ELGIN VOLLEYBALL WINS FIRST MATCH IN A YEAR
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.