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SETTING UP A WALL: Elgin's Tiffany Fincher prepares to block a spike by the Pendleton JV Saturday. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
SETTING UP A WALL: Elgin's Tiffany Fincher prepares to block a spike by the Pendleton JV Saturday. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

ELGIN — A year had passed without the Elgin volleyball team winning a match.

That all changed Saturday as the Huskies defeated the Pendleton junior varsity 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19.

"It's so exciting," Elgin coach Twila Ivins said. "It feels really good."

It was the second match of the young season for the Huskies. The Huskies dropped their season opener 22-25, 25-22, 21-25, 18-25 against Waitsburg Friday.

The Huskies turned it around Saturday.

"They gelled and flowed as a team," Ivins said.

The Huskies let Game One get away from them after taking an early 11-4 lead. Pendleton stormed all the way back before timeout was called at 21-21.

Pendleton got a service ace and "four hits" was called on Elgin. Pendleton led 23-21. Back-to-back errors made the score 24-25. Pendleton ended the game with an ace.

In Game Two, the Huskies erased a 5-0 deficit and took the lead for good at 7-6 on Kristin Thamert's ace. The Huskies continued their run. After Thamert spiked the ball, the Huskies led 15-9.

Pendleton got as close as 15-12 before the Huskies went on another run, which was punctuated by Tiffany Fincher's ace. The Huskies led 20-12.

Pendleton would not get as close as five or six points the rest of the game.

Game Three was a little closer. It seemed the Huskies took control with an 11-6 lead off Krista Lampkin's cross court spike.

However, Pendleton kept slowly chipping away until it knotted the game at 14-14.

There would be numerous ties leading up to 22-22. The Huskies went up 23-22 and held on, getting a kill from Thamert, which landed inside the line, followed by a block from Thamert that rolled off a Pendleton player to end the game.

The Huskies trailed game four early before tying the game at 7-7. They took the lead for good at 8-7 off a cross court kill from Amber Looslie. Pendleton got as close at 11-9 before the Huskies pulled away.

Ivins said Fincher and Josie Cross played well on the net, as did Mary-Alice Tucker.

Looslie ended up with eight aces.

The Elgin junior varsity won their match against the Pendleton ‘C' team.

Elgin will play at Weston-McEwen Friday.

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