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COVE DEFENDS HOME COURT

FULL STRETCH: Elgin senior Calli Wilhelm, front, stretches to dig a ball during the Huskies' match against Adrian at the Cove tournament Saturday. Elgin fell to Cove 20-25, 25-19, 15-1. (The Observer/PAUL FREELEND).
FULL STRETCH: Elgin senior Calli Wilhelm, front, stretches to dig a ball during the Huskies' match against Adrian at the Cove tournament Saturday. Elgin fell to Cove 20-25, 25-19, 15-1. (The Observer/PAUL FREELEND).

COVE — The Cove volleyball team was not a gracious host, winning its own invitational Saturday.

Cove opened the tournament by defeating Elgin 20-25, 25-19, 15-1. They topped Pine Eagle 25-11, 25-10, then defeated Adrian 25-20, 25-19 to take first place.

Leopard head coach Candy McGilvray said Cove played as a team.

Christina McGilvray led the team with 59 kills in the tournament. Libero Alex Rees had 20 digs.

Cove defeated Echo 25-11, 20-25, 25-22, 25-18 on Friday.

The Leopards travel to Elgin for a 5 p.m. match Thursday.

Eagles on losing end

ATHENA — Joseph bowed out early at the Weston-McEwen Invitational.

The Eagles lost to the hosts 25-11, 25-14, then fell 25-19, 26-24 to the La Grande junior varsity. Joseph did not leave the tournament empty handed, defeating Stanfield 25-15, 17-25, 17-15.

The Eagles defeated Elgin in five games Friday, winning 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 16-25, 15-9.

BoDean Warnock led the team with 15 kills, and added five service aces. Megan Yost had nine kills and five blocks.

The Eagles will host Enterprise at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Bobcats finish second

Union left Athena with a bitter taste in its mouth.

The Bobcats marched through the bracket tournament on their way to a second-place finish.

The Bobcats defeated Wallowa 25-7, 25-6 and Sherman County 25-17, 26-24. Weston-McEwen proved to be much, coming out with the win 25-22, 25-10.

Union head coach Mendy Clark said the team is starting to come together.

"We are beginning to gel," Clark said. "We had a bunch of different players step up for us. Our serve receive just let us down in the last match."

Talia Bunkers had 30 digs in the tournament.

Union travels to Moro to play Sherman County at 5 p.m. Friday. They get a shot at redemption Saturday against Weston-McEwen at the Sherman Invitational.

Outlaws fourth at Riverside

The Enterprise volleyball team missed the championship game, but made improvements.

The Outlaws split their games in pool play, starting with 25-21, 24-26 match against Irrigon. Enterprise split 25-22, 13-25 with Riverside.

The Outlaws, who were second in their pool, lost 25-14, 25-17 to Heppner in the semifinals.

Enterprise head coach Amy Sturtevant said her team looked better.

"We keep improving," Sturtevant said. "We dug the ball and passed very well. We just need to start putting balls away."

Justine Harbeck was named to the all-tournament team.

Imbler dropped two of its pool play matches, falling 25-16, 25-20 to Grant Union and 25-21, 30-28 to Heppner.

The Panthers split with Umatilla, losing the first game 25-10 before winning the second 25-22. They did not advance from their pool.

Janell Bartell had nine blocks for the Panthers, while Katie Griffin had 25 set assists.

Imbler will play at Powder Valley Friday at 5 p.m.

Badgers struggle at Prairie City

Powder Valley finished 1-3 at the Prairie City Tournament.

The Badgers lost to Nyssa JV 25-17, Burnt River 25-17, and Dayville-Monument 25-20. They beat Spray 25-19.

Powder Valley hosts Echo at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tigers take fourth

La Grande took fourth place at a tournament in Walla Walla Saturday.

The Tigers won their opening match against the host school 30-21 before falling 30-28 to Lake City. La Grande advanced from their pool, taking second place with a 30-12 win over Eastmont.

Eventual tournament winners Mead topped La Grande 25-13, 25-23 in the semifinals. The Tigers lost 25-14, 25-21 to Sand Point in the third- and fourth-place playoff.

La Grande head coach Teresa Dowdy said her side faced tough competition.

"The tournament is by invitation only, so the competition is always really good," Dowdy said. "We did OK in pool play, though we were a little flat against Lake City. We showed some aggressive play and great defense. Mead had two girls who were 6-foot-3, which intimidated us a little at the start. I'm still not sure what went wrong against Sand Point."

Hermiston and Pendleton were the only other Oregon teams at the tournament.

La Grande (3-4) will host Hermiston Tuesday. The varsity match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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