TigerScots cruise through first round of playoffs

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ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen volleyball team opened the 2A state championship tournament with a three-set win against Santiam Saturday.

The No. 1 seed TigerScots rolled 25-15, 25-11, 25-13, after settling down from some early-match jitters.

“It’s great to be seeded high but there’s always pressures that come with that,” TigerScot coach Shawn White said. “They handled that well. We looked good in all phases of the game so that was great.”

Molly vonBorstel led the TigerScots with 23 kills and added 10 digs. Natalie Arnold finished with a team-high 16 digs and four aces. Danni Dearing finished a perfect 23-of-23 serving with five aces and 13 digs.

Betsy West led the TigerScots with five blocks and Lacey Kuehn, Keegan Shepard and Melanie Sederburg all chipped in two apiece.

“We did a real good job,” White said of the defense at the net. “We knew they were going to come at us with two hitters in one area. The young ladies did a great job of having a double or triple block on their hitters.”

The TigerScots now head to Redmond for a quarterfinal match against Kennedy on Friday.

“Once you get in and you play that first match it definitely settles you down,” White said. “We will definitely take this (win) and play at a higher level when we get down there (Redmond).”

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