By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Cascade have seemed to hit another groove following their 25-10, 25-15, 25-17 sweep of Stayton at Cascade High School Thursday night.
Coming off of their Sisters Tournament defeat to Valley Catholic back on September 18, they’ve been on a tear. Winning every game since, including against Sisters, who fell to Sweet Home Thursday, the Huskies and Philomath along the way as they head to the Seaside Tournament Saturday on a five-game winning streak.
“That game was a difficult game, we were all really tired,” Jaydn Daviscourt said of the Valley Catholic game. “But these past few games we were playing really well and we’ve been practicing a lot of those new plays and we’re just working so well together, it’s really awesome in building all of this momentum for our team.”
Cascade set the tone in the opening set, but had to work a bit in the second set. Scoring the sets final five points and found themselves down 11-9 hole to a Stayton squad slowly building momentum this year with their young roster sitting at 7-10 on the year and 3-6 in Oregon West Conference play.
“Being a young team and always finishing strong is what’s important,” Stayton’s Maddy Mitzel said. “We got a really hard league, but we’ve grown so much over the course of the season and I think we’re still getting better. We’re doing good.”
Knowing that the target is on them, especially more so that they’re a game-up on Sweet Home for the OWC-lead and two on the Outlaws, a sense of slowing it down was needed and they executed as they halted the Eagles forward progression in the final two sets.
“I could tell that we were having that difficulty with Stayton,” Daviscourt starts. “We always have that inner feeling that we want to win, but it’s the difficulty of over the school rivalry. We just needed to slow things down and go back-to-basics and keep on moving with one another and keep each other up.”
Cascade will travel to Woodburn Tuesday and host Newport Thursday following their Seaside Tournament, Stayton hosts Sweet Home Tuesday and travels to Woodburn Thursday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald