Yamhill-Carlton topped Warrenton in four sets in nonleague volleyball action Tuesday night at Warrenton.
Ranked No. 2 in the state out of the Pac West Conference, the Tigers (2-0 overall) scored the victory, 25-8, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22.
“We started off really slow, but I expected that,” said Warrenton coach Staci Miethe. “We worked out a new lineup last night at practice that would incorporate our new exchange student, Nora Pastor from Spain.
“She is a good passer and has a very aggressive jump serve. She has been practicing with us for over a week but couldn’t play until now.”
So, with a new lineup that included Pastor at libero and Melia Kapua at setter, Miethe said, “I knew there would be a learning curve, but I was pretty excited to see it took much less time figuring it out than I had anticipated.”
In Game 3, “we were able to use our serves as an offensive tool and get a lead early that allowed us to make it through a couple of rotations where they have some great servers, and we are still figuring out how to work together.”
The strength of serve allowed Warrenton to win its only set of the night.
“It was an odd match because there were some really great, scrappy plays and then there were many points where our communication broke down and we would give up easy stuff,” Miethe said. “But overall I was happy with what I saw. It’s unfortunate that in an RPI system, preseason games can help or hurt you at the end of the season, because I really do utilize them to experiment with different line ups and rotations and it can often lead to unexpected or unfortunate losses.”
Natalie Osegurea led the Warriors with five kills, while Kapua had 10 assists, nine digs and six saves. Mia McFadden was 18-of-19 serving with four aces.
The Warriors return to action Thursday when they host defending 2A state champion Portland Christian.