PHOTOS BY LON FRENCH

Taft senior Savannah Russo’s net play helped the Tigers to a second-set win

Taft High again displayed the progress second-year coach Kelsey Hart has alluded to by winning its first set of the year, but fell in four sets Tuesday to Toledo in the season’s home-opening volleyball match.

“The girls played hard last night,” Hart said. “While everyone was disappointed that it was a loss, I am incredibly proud of how they played.”

The Class 2A Boomers prevailed 25-11, 12-25, 25-11, 25-20 in the four-set non-league match.

“Where we are beginning our season this year is leaps and bounds ahead of where we began last year,” Hart said. “The girls had lots of positive things to say to and about each other in the post-game meeting.”

Hart said the Tigers’ outside hitters, seniors Caitlyn Rundstrom and Savannah Russo, “were on fire last night.” She said the duo’s play helped the Tigers to the second-set victory with 13 kills.

Taft junior Corey Van Damme was a major player in Tuesday’s play for the Tigers

“Libero Corey Van Damme also played a huge defensive and offensive role for us across all four sets,” she said. “She was running balls down like crazy, and also had very consistent, aggressive attacks from the back row.”

Freshman setter Lily Hatton has been a key in the early season for Taft

Hart said the senior-freshman setting duo of Lilly Salsbery and Lily Hatton also played consistently in the passing game and were praised by teammates.

“Game by game, our team is coming together and figuring out how to play to win,” she said.

Taft returns to the court at 5 p.m. Friday at home against Sutherlin.

“We want a packed gym to help cheer and fire us up to play our best,” she said.

Seniors Savannah Russo (7) and Caitlyn Rundstrum (2) celebrate a winning spike

Class 3A Coastal Range League

LeagueOverallSets WonSets Lost
 Warrenton0-03-183
 Rainier0-00-226
 Taft0-00-318
 Clatskanie0-00-4011
 Willamina0-00-5115

Schedule

8/23 vs. Lincoln County Jamboree

8/25 @ Warrenton

8/30 @ Amity, L 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-12)

9/4 vs. Toledo, L 3-1 (25-11, 12-25, 25-11, 25-20)

9/7 5 p.m. vs. Sutherlin

9/11 6 p.m. @ Yamhill-Carlton

9/13 6 p.m. vs. Rainier*

9/18 5:30 p.m. @ Clatskanie*

9/20 6:30 p.m. vs. Nestucca

9/25 6 p.m. vs. Willamina*

9/27 6 p.m. @ Warrenton*

10/2 6 p.m. @ Rainier*

10/4 5:30 p.m. vs. Clatskanie*

10/6 8 a.m. @ Western Christian

10/9 6 p m. vs. Creswell

10/10 6 p.m. @ Willamina*

10/16 6 p.m. vs. Warrenton*

* denotes league match

Roster

NoNamePositionGrade
1Lilly SalsberyS12
2Caitlyn RundstromOH/RS12
4Logan JackRS/OH9
5Charlotte HuppertRS/MB12
7Savannah RussoOH12
8Shelline NerupMB/OH9
9Makena ColeRS/OH10
11Lily HattonS9
12Jordyn RamseyDS/RS10
14Maleah SmithMB12
16Corey Van DammeL11
17Jazmyn Reyes-CornejoDS12

 

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