By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.– It is starting to feel normal as some teams are slowly getting some Summer League Volleyball games in the State.
Looking to build from their returning base in Brooke Lopez, Halee Osborn, Skylar Sexton and Haley Vanderzanden from their 12-3 Spring 2021 season Amity rebounded from their tough twin-bill of games at Scio.
Facing the Loggers and Salem Academy, looking to build some chemistry with each other as they opened Thursday’s duo of games with a 25-22, 25-20, 13-15 win over Yamhill-Carlton.
“I think we were just intimated (Tuesday), not by the other teams but by each other, We didn’t know each other, ” Lopez said. “We were focused on what we were doing and we were very, very anxious. So, we went out today knowing that we were fully capable of doing this and once we had that confidence and that mentality, we could do it.”
Lopez has been stepping into the leadership role this week as she enters her Senior year with her fellow quartet. The Warriors had little time to dwell on their third-set defeat to the Tigers Thursday night as they quickly jumped into another game with rival Dayton.
Amity rolled in the three-set battle, winning 25-15, 25-15, 15-8 with the youthful Warriors looking to build some momentum going into Fall Camp and try-outs here in about a month.
“Tuesday we were a whole different team. We had fun and we’re getting to know each other and just playing, we’re creating chemistry because last year we had a lot,” Lopez said. “This year we didn’t have existing chemistry already so I think we’re creating that as we go. We’re just having a lot of fun, when we have fun, we play well. When we play well, we have more fun so it’s a snowball effect.”
The Warriors will be back in Summer Action Tuesday evening
Photos By Jeremy McDonald