WINSTON — The Douglas Trojans lost their first match of the season Thursday night, falling 25-16, 25-21, 32-30 to Creswell in a nonleague contest.

“We didn’t show up until the third set, that was more of our team right there,” Douglas coach Alisha Jones said. “They fight hard and play well when they fight. It’s tough to go out that way, but I’d rather go out that way than the way we did the first two sets.”

Creswell rolled in the first set. After trailing 20-14 in the second set, Douglas rallied to make it 21-20 before falling 25-21.

A tightly contested third set ended with the Bulldogs winning 32-30 after the Trojans (5-1) had four chances to win the third and force a fourth set.

The third set was tied several times, especially late in the set which forced it to go into extra points.

Douglas sophomore Makenna Anderson had 17 assists and eight digs. Juliana Allen had 13 assists and nine digs.

Maisen Locker contributed 11 kills and Ellie Wiegman, Mila Polamalu and Amy Dickover pitched in eight digs each.

“(Freshman) Ellie Wiegman stepped up and was awesome,” Jones said. “All the girls did great.”

Bailey Howell led the Bulldogs with 15 kills.

Douglas won its first five matches of the year, losing only two sets through that stretch.

“I think our start to the season was good,” Jones said. “It’s good for them to see competition like we saw tonight to feel the fire of the competition. I’m not surprised at all I knew this team, that there’s something special about them. They’re all willing to buy in and we have a great support system. It feels different with this team.”

Jones is a first-year head coach at Douglas also coached at Ashland, Sandy and most recently Sutherlin — two years ago. She’s now back at her alma mater.

“We’re evenly spread, we have a great team,” Jones said. “I have numerous girls I can pull from and trust out on the court.”

The Trojans have three seniors, one junior, six sophomores and one freshman on varsity.

“We’re a very young team,” Jones said.

Douglas plays in the North Valley tournament this Saturday before starting Far West League play at Sutherlin next Thursday.

Part-time sports reporter Josh Gaunt can be reached at 541-957-4220 or via email at jgaunt@nrtoday.com.

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