First-year head coach Jeff Lee continues to see improvement from the Waldport High School volleyball team as the Irish ready to embark on the meat and potatoes of their 2A-4 Sunset Conference schedule.
Following two canceled matches, Waldport returned to action Sept. 23 and fell 25-17, 25-23, 25-23 at league-foe Bandon, then dropped a Saturday three-game nonconference match at Vernonia before later that afternoon defeating Mannahouse Christian Academy in four sets for the Irish’s second win of the season.
Lee said that despite the final result last Thursday at Bandon, he saw several positive signs from his team.
“The girls are getting better with all the little details we work on at practice,” Lee wrote in an email to the News-Times. “Sets two and three could have gone either way. Despite the disappointments throughout the match, it’s the best I’ve seen them stay positive and continue gaining momentum.”
Lee added praise for the six-ace performance of junior Cayden Ritchey and the effort on serve-receive from senior Charity Smith during the match against Bandon.
After falling early Saturday afternoon 25-8, 25-6, 25-12 to Vernonia (6-2), Waldport rebounded to take a 23-25, 25-16, 25-12, 25-16 victory over Mannahouse Christian (1-9). Both Waldport opponents hail from the 2A-1 Northwest League.
Ritchey (8) and Smith (7) combined to collect 15 aces for the Irish in their defeat of the Lions as Waldport improved to 2-4 on the campaign.
Lee said his back-row athletes were key in the Waldport win.
“Airyanna Paden, Jersey Sutton and Mary Albitz were solid in the back row,” Lee wrote.
The Irish played a league match Monday night at home against Myrtle Point, originally scheduled for the following day. The Irish are then slated to host Gold Beach at 6 p.m. Thursday to makeup a Sept. 30 cancelation.
Eddyville Charter def. Mapleton, 3-0
At Eddyville, the Eagles swept their second consecutive 1A-3 Mountain West match Sept. 23, downing Mapleton, 25-9, 25-10, 25-14.
With the win, the Eagles upped their record to 6-1 in league matches and 7-4 overall. They needed five games to win in the teams’ first meeting, Aug. 31 in Mapleton.
No details from last Thursday’s match were available as of the News-Times sports’ deadline.
Eddyville was scheduled to travel Tuesday to meet Crow before the Eagles play host to Mohawk at 6 p.m. Thursday. Mohawk dealt Eddyville its lone league setback, a 3-1 defeat Sept. 20 at Mohawk.