Whitebird

Cheyenne Whitebird spikes the ball against Corvallis defenders.

Matt DeBow, Lebanon Express

Lebanon handed Corvallis its first Mid-Willamette Conference loss of the season with a 3-2 victory. Set scores were 26-24, 20-25, 25-20, 16-25, 15-10.

Both teams limited errors leading to hard fought points with long rallies featured in every game. 

The Warriors started off on the right foot starting with a 5-0 rally. A determined Spartan team came back from that deficit go make the game almost theirs at 24-22. 

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However, on the brink of dropping the first game on set point, the Warriors earned two clutch kills from Cheyenne Whitebird, and a service ace from Nicole Christie to put the Warriors at set point. A Spartan shot just missed the line giving the Warriors a 1-0 set advantage. 

Whitebird led the Warriors with 16 kills on the night.

A back-and-forth battle ensued in the second set until the Spartans went on a 5-0 rally to ice the game 25-20. 

The Warriors appeared unstoppable in the third set as they opened with an 8-0 rally to a stunned Corvallis team. The Spartans regrouped after a timeout and came back with the eye of the tiger as the resolute Spartans were able to claw their way back to within in three, but the Warriors early lead was enough to let Lebanon eke by with the victory. 

The fourth set was all Corvallis as they cruised to a 25-16 victory as they were able to slow down or block all of Lebanon's offensive plays: The Warriors were held to two kills in that game, setting up the rubber match. 

The Warriors seeking revenge from their last match against Corvallis never let their opponents lead, even though the Spartans defense held solid against the Warriors, Lebanon won 15-10 to set them up to tie in the league. 

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Libero Bri Marquez sacrificed her body diving hard on to the gym floor to earn several digs. Marquez also earned one kill on a desperate shot that landed inbounds to a stunned Corvallis team. 

Coach Jorden Swanson said a lot of teams have discounted their team since their star offensive player went out for the season with a knee injury. 

"My teams really coming together and just competing in every match," Swanson said. "I couldn't be happier with them." 

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Corvallis doesn't make many mistakes, and style of play that Lebanon mimics.

"We try to limit our errors," Swanson said. "The least amount of unforced errors is going to win us volleyball matches." 

Ryann Gregg had 30 kills and 25 digs to lead the Spartans. Tanya Sisson added eight kills and four aces, Taylor Quinn had 21 digs, Kylynn Quinn had 46 assists and Allie Watts had six blocks for CHS.

"It was a great match, with great defense and great rallies," coach Steve Hyre said, complimenting both teams. "The spectators got their money's worth."

The Warriors cruised to defeat Woodburn in straight sets on Oct. 5. The Bulldogs have not one a set in league this year. The Warriors faced Central on Oct. 9. The results of that game were not available by press time.  

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