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The Badgers’ Alexandra Colton just gets the ball over the net Thursday against Joseph. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
NORTH POWDER — The Powder Valley volleyball team took Joseph’s best shot Thursday night in the Old Oregon League opener.
But the Badgers had an answer for everything the Eagles did, and in the end Powder Valley pulled out a sweep 25-17, 25-22, 27-25.
“As you can see there was a lot of shakyness going on,” Powder Valley head coach Lasa Baxter said. “(The players haven’t) had a lot of time on the court as a group. There is a ton of talent on this team. There’s huge room for progress. But a lot of unforced errors.”
Joseph came out ready to go in the opening set, jumping out to a 7-3 lead. But Powder Valley rallied to tie the set at 10-all.
With the set tied at 13-all, Powder Valley made its move and scored 12 of the next 16 points to win the set.
The second set was another tight one with five ties. But the Badgers scored six of the final nine points to take a two-set advantage.
It looked like Powder Valley was going to make quick work of the Eagles in the third set, jumping out to a 20-10 lead.
But Joseph used a 14-4 run to tie the set at 24-all. With the set tied at 25-all, the Badgers scored the final two points to take the match.
“(Joseph wasn’t) really weren’t a hitting team for us,” Baxter said. “They were playing everything short and offspeed. It’s very hard to read a team like that.”
McKinsey Hampton finished with 24 digs and 13 kills for Powder Valley, while Alexandra Colton had 22 assists and 19 kills. Jenna Aldrich added 25 digs and Taylor Martin had five kills.
For Joseph, Sidney Cooney had three serving aces and seven digs, while Hailee McClure had 13 assists and four serving aces. Natalie Williams, Satori Albee and Breeanna Gibson each had three kills.
The Badgers play host to Union today at 4 p.m. for a non-league contest. Joseph plays in Echo Satuday.
ATHENA — The Imbler volleyball team defeated DeSales (Wash.) and Weston-McEwen Thursday night at a three-way in Athena.
The Panthers beat Desales in three sets 25-19, 25-12, 25-10 and Weston-McEwen in four sets 31-29, 25-20, 14-25, 25-19.
Malia Mills had nine kills and 10 digs for Imbler against DeSales, while Emma Bowers had nine kills and 12 digs.
Jacey Teeter added 27 assists and Hannah Wilhelm had 19 digs and six kills.
Hannah Wilhelm: six kills, 19 digs against Weston-McEwen, Mills had 21 kills and 21 digs. Bowers tallied 11 kills and 21 digs and Teeter had 46 assists.
“Overall, it was a strong performance against quality teams,” Imbler head coach Jennifer Teeter said.