Scio — Coming off back to back losses to Yamhill-Carlton and Salem Academy, the Loggers entered Wednesday’s rematch against Blanchet Catholic in need of a victory to turnaround their quickly drifting ship. For Blanchet, they attempted to avoid their third consecutive loss after a 3-0 start to conference play.
Prior To My Arrival
Scio and Blanchet Catholic drew in the first couple of game sets, as the Cavaliers took the first set 25-17 and the Loggers matched them with a 25-17 second set victory, setting up a showdown in set three.
Scio Takes The Third Set In A Back And Forth Tug Of War
Blanchet started the third set strong, seizing a 3-0 lead to open it up. Scio would fight back with a 7-0 run to take a 7-3 lead early. Now leading 8-6, Blanchet Catholic went on a 3-0 run to take the lead 9-8. Scio had a run of their own trailing 13-10, as the Loggers went on a 4-0 run and retook the lead 14-13. After Blanchet Catholic took an 18-17 lead, the teams swapped leads all the way down the stretch, with each squad going on a 2-0 run to take the lead.
With Scio leading 24-23, Blanchet Catholic tied it up and sent the set into extras. Blanchet would then lead 25-24, but Scio knotted it up and took the lead 26-25. After the Cavaliers tied it at 26, Scio closed out the set and took it 28-26 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Another Set, Same Tug Of War, Epic Finish
Neither squad was able to jump out front by much in the fourth set, as Blanchet Catholic’s 9-6 lead was the largest lead of the set. Scio battled with a 4-1 run to knot it up at 10, but the Cavaliers took a 14-13 lead after a 13-11 Scio lead and it survived challenges of 17-15, 20-18, 21-19, 22-20, and 23-21 scores. Eventually, Scio locked the Cavaliers at 24 after they had a chance to send it to a fifth set. With some back and forth action, the play, heart, and motivation of the Loggers lifted them over Blanchet Catholic with a 28-26 fourth set win and the match victory.
Talking To Both Sides Of The Battle
With a hard fought victory and revenge win in the books, I talked with Scio’s Apen Schudel and Bailey David about the win, along with Blanchet’s interim Head Coach Sherrie Bashaw.
Coach Bashaw On The Battle Of Her Team, “They’ve got some grit to them, they’re a highly competitive group, but they are young and play with some of that inconsistency. They play hard, they want to win, and thats just who they are.”
Schudel on turning the ship around for Scio, “This was the best game we’ve played as a team! We worked on team bonding stuff in practices, and I felt like it helped us. You can’t win games if you don’t work as a team.”
David on finding consistency, “We just need to trust each other, work as a team, keep communicating.”