By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.—On top of the adversity of the challenges externally with Gladstone, North Marion had to face the adversities internally Wednesday night.
Down players at the Middle Blocker position, they called up Denali Bosco from the Junior Varsity squad to help to try to fill the void left by Jaydan Sahlin, Clara Miller and Shay Coello. It was the energy that she noticed as she adjusted to the Varsity game she was playing in.
“It was so much fun, there’s a lot of stuff I could’ve worked on, but overall, I was really happy I got to be out there. I’m so happy I could’ve got to go in and just to embrace that energy,” Bosco said. “Improving wise, I think talking to my teammates more and just working on things like positioning, where I am on the court.
“A couple of times I’ve caught myself and they were like ‘ok you need to be farther back’ and I was like ‘ok. How can I do better on that?’ So, I think just court awareness. “
Rebecca Rand was also called upon to swing down to middle blocker for a bit in Wednesday’s 25-14, 25-21, 25-20 win over the Gladiators. Sahlin and Miller, who took Tuesday off as a rest day, entered the game by the second set.
Sahlin’s blocking was one of the important parts to the Huskies second set success as North Marion held on to set-up the possible sweep opportunity in the third set.
“It took a little bit to push through to keep our heads up. I don’t know, I think we kept a good attitude throughout it and we just kept pushing,” Rand said. “We got down a couple of times, but at the end we just pushed through.”
Pushing through the adversity was the mantra of the day. The Huskies played together, clicking as a unit. Turning a 14-13 deficit into a 19-14 lead going into a Gladstone timeout, the squad made sure this wasn’t going to be a five-set thriller as their first meeting was on September 21 in Gladstone as they sealed the three-set victory.
A victory that has become their sixth in their last eight as they improved to 5-1 in the Tri-Valley Conference, keeping pace with Molalla sitting a game-behind them in hopes of revenge when the two meet October 18 in Molalla.
“It felt really good honestly,” Rand said of the win. “That rush of all that energy and everyone’s positive attitudes and energy, it felt really good to get them in three and be able to go and celebrate it.”
The win was great, but it’s back to work Thursday as they prepare to make the trip out to Madras Monday to play the White Buffaloes. The Huskies return home Thursday when they host Estacada for their final home game of the regular season.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald