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CONDON — Tonight the Condon Blue Devils celebrated their seniors and the last home game of the season. With roses for family members and the largest crowd of the season, the team could have gotten distracted. But that was not the case for this April Fools Day contest with the Ione Cardinals.

The Blue Devils were white hot, dominating the match and winning in straight sets (25-21, 25-18, 25-16).

Condon senior Kenzie LaRue spikes the ball in the second set.

Seniors McKenzie LaRue, Sidney Geer and Kiara Takagi were dominant. LaRue had her best game of the season, guarding the net and punishing the Cardinals with blocks, tips and spikes. LaRue also served well, reeling off 3 consecutive aces in the third game and tallying 4 aces in the match.

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Ione got strong play from Grace Ogden (center) and Ola Rietmann (#19).

Condon also got strong play from Kyrsten Smith who served very well. Smith also found weaknesses in Ione’s defense with tips and solid play at the net.

Ione hung tough in the second set, battling back from a deficit to make the score 20-19 behind Grace Ogden’s serves. Ione’s Eva Martin also served well and the Cardinals had momentum. But Smith scored 3 straight points with her serves and a kill by LaRue dashed Ione’s hopes.

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Condon’s Kyrsten Smith had a big game on Thursday – delivering hard serves and showing finesse at the net.

Kiara Takagi put on a clinic to start the 3rd set – reeling off solid serves and making digs as Condon jumped out to a 6-0 lead. But Ione battled back behind Ola Rietmann’s serves and Eva Martin’s kills.

Then, with the score 14-12, Kenzie LaRue went off – scoring three consecutive aces and then a big spike at the net. LaRue helped Condon regain the momentum – and extended the lead to 19-12.

A last run from Ione wasn’t enough. Three crisp serves from Takagi and a spike by LaRue sealed it for Condon 25-16.

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Grandparents Betty Helms (left) and Eloise Asher Mortimore with roses from seniors.

The Blue Devils are now 6-1 and have 3 away games as they look to finish the season atop of the Big Sky League. On Saturday, Condon will travel to Dufur in a key matchup. Condon then plays Wheeler County on April 6th and then Sherman Co. on April 8th in Moro.

Ione has now lost 5 straight and will look to rebound against Griswold on the 6th and then will finish the season against Wheeler Co. on April 8th.


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