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Storm Volleyball struggles to gain momentum

Storm Volleyball struggles to gain momentum

Storm fans were thick at Friday nights volleyball game.

Storm fans were thick at Friday nights volleyball game.

By Brock Gordon

The Storm fought hard but end this week with two loses.

On Wednesday October 2nd Chemeketa faced Mt. Hood Community College at home and lost in three sets;  20-25, 17-25, 22-25.

Courtney Higlin setting up sophomore middle hitter Emily Anderson to power it down.

Courtney Higlin setting up sophomore middle hitter Emily Anderson to power it down.

Even though they lost the Storm put up some impressive numbers, with sophomore outside hitter Kelly Cruise breaking double digits in kills and both Cruise and freshman defensive specialist Alex Martinez got over 10 defensives digs.

On Friday October 4th the Storm were home again against Clackamas Community College.

This match ended up being much closer, ending in four sets; 23-25, 11-25, 25-14, 14-25.

The Storm played hard to the very end in this match.

The first set the storm were off to a quick lead, eventually to have it whittled away by Clackamas’ relentless blocks.

Chemeketa’s hitters were not to be deterred by that though, with three players putting up ten kills apiece.

These players were freshman outside hitter Deaven Vessell, Cruise, and sophomore mid hitter Emily Anderson.

The Storm really shined in the third set, where their teamwork and energy overpowered Clackamas for a win.

Freshman middle hitter Sara Gaughan aiming through Clackamas defense during last Friday's homegame.

Freshman middle hitter Sara Gaughan aiming through Clackamas defense during last Friday’s homegame.

The Storm scored an Impressive 15 points off their attacks alone in this set, in no small part due to freshman setter Courtney Highlin who ended the game with 14 assists.

The fourth did not go as stealer as the previous sets did for the storm and in a short amount of time they were down 8-24.

This did not put out the Storm’s sprit though, with a final substitution they brought in sophomore setter Madisen Ogden to serve.

Ogden went on to serve six straight points for the Storm, before they were defeated.

When asked what was her though process was at such a clinch time she said, “I just thought of my teammates and much they wanted to win the game.”

Strom Volleyball may have lost the match that night but they didn’t go down easily, with no player failing to get a defensive dig during the match.

Freshman defensive specialist Jordan Savage said “I just thought I can’t let the ball hit the floor. That is what I think.”

The Storm will return to the court again Friday October 11th against Southwestern Oregon Community College at Coos Bay.

When asked how they will approach the next game the players were optimistic, “We just have to start new.” Ogden said, “We just like to dig ourselves a hole to come out of, make it look more fun.”

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