WARRENTON — An eight-day layoff had no effect on the Warrenton volleyball team, as the Warriors made quick work of Clatskanie in a league match Thursday.
In a season-opening match for the new Coastal Range League, Warrenton swept a struggling Clatskanie team, 25-11, 25-15, 25-18.
Three weeks into the season, the Warriors are 4-1 overall, while the Tigers are 0-6, and have yet to win a game in their six matches.
Warrenton coach Staci Miethe said, “After the first match we tried to practice some offensive sets we had been working on, and gave up a few more points than we had to.”
Otherwise, “We had an excellent offensive night,” she said, as Fernanda Alvarez was 14-for-15 on attacks, with six kills. Teammate Avyree Miethe also had six kills, while Claire Bussert was 6-for-6 on attacks with five kills.
In addition, “Our serving was also a good weapon tonight,” coach Miethe said. “We had 12 aces as a team. Every player had at least one.”
Ruby Dyer had four aces, and had service runs of eight in the first game and six in the second.
Defensively, “our net play was the highlight,” she said, with 12 kill blocks total, led by Alvarez with five, Bussert with three and Natalie Oseguera had two.
Warrenton had five players who passed between 95 and 100 percent. Melia Kapua led all passers (35-for-36), and finished with 12 digs. Mia McFadden was 12-of-14 and Avyree Miethe was 13-of-14 with six digs.
Meanwhile, early signs indicate that the Warriors could run away with the league title in their new conference. The other four league members (Clatskanie, Rainier, Taft and Willamina) are a combined 2-21 and ranked in the bottom seven statewide at the 3A level as the Coastal Range enters league play.
“Overall it was a great start,” coach Miethe said. “We had really good communication and energy which has been something we struggle with, so we have been working very hard on in practice. Tonight they had fun and were excited to play and it showed in their play. I was very proud of their performance.”