A New Sheriff in Town

Oak Ridge volleyball's fresh face is catalyst for War Eagles

Her fresh face is also a ray of light for the girls as well. Vype

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New Oak Ridge volleyball head coach Rachel Croley has the War Eagles poised for a potentially long playoff run.

With a large of amount of coaching turnover, the new coaches brought along a sense of hope in Oak Ridge’s attempt to redeem itself from an early playoff exit last year.

The Lady War Eagles are no stranger to struggles lately, so a clean slate may just be what they needed.

Croley has a tremendous past as a former assistant head coach for the War Eagles cross town rivals, The Woodlands Highlanders.

There, she was under the coaching of Terri Wade where she gained experience to help her in running her own successful volleyball program. She has been to playoffs often and even went on to the State tournament with TWHS.

“It has been very positive,” Croley said of her transition to Oak Ridge. “I love these girls and it’s been great.”

A new environment is tough for everyone, but Croley is ready to take it head on with positivity and teamwork.

Her fresh face is also a ray of light for the girls as well.

“I love her. Even when we’re not doing good she will always be positive and help you,” senior setter Kenzie Arent said.

 

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Houston gets back in the win column

Astros end six-game skid thanks to a gem by Greinke

Zack Greinke tossed a gem Saturday night. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

After the Mariners roared back Friday night to get a walk-off win over the Astros, dashing their hopes of ending their losing streak, Houston tried to even the series with a win on Saturday night with their ace Zack Greinke on the mound. Greinke would do his part, throwing a terrific game, and the Astros would squeak out one run, which was enough to get back in the win column.

Final Score: Astros 1, Mariners 0

Astros' Record: 7-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Chris Flexen (1-1)

Plenty of hits, but only one run

Although the Astros were racking up hits against Chris Flexen, they had little to show for it. Eight different batters would notch ten hits against him, but the only time it amounted to a run was on a two-out RBI-single by Taylor Jones in the top of the fourth, giving Houston a 1-0 lead.

Greinke spins a gem

Luckily for them, Zack Greinke was making it look like that would be enough. He cruised through the Mariners all night, allowing just four hits while giving up zero runs along with six strikeouts, one of which moved him past 2,700 on his career. He could have attempted to finish the complete-game shutout, but at 91 pitches after eight, Dusty Baker opted to bring in closer Ryan Pressly for the ninth. Greinke's final line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 91 P.

Houston finally ends their losing streak

With the high-leverage save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered to hold on to the one-run lead. He would do his job, finishing off the win for Greinke and putting an end to Houston's disappointing losing streak.

Up Next: The third and final game of this series will get underway at 3:10 PM Central on Sunday. Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will look to make a rebound from his disappointing first start with the Astros, while the Mariners will start Nick Margevicius (0-1, 7.04 ERA).

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