WARRENTON — Two volleyball teams looking for their first win in league play met on the court Thursday night at Warrenton High School.
The end result was a victory for the Lady Warriors, who look ready for next week’s Lewis & Clark League showdown with Rainier.
Coming off a loss at Portland Adventist earlier in the week, Warrenton bounced back with a three-game sweep over Clatskanie, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19. The Tigers fall to 0-2 in league, both losses coming by way of three-game sweeps.
How dominant were the Warriors?
Warrenton’s only deficit of the night was 1-0 at the start of Game 2.
The first game was tied at 3-3 and 7-7, before the Warriors began to pull away thanks to the passing exploits of Leah Durham.
The senior setter had perfect assists to Michelle Arney, Sagi Diego and Elly Blodgett, all for kills and an eventual 15-9 lead.
Warrenton’s Claire Bussert and Durham set up spikes for Morgan Blodgett and a 20-13 advantage.
One of four Blodgetts on the floor in Thursday’s match, Morgan Blodgett blocked an attack by Clatskanie’s Shelby Blodgett, then added a stuff kill and a service ace to help the Warriors to the Game 1 win.
The Tigers opened with a 1-0 lead in Game 2, which quickly turned into a 7-1 Warrenton lead behind a big serving run by Arney.
Clatskanie kept it close for a while, but Arney’s ace and a kill by Elly Blodgett helped Warrenton hold on for the victory.
Game 3 was just a formality for the Warriors, who jumped out to a quick 17-10 lead.
The Tigers responded with some sharp serving from Lita Blodgett to keep the game close, but Warrenton maintained a three- to six-point lead the rest of the way, highlighted by ace serves from Elly Blodgett and Morgan Blodgett, and a double block from Morgan Blodgett and Arney.
Warrenton will host Monday’s big first-place showdown with Rainier.
Junior varsity: Warrenton defeated Clatskanie, 25-17, 25-10.