Creswell volleyball advances past Vale

Kendrick Murphy/CG Sentinel

The Creswell volleyball team defeated conference rival Harrisburg for the third time this season handling them in a 3-0 victory before moving on to play Vale. The Vale Vikings made over a six-hour bus ride to Creswell looking to knock off the Bulldogs on the road. But Creswell would build off their big win earlier in the week winning comfortably 3-0 to end Vale’s tournament run. 

“We played really good we had some great plays tonight,” said Creswell Head Coach Anna Baltrusch after the game. “We’re ready for the next round — ‘Bring ’em on!’”

Vale jumped on Creswell starting the first set as the Vikings took a 5-2 lead. Creswell would swing right back led by Lizabelle Osborn who would have four points of her own to take the lead for Creswell 15-10. Sophomore Kyla Ellis continued the Bulldogs momentum as her ace followed by two more Creswell points would make it 18-10 in favor of the home team. 

But Vale was able to respond in their own way cutting the lead back to only three for Creswell at 21-18. The teams exchanged two points each with Creswell nearing the set victory 24-20. Vale’s next serve went into the net giving Creswell a first set win 25-20. 

The Bulldogs again wrestled away an early lead from Vale as Kimmy Kelsey’s ace gave Creswell a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Ellis, Osborn, and Emme Whitson were all impactful during the Creswell 5-0 run in the set. 

Later, Kendyl Whitson got involved as she contributed a block and two aces as Creswell would be in firm control 18-12. Emme Whitson and Osborn would scored three out of the next four Creswell points as their lead grew even more 22-14. Vale again had a mistake on their serve to give the Bulldogs the second set victory 25-18.

Kendyl Whitson would make some big impact plays in the third set to help end Vale’s hope of a comeback. With the first points of the set being so close neither team would separate until Whitson’s hit gave Creswell an 11-9 lead. 

The Bulldogs then went on a run to take a 15-10 lead over the Vikings. Emme Whitson, Kimberlee Kelsey, and Osborn would all step up to make Creswell’s lead 20-16. 

Vale would continue to not have an answer for the Creswell offense as Kendyl Whitson and Osborn put the finishing touches on the evening with each of them scoring to close out the set 25-22.  

After the loss to Santiam Christian on the road, Creswell has not dropped a set against their opponents after beating Vale. Next for Creswell, they will host the Aardvarks from Oregon Episcopal on Tuesday, Nov. 2 before The Sentinel’s press time.

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