WALDPORT — The Reedsport Braves ran their winning streak to four matches Oct. 12 in claiming both contests in a 2A-4 Sunset Conference volleyball twin bill against Waldport.

The seventh-ranked Braves, who improved to 6-2 in league matches, 15-5 overall, won the first match 25-12, 28-26, 25-13, and the second by a score of 25-20, 25-16, 25-22.

Strong play at the net from sophomore middle blocker Lillyn LeGrand and junior setter/hitter Cayden Ritchey wasn’t enough to help the Irish to their first league win. Waldport fell to 0-8 in Sunset Conference play, 3-12 overall.

First-year Irish head coach Jeff Lee said Waldport’s top servers on the evening were senior libero/outside hitter Charity Smith and freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn Morton. Senior libero Mary Albitz was the Irish’s top passer on the day.

On Monday, Oct. 11, Waldport fell 25-12, 25-10, 16-25, 25-19 at eighth-ranked Coquille to begin a busy week on the courts for the Irish. In that match, Smith collected a team-best nine kills and “was outstanding in the back row,” according to Lee. Ritchey added eight aces for Waldport and senior setter/hitter Novalee Thomas contributed four aces.

After taking Wednesday off, the Irish were slated to travel Thursday to meet Gold Beach before hosting Coquille at 6:15 p.m. Friday.



Sisters def. Newport, 3-0

At Sisters, the second-ranked Outlaws proved too much for the Cubs during an Oct. 12 three-game victory in 4A-3 Oregon West Conference play.

Sisters, which improved to 7-2 in league and 16-3 overall, won 25-9, 25-14, 25-11. Further details from the match were unavailable as of the News-Times sports’ print deadline.

Newport, which dropped to 2-7 in Oregon West Conference matches and 2-10 overall, was scheduled to hit the road Thursday to meet top-ranked Cascade (8-1, 16-3).

Willamina def. Taft, 3-0

At Willamina, the Bulldogs moved to 4-1, 6-3 with the three-game 3A-3 Coast Range League sweep to keep the Tigers winless in conference play.

Willamina posted a 25-14, 28-26, 25-23 win in sending Taft to 0-5 in league and 3-9 overall. Further details were not reported to the media.

Taft was scheduled Thursday to host Warrenton before starting the final week of the regular season with a 5:30 p.m. Tuesday match in Lincoln City against Rainer, the Tigers’ final regular season home contest.

Mapleton beats Siletz Valley twice

At Mapleton, the Sailors took both halves of a 1A-3 Mountain West League doubleheader, claiming the opening match 25-18, 25-13, 15-25, 25-8, and the nightcap 18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-16.

Details from both contests weren’t reported to the media.

The Warriors, 0-8 in league and overall, closed the campaign Thursday at league rival Eddyville Charter.

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