WARRENTON — After losing two of their first three matches in league play, the Warrenton volleyball team has made a major turnaround.
The Warriors took another big step towards taking control of the Coastal Range League with a four-set win Tuesday night over Rainier, 25-17, 17-25, 25-22, 25-21.
The victory was Warrenton’s first over the Mighty Columbians since 2012. Rainier had won 12 straight matches over the Warriors, before the Columbians’ luck ran out on No. 13.
“We had significant leads in most of the games, including the one we lost,” said Warrenton coach Staci Miethe.
The Warriors trailed 5-1 in Game 1, before Avryee Miethe served Warrenton into a 7-5 lead, on its way to the win.
Rainier won the second game, and held a 22-18 lead in Game 3 when Warrenton’s Claire Bussert saved the night and served the Warriors into the lead and eventual win.
Serving strings by Ruby Dyer and Miethe helped the Warriors build a 19-14 lead in the fourth game, in which Warrenton “played very good defense,” coach Miethe said. “Our offense was pretty good and our blocking was exceptional.”
The Warriors “gave away more points than I like on serving (six missed serves in Game 2) but I was really happy with the way we fought back and played with confidence the whole time,” she said. “We had kills from almost everyone on the floor.”
Fernanda Alvarez was 19-for-20 hitting with 14 kills. Avyree Miethe was 24-for-28 with seven kills and Natalie Oseguera added five kills.
Alvarez had 11 blocks (and three block kills), while Bussert was 20-of-21 at the service line with four aces. Miethe and Dyer also had four aces apiece, while Bussert and Melia Kapua anchored the defense. Bussert passed at 90 percent and Kapua had 13 digs with two saves. Miethe was 33-for-39 passing with 13 digs and four saves.
At 5-2 in league, Warrenton is a half-game ahead of Rainier (4-2) and a half-game behind Willamina (5-1). The Columbians play Willamina next Tuesday. A Rainier win would result in a three-way tie for first.