WARRENTON - The Naselle Comettes volleyball team came up just short of a win in their season opening match against class 2A Warrenton. The match, played last Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Warriors gym, went the maximum five games before the Warriors emerged with a tight 3-2 win. The Warriors victory came on game scores of 16-25, 25-17, 25-12, 23-25 and 15-11.
Oregon schools use the rally scoring system which means that a point is scored each time that the ball is not returned over the net. In Washington rules, a side out and a change of serve occurs when the non-serving team gains the advantage, but no point is scored. In the Oregon rally system, the first four games (if more than two games are needed) go to a score of 25 and the deciding game goes to a score of 15.
The Comettes won the opening game by taking a 3-0 lead with Lucy Rubio's serves opening the action. They stretched that lead to 18-12, with Abbie Smith serving 6 of those points, by the time that the first rotation was completed. Dawn Herman's serves accounted for four more points and the final two points in Naselle's opening 25-16 game win came while Tiffany Pauly was serving.
NHS couldn't maintain that momentum in game two as they fell behind 0-4 and then 8-19 as the Warrenton team pounded home 11 straight points off one server's turn at the position. NHS trailed 10-21 after the first complete team rotation and they could only gain a point before losing 16-25. Rubio accounted for five straight of the Comettes service points
Warrenton continued its mastery of Naselle through game three with a wire-to-wire 25-12 win. NHS could not get a run of points going and lost the game 12-25.
With their backs to the wall, NHS rallied in game four to earn a tight two point win. Naselle trailed through much of the early going NHS still trailed 15-17 halfway through the second rotation when a run of four straight points game them a slight lead. The Warriors retook the advantage and led 20-23 before Naselle staged their winning rally. Four straight points while Rubio was again serving and the final point while Smith was serving gave the Comettes the 25-23 win and evened the match at two games apiece.
NHS battled the Warriors point for point in the deciding game, leading 10-7 at one point, before the Warriors rallied for 1 11-12 lead. The Comettes could not score again as Warrenton dropped in the final three points for their 11-15, winning the match 3 games to 2.
The Naselle JVs lost their match in three straight games, 25-21, 25-18 and 15-13. The Naselle C-squad lost two straight games by scores of 25-23 and 25-8.