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Hermiston Defeated Hood River

Hermiston won 3-1; 26-24, 25-16, 21-25 and 25-20

Posted Wednesday October 6, 2010

HERMISTON - The Hermiston Bulldogs defeated the Hood River Eagles in 5A Columbia River volleyball action on Monday, October 4, 2010. The Bulldogs won 3 sets to 1 with scores of 26-24, 25-16, 22-25 and 25-20.

Hermiston had 45 kills overall with Crystal Schmidt having 16 and Gracie Flyg with 14. Maloree Moss was the assist leader with 40. Crystal Schmidt had four of Hermiston's 6 blocks. Gracie Flyg led in digs with 14 of 17 followed by Mikaela Canin with 7 of 8 and Kalee Pratt with 5 for 5.

The first set was a back and forth match. Hermiston took the early lead 4-0. Hood River battled back to tie it up at 10-10. Hermiston pulled away only to have the Eagles close the gap with serving by Katie Wood who had two aces in one service. The teams were tied at 18-18, 19-19, 21-21 22-22 and 24-24. Maloree Moss served for Hermiston with the score 25-24. Hermiston got the point and took the first set win 26-24.

The second set had several long rallies. The set started off with the teams playing evenly, including being tied five times up to 9-9. After that Hermiston pulled away. Maloree Moss then served for four points. to take a 13-9 lead. Callahan Crossley began serving at 21-16. The Dawgs scored four straight points to take the 25-16 second set win.

The teams played evenly through the opening minutes of the third set up to being tied at 12-12. Katie Wood then began serving for Hood River. Wood had two aces among the five points that Hood River scored to take a 18-12 lead. The momentum then seemed to shift to the Eagles even with the Dawgs having several kills. The Eagles Meighan Frazier and Tracy Mok served out the third set for a 25-21 win.

Hermiston led from the opening serve and never lost the lead during the fourth set. Maloree Moss served Hermiston to the 5-0 lead in the opening minutes of the set. Hood River did chip away at Hermiston's 6 point lead down to 1 point 9-8. Hermiston then went on a roll taking an 18 to 12 lead with Cheyanne Lawson serving. The teams then seemed to began alternating scoring with every serve. A big kill by Crystal Schmidt sealed the 25-20 win for Hermiston.

LEFT - Hermiston's Crystal Schmidt leaps high to block a shot. [img_7681] RIGHT - Maloree Moss of Hermiston goes low to dig out a serve. [img_7693]

LEFT - Hermiston's Gracie Flyg goes down on one knee to dig a serve. [img_7717] RIGHT - Gracie Flyg of Hermiston, number 2 in the far court, takes a shot into two Hood River defenders. [img_7739]

LEFT - A Hood River player tries to tip a shot past a Hermiston defender. [img_7752] RIGHT - Melanie Siegrist, number 11 in the far court, takes a big shot at Hermiston defenders including Maloree Moss. [img_7822]

LEFT - Hermiston's Crystal Schmidt, left, and Gracie Flyg battle to block a shot at the net. LEFT [img_7849] RIGHT - Hermiston defenders including Callahan Crossley on the right battle to block a Hood River shot at the net. [img_7849]

LEFT - Hermiston's Crystal Schmidt winds up for a big spike. [img_7865] RIGHT - Hermiston's Callahan Crossley bumps a serve. [img_7870]

LEFT - Crystal Schmidt of Hermiston with a big hit at the net. [img_7889] RIGHT -Crystal Schmidt of Hermiston in the near court battles Melanie Siegrist of Hood River at the net. [img_7942]

LEFT - Crystal Schmidt of Hermiston bumps a shot. [img_7952] RIGHT - Hood River defenders attempt to block a shot by Crystal Schmidt of Hermiston. [img_7958]

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