The Lady Lions welcomed two opponents to their jamboree this past Thursday — the Molalla Indians and conference rival, the Elmira Falcons.
The jamboree was round-robin style with one set going to 25 points.
The Lions’ first opponent was Elmira and, after starting behind 7-5, Cottage Grove went on a big serving run sparked by junior Blakely Herbert and closed out the Falcons in the first set scoring 20 points to Elmira’s 4.
Over the two sets, Herbert’s serves proved to be one of the most effective as one hundred percent of her serves stayed in play, scoring 18 points on her serves, six of which were aces.
Cottage Grove won the first set against Elmira with a final score of 25-11.
After the Lions won their first set against the Falcons, they got ready for the next opponent Molalla. The Indians started out hot against Cottage Grove jumping out to an early five-point lead forcing coach Ladd to call a timeout.
The Lions couldn’t string points together before Ladd called another timeout down 16-6. Following the Lion’s last timeout, they roared back cutting the Indians lead to only two points (16-18), prompting Molalla then to call a timeout.
Cottage Grove kept their positive run going as they finally overtook their opponent to win the second set going on a 9-3 run finishing out the jamboree on a high note.
Gracie Arnold’s block followed by Blakely Herbert’s timely ace late in the set allowed Arnold the chance to close the door on Molalla with a big back row hit.
The Lions’ serving was their strength over the two sets as they only had seven errors on 51 total serves. Peyton Kidd led the team in assists with 21 over the two sets, Gracie Arnold led the team in hits with nine, followed by fellow senior hitter Izabell Senters with five.
Cottage Grove will carry this momentum for their first home game coming up Tuesday, Sept. 7 against the Knights of North Valley.
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