NEWPORT — The Cubs volleyball team hosted Tillamook Sept. 5 in its first home game of the season, falling 0-3 to the lady Cheesemakers while raising expectations for the future.
Newport is currently 0-4, but head coach Vicky Roller said it’s too soon to judge the scoreless squad’s chances: “The wins on the scoreboard are coming,” she promised.
Against Tilly, junior middle blockers Stella Barber and Rachel Smith proved to a dominating force at the net for the Cubs under senior Grace Hargett's court leadership.
Smith, the middle linebacker, said, "We are working so hard to become the team we have the potential to be. And although we didn't win, Tillamook was just the beginning of our improvement for the season.
Coach Roller said she was proud of the team’s performance, which went 23-25 in one set. Most of the girls played through the summer, as Roller attested to their improved skills. She may also be their biggest fan.
This is a really fun group of girls to coach,” Roller reflected. “It is the perfect mix of athletes and they are all committed to their team. I am looking forward to watching where this team goes this season — I expect to see a lot of spirit and hustle from this group.”
Team members include No. 2 Grace Hargett, No. 5 Gabby Hernandez, #6 Rachel Smith, No. 7 Kylie Rock, No. 8 Hannah Driegbergen, No. 9 Stella Barber, No. 10 Carlee Murray, No. 11 Macy Johnston, No. 12 Jayla Morford, No. 13 Michaela Wagner, and No. 15 McKenzie Kirchner.