LA GRANDE UNDEFEATED IN VOLLEYBALL INVITE
By Raenelle Kwock
Observer Staff Writer
No. 2-ranked La Grande won its volleyball invitational Saturday.
There were 14 teams participating at the tournament, which began at 8 a.m. and did not conclude until about 7:30 p.m.
Union and Imbler were the other local teams in the mix.
The Tigers (21-0 overall) did not lose on the day.
In pool play, they defeated Capital 25-13, Weiser 25-21, Union 25-11, Centennial 25-21, Payette 25-7 and Baker 25-20.
In bracket play, they beat Burns 25-22, 25-14; Moscow, Idaho 25-20, 25-13; and Capital (Idaho) 25-22, 25-20.
"We've been playing well enough to win some of our matches," La Grande coach Teresa Dowdy said. "This weekend, our kids played really strong. It was a great day."
In their first pool play game, they were 100 percent serving and had no hitting errors.
Dowdy said that set the tempo as they rallied back and refused to give in the rest of the day.
Amanda Timm was a dazzling 41-for-41 serving with five aces, Joellyn Hasse was 54-for-57 with six aces, Katelin Weaver was 47-for-48 with two aces and Stephanie Keith was 52-for-54 with five aces.
Kaci Lyman was 86-for-95 hitting with 48 kills and 13 blocks. Kathryn Ely was 69-for-78 with 31 kills and six blocks. Caylin Goss was 55-for-64 with 13 kills. Timm was 26-for-29 with 12 kills and 10 blocks. Morgan Bonney was 18-for-18 with eight kills and nine blocks.
Weaver had 24 digs, Goss had 26 digs and Ely had 16 digs.
Laura Martin filled in for Bethany Herman, who was out with a back injury. Dowdy said Martin did a nice job helping to set and block.
"I was proud of the girls," Dowdy said. "It feels really good when they're winning. It feels good when they play hard. Basically, they earned each win."
The La Grande JV squad finished second in its 10-team tournament at the middle school Saturday.
La Grande hosts Pendleton at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The Union Bobcats opened in pool play against Centennial (Idaho) falling 25-20, then beat Payette 25-13, lost to La Grande 25-21, fell to Capital 25-21, lost to Weiser 25-18 and lost to Baker 25-22.
They had a first-round bye in bracket play and beat Payette 25-14, 25-9.
"We were very competitive with the bigger schools all day long, I thought," Union coach Patty Herron said.
She was pleased with the caliber of teams they played against.
Kallin Prince had 21 kills, was 27-for-27 serving and had 22 digs. April Savely had 18 kills, was 20-for-20 serving and had 17 digs. Sandra Meredith had 13 kills.
Mallory Wike was 30-for-32 serving with three service aces and 11 digs. Chelsea Herron had six kills, was 43-for-44 serving with seven aces. Angie Collins was 20-for-20 serving with two aces.
The Bobcats served 96 percent in the tournament.
On Friday, the Bobcats swept Joseph on the road 25-12, 25-13, 25-13 in Wapiti League play.
They served 96 percent. Meredith was 12-for-12 serving with three aces and four kills. Prince was 18-for-19 serving with four aces, and 15-for-16 hitting with four kills.
Savely was 17-for-19 hitting with four kills. Randa Williams was 6-for-8 hitting with two kills. Jennifer Brotherton was 7-for-9 hitting with one kill. Chelsea Herron was 8-for-8 hitting with five kills.
Chelsea Herron was 18-for-18 serving with three aces. Wike had 10 digs and Savely had 13 digs.
Union hosts Elgin Friday.
The Imbler Panthers opened pool play against Middleton losing 25-16, then losing to Moscow 25-7 and Vale 25-13. They fell to Ontario 25-22, were beat by Fruitland 25-23 and lost to Burns 25-14.
In bracket play, the Panthers lost to Payette 25-13, 15-25, 13-15.
"We knew going into the tournament facing those big schools that it definitely would be a challenge for us, but a good challenge," Imbler coach Jennifer Teeter said. "I felt like we competed pretty well against the bigger schools."
She mentioned in the Ontario game that the Panthers led most of the way but ended up a little short in the end, and against Fruitland they came back and played well.
The Panthers served 93 percent.
Shelby Warren, Sierra Tristan and Mandy Griffin served 100 percent.
Emily Westover, Kaylee Noyes and Megan Matthews all came off the bench serving 100 percent.
Hannah Hall had 11 kills, Stacey McKinnis had nine kills and 16 blocks, and Kayla Ritter had 11 kills and 10 blocks.
The Panthers travel to Enterprise Friday.