By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– It doesn’t matter if Sisters are down one of their best girls or not, you have to be focused and ready to roll against the Outlaws every time you play them.
Sisters came into their match against Cascade ranked number-one in 4A and looking to churn out another victory sitting at 10-1 on the year entering the match. The Cougars were fourth and sitting 9-2 start the year.
Nonetheless it was one of those games in which Cascade wanted to win. It was on their goals as a team this season. And when they won the last point in their 25-21, 25-17, 14-25, 25-19 victory, they celebrated on home court their accomplishment. Knowing they crossed off one of their team goals off their list.
“We went into it wanting to win. We fought for every point. We never gave up on each other, each and everyone of us fought for it,” Lucretia Benolken said. “We’ve had a lot of goals throughout the season, but this was definitely the first one that we had. We finally got to the goal, years we’ve been working on this.”
It was a team-effort win Head Coach Cristina Williams said as well. Everyone stepped up, everyone contributed. The six girls on the court on every given serve put in the effort as they squeezed out the first set win, snapping Sisters 15 set winning streak, and had set the tone in the second set.
In the third set however, adversity. Proof that you can’t sleep on the Outlaws no matter who’s out on their end as Sisters fended off the sweep. Challenging the Cougars to finish the job in the fourth set.
“It was definitely really hard, we get down really easily, but tonight we really pushed through and kept our eye on what we wanted,” Kenna Coleman said.
Cascade stepped up to the challenge in the final set to force a three-way tie for the OWC league standings with the Cougars, Sisters and Sweet Home tied at 4-1. Cascade and the Huskies meet Tuesday in Turner that would help towards breaking the three-way gridlock while presenting another equally tough game as the one the Cougs played in on this night.
“We just need to bring the same energy and prepare like we did for Sisters,” Coleman starts. “We did a lot of preparing (for Sisters), going over film and preparing for them…and don’t think of (Sweet Home) as something lower than us. They’re still up there.”
First serve Tuesday is scheduled for 6pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald