LHS earns first league win
By Pat Perkins
Observer Staff Writer
The La Grande Tigers got an important volleyball win Thursday night before heading to a big tournament in Astoria this weekend.
We broke the barrier, La Grande coach Teresa Dowdy said after her teams 15-10, 15-8 Greater Oregon League victory over Riverside. Thats just what we needed, to give them that confidence that they can win.
La Grande endured a six-match losing streak going into the match. It included league losses to Vale and Ontario, so picking up the win over Riverside (0-3 league) was doubly important.
It wasnt easy or automatic. La Grande (2-6 overall, 1-2 league) led 10-1 in the first game before letting Riverside come back.
They never let them really get a lead, Dowdy said of her players. We still stayed ahead. Most of the points that we gave up were on our errors, just silly things.
La Grande led 11-5 in the second game before Riverside made another mini-rally, scoring three straight points and forcing Dowdy to call timeout. As in the first game, however, the offense picked up the pace and put the Tigers over the top.
Sophomore Kaci Lyman was perfect in her attacks, making no hitting errors in 15 attempts and getting nine kills. She had critical points at the end of the second game.
Junior Kelli Greenough had four kills and sophomore Katelin Weaver added three kills.
Dowdy credited her teams setters with putting the ball in the right spots for the hitters.
Danielle (Tams) and Kiley (Moore) did a good job of getting the ball to our middles and attacking that more, Dowdy said.
The Tigers hit the road this morning for a Saturday tournament in Astoria that features several of the teams that joined La Grande in the final 16 at the state tournament a year ago.
Dowdy said the team is guaranteed at least four matches against the likes of Valley Catholic, Estacada, The Dalles and Seaside. The most a team can play is five provided it wins enough.
Were planning to play five, Dowdy said.