decisively, the Lady Loggers came out eager to extend the match and see if they could do what they did to Santiam earlier in the season by forcing a fifth-set and winning the match with the match tied at 14.
They stayed within one 17-16 before Salem Academy pushed it to 20-17. The Loggers tied it up at 20 three points later. Grace Brown gave the Crusaders the slight advantage at 21-20 before Scio found themselves tied with Salem Academy at 22.
But, the Crusaders would pull away from Scio to complete the sweep. As they enter the locker rooms after the game, with their fates laying with the At-Large Bids after Salem Academy and Blanchet Catholic tied in league to negate the league playoffs, the chants of ‘Thank You Seniors’ echoed in the Loggers gym from the Scio Student Section for the quiet possibly the last time this Volleyball season.
“Oh it was great, we love having the boys out here chanting us on and all the rest of them,” said Martin. “It’s just great fun just to have them cheer us on the whole time. It just makes us proud to be a Scio Logger.”
The Loggers finished the regular season 14-8 overall, their third straight 10-win season. They too finished 5-5 in the PacWest Conference, good enough for third-place in the conference.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald