Salem — Coming off their first loss of the conference season against Bend, the Sprague Olympians marked the halfway mark of their season against archrival West Salem at home on Tuesday. The Olys entered seeking to get back on track, while West Salem looked to end a three match losing streak entering the evening.
The first set had the feels of a rivalry game, as the teams battled early on to a 3-3 game. Sprague would begin to pick up the tempo and momentum, as they went on a 7-3 run to open up a 10-6 advantage. Later on, the Olys forced a timeout after they continued their run and made it 14-7 at the halfway point of the set. West Salem came out swinging after the timeout, cutting the deficit to 15-11 and eventually 16-13. Sprague would go on another run and open it back up to 19-13, making the Lady Titans burn their second timeout in the set. West Salem never recovered, as Sprague took the first set 25-15.
West Salem Battles In The Second Set, But The Olys Come Back For The Set Win
Set number two had a familiar start but a much different script, as Sprague opened up a 6-2 lead early. West Salem slowly chipped away, cutting the deficits to 8-5, 11-9, and eventually tied it up at 12 to force a Sprague timeout. Sprague would come out of it and fight to a 16-14 lead until the Lady Titans took a 5-1 run to take the lead 19-17 and force the Olys second timeout. After Sprague took the lead back at 21-20 and West Salem took a timeout, the Olys shut the door and took the second set 25-21 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Sprague Slams The Door Shut, Sweep West Salem
Sprague, coming off the second set scare, came into the third set ready to shut the door on the match. From the start Sprague seized control, holding leads of 8-5, 11-6, 15-8, and 19-9. The Olys didn’t have to worry about a comeback either, as West Salem couldn’t keep up and Sprague swept the match 25-15, 25-21, 25-15, bouncing back from a loss to Bend with a momentum win.
Talking Bounce Back Victory With Celia and Olivia
After Sprague’s sweep of West Salem, I tracked down Celia Hubbard and Olivia Denning to discuss it and what it means moving forward for the Olys.
Hubbard on picking up momentum after losing to Bend, “The loss was tough for us as players, but we really used it to push us and help us work through the season. It feels great to come out with a win against West.”
Denning on the match, “It was a fun match, we worked really hard to get here. Last time we took them to four sets, but our goal was to really dial it in and elevate our play for more games to come.”