Taylor Roe
PHS libero Taylor Roe makes a play during Monday night’s opener at Stayton. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Taking the court on Monday night at Stayton, the Philomath High School volleyball team knew it had some catching up to do. The Eagles were heading into their sixth match of the season while the Warriors were finally playing a season opener.

Stayton improved to 5-1 on the season with a 25-22, 25-17, 23-25 and 26-24 victory.

“We were very green in the first two sets,” PHS coach Denee Newton said. “Our setter started connecting with our hitters in the third set. We really have to work on reducing our unforced errors and take control of the passing and serving game.”

Philomath High’s late arrival to the Oregon West dance was due to Benton County’s extreme COVID risk level, which dropped to high this past Friday. The Warriors were able to get only two full in-gym practices in before facing the Eagles.

Junior Sage Kramer led in the hitting department with 17 kills. Sophomore Maddie Fields added 14 and sophomore Abigail Brown had nine.

Sage Kramer
Philomath sophomore Sage Kramer goes for a kill against the Eagles. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Junior Reagan Larson had a team-high five ace serves and 41 set assists. Brown had three aces. Junior Taylor Roe finished with a team-high 23 digs.

The team played without junior Laura Noble, who is working through a concussion, Newton said. As a result, the team moved up some freshmen to the varsity roster for the match.

Stayton 3, Philomath 1
Monday at Stayton HS
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Kills: Sage Kramer 17, Maddie Fields 14, Abigail Brown 9, Ashlynn Barron 6, Reagan Larson 4, Mackenzie Hiner 1.
Aces: Reagan Larson 5, Abigail Brown 3, Ashlynn Barron 2, Sage Kramer 1, Maddie Fields 1.
Blocks: Sage Kramer 1.
Assists: Reagan Larson 41, Sage Kramer 4, Taylor Roe 2, Ashlynn Barron 2, Abigail Brown 1.
Digs: Taylor Roe 23, Sage Kramer 14, Maddie Fields 8, Reagan Larson 6, Abigail Brown 6, Ashlynn Barron 3.

Stayton 2, Philomath 1
Monday at Stayton HS
Philomath’s JV opens the season at 0-1. … Ahnika Tryon and Clara Stanley each had nine kills, Melanie Baldwin finished with eight and Mackenzie Hiner had seven. … Lorelei Schell had 19 set assists and Lori Galvan added 12. … At the service line, Galvan had a team-high three aces. … Alex Tipsword had eight digs on defense. … Hiner had two solo blocks. … The JV team is scheduled to play Thursday at Cascade.

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