Vengeance was Warrenton’s Thursday night at Clatskanie, where the Warriors showed that they’re still the best in Coastal Range League volleyball with a four-set win, 25-23, 25-17, 31-33, 25-16.
Warrenton got a little payback for its only league defeat this season, a five-set loss to Clatskanie on the Warriors’ home floor on March 9.
The Warriors can clinch their third straight league title with a win at home on Tuesday vs. Willamina, a team Warrenton swept earlier this month.
Warrenton and Clatskanie played the momentum game in Thursday’s first set. Clatskanie held a 9-2 lead, the Warriors rallied for an 11-9 advantage, and the Tigers reeled off seven straight points for a 16-11 lead.
But following a Warrior timeout, Warrenton rallied and eventually caught the Tigers at 23-23, and Warrior senior Brenna Bemus served out the set with an ace at game point.
Game 2 had nine ties, the last at 12-12, when Warrenton closed with a 13-5 run for a two-set lead.
The Tigers had to overcome four match-point serves for Warrenton to finally win the fourth set, 33-31.
But the Warriors controlled the fourth set from start to finish, building a 14-10 lead midway through the set, then relied on a block by Hailey Bentley on a hit by Shelby Blodgett, followed by an off-speed kill from Avyree Miethe and a service ace by Bentley to make it 23-14.
Clatskanie had 10 missed serves to Warrenton’s five. Bemus and Marlie Annat were a combined 36-for-36 at the service line.
“The girls played with a ton of heart and intensity after getting off to a slow start in Game 1,” said Warrenton coach Staci Miethe. “Game 3 was a back-and-forth battle that was so fun.
“The difference in tonight’s match between the last time was our serving,” she said. “We missed 17 serves in the last match vs. five tonight. Also we kept their offense in check with our big front line.”
The Tigers “tipped a lot and we were able to pick up most of them,” Miethe said, as Warrenton had a combined 82 digs, led by Avyree Miethe with 19 and Aaliyah Watson with 18. “Clatskanie has a good block with Shelby (Blodgett, who had nine block kills), but we made adjustments, hit smarter and took advantage when she wasn’t at the net.”
Avyree Miethe also led the offensive attack with 19 kills, followed by Mia McFadden with 12.
One night earlier, Warrenton played three close matches, but outlasted the Banks Braves in each one to defeat the visiting Braves 25-22, 25-18, 25-19.
The league is in discussions to possibly have a district tournament at the end of the season, hosted by Warrenton.
Warrenton improves to 5-2, with home matches next week against Willamina and Rainier.