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Scrappy Olympians take Sprague HS to new heights

Sprague volleyball finished 2nd in the state tournament

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) -- It's not the size of the dog in the fight but the fight in the dog. That's a well-worn expression, but the Sprague High School volleyball team has lived it. Despite being one of the smallest teams in 6A play, they are taking their team to new heights.

With only one 6-footer on their roster, the Sprague Olympians may not be the biggest but they have another trait they use to their advantage.

"We all have a lot of qualities that fit well together, kind of like the weirdest puzzle that you've ever put together," said Morgan Doll, a senior on the team.

Junior Bridgette Smith thinks their scrappiness is what sets them apart. "I feel like we have a short team, so our scrappiness is really what's special about us."

They use that scrappiness to wear down their opponents.

"We always keep the play going which makes the (opponent) get more tired over time," Smith said. "We don't tire out. We keep pushing."

Interwoven with their tenacity is how the Olympians have bought into the Olympic motto: "Citius, altius, fortius," Doll said. "It means stronger, faster, higher in Latin."

Being scrappy, having Olympic expectations and a rare closeness among these high school girls helped lead Sprague to a 2nd place finish at the state tournament.

"They're so much fun to be around," coach Anne Olsen said. "It's, like, little drama and so it just makes it really easy to coach them. They enjoy being here. They love this sport."

While their hopes of a title will have to wait another year, the legacy this group built has laid the foundation for Olympians to follow.

"We love volleyball here and Sprague has been known for volleyball and we hope to continue that legacy going," Olsen said. "That was a big talk this year, talking about what legacy they can leave here at Sprague and I think it's going to be a good one." 


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