Back row (from left):
Kay Robertson, Jenna Hanslits, Gabby Schaffner, Nicole Dietz, Stacie Voogd and Seabre Church.
Front row (from left): McKenzie Mumpower and Makahla Huff.
The 16-and-under team came back to finish third after a tough start.
Siuslaw Volleyball Club’s 16-and-under team competed against eight other teams at Central High School in Independence this past Sunday, The round-robin tournament started with Siuslaw playing Salem White in one of three pools, with Siuslaw getting a wake-up call as Salem won two consecutive games after taking advantage of some poor passing and Siuslaw’s inability to get the ball to its hitters at the net.
“Whenever we are the first game the girls always start slow,” said coach Laurie Hanslits.
And start slow they did, loosing the first game of the next match to Parkrose of Portland. Siuslaw came out and started playing its game in game two, however, with better passing and its hitters putting the ball away. The offense was led by Stacie Voogd, who had four aces and two kills, and Jenna Hanslits with three aces and two kills to help win game two, 25-19.
Siuslaw then dropped into the consolation pool where it won its next four games over Dallas and Club VIP of Portland to make it to the five-team finals — and a fitting rematch against Parkrose.
This time, Siuslaw’s tough serving took its toll on Parkrose. McKenzie Mumpower scored nine service aces in a row to win the opening game, 25-9. The next game proved to be more competitive, with Siuslaw winning edging out Parkrose on strong hitting from Nicole Dietz and Hanslits, 26-24.
The win set up a match with eventual tournament champion the Central Pink Panthers.
Siuslaw started the match strong and held on to give the Panthers their only loss of the day, 26-24, with several jump-serve aces by Hanslits, as well as aces from Voogd.
But Central stormed back to win the second game 25-13 and set up a tiebreaker. The game was hard- fought, with things tied at 11-11 until Central’s power hitters pulled through at the end to win 15-11.
Central went on to win the final two games straight over Salem Black to secure the championship.
Siuslaw finished tied for third out of nine teams.
Strong serving and hitting was Siuslaw's forte’ for the tournament. Mumpower and Voogd led the team in aces, and Hanslits, Voogd and Makahla Huff led in kills.
The tournament officially concluded the season for this year’s Siuslaw Volleyball Club.
“All the girls — 14s and 16s — have shown a tremendous amount of improvement and have played solid all year against very good competition,” said Laurie Hanslits. “I couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished this season.”
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