>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

La Grande, OR forecast
& Eastern Oregon University Valley Cam

http://tinyurl.com/n2723qt
Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

Today's front page

Image of The Observer's Front Page

Get Home Delivery of The Observer for only $8.50 per month, $9.50 for motor routes. Just click here and after filling out one simple and secure online form you could be on your way to learning more information about local, state and world news.

manage your account »

Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow Opinion arrow La Grande spikers stay perfect against Baker

La Grande spikers stay perfect against Baker

GETTING IN SOME HITS: La Grande Sophomore Darcy Dolge (12) pounds away at Baker's Shalene Christy in Thursday's Greater Oregon League win for the Tigers. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
GETTING IN SOME HITS: La Grande Sophomore Darcy Dolge (12) pounds away at Baker's Shalene Christy in Thursday's Greater Oregon League win for the Tigers. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

By Pierre LaBossire

Observer Staff Writer

The La Grande volleyball girls know they're going to have to prove themselves each and every night, despite their high state ranking.

Thursday night, the No. 2-ranked girls proved they can battle back and come from behind if need be.

The girls got off to a slow start against the No. 9-ranked Baker Bulldogs, but rallied to win Games 2, 3 and 4 to win. La Grande took the match 20-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20.

La Grande has now knocked off two of its biggest Greater Oregon League opponents — Burns (No. 3 in the state) and Baker. The Tigers have also pushed their record to 10-0 (2-0 in GOL).

Coach Teresa Dowdy said the Tigers' defense in Caylin Goss, Katelin Weaver and Joellyn Hasse was "incredible." Goss in particular spent much of the match losing skin on the floor, making a number of diving digs to keep rallies alive. Her dives are by design, Dowdy said.

"She works really hard at that in practice," she said.

After a sluggish Game 1, in which La Grande fell behind 7-15 before rallying to make it close at the end, the Tigers, and Kaci Lyman in particular, simply took over.

Lyman had at least seven kills in Game 2 as the Tigers dominated, finishing the game on an 8-2 run. She ended the match with 23 kills.

Dowdy said the Tigers weren't hitting well in the first game. She said when Lyman and Kathryn Ely and the other Tiger big hitters get cranked up, "we're a lot more effective."

Dowdy said the match was a testament to the Tigers' will to win.

"All 13 of them never want to give up," she said.

Goss, who was 16-for-17 with her digs, agreed.

"We were just determined to win," she said.

Goss also said the team has made a conscious effort not to get caught up in the hype of being the No. 2-ranked 3A team in the state. She said the girls know they have to go out and earn their wins.

"We try to be the ‘Humble Tigers.' That's our motto. It makes us not be overconfident," she said.

Goss was also a perfect 19-for-19 serving and had eight kills on 28-31 hitting.

Lyman was 40-43 with her hits, while Ely was 25-27 with eight kills, and served 16-for-17. Bonnie Morgan was 11-for-11 with three kills. Morgan's kills all came in Game 4 when they were really needed, too.

Darcy Dolge and Breezy Fredericksen each hit 12-for-13 with four kills.

Stephanie Keith served 18-for-18, while Hasse served 14-14 with one knee-buckling knuckleball ace and Katelin Weaver served 14-15 with two aces.

La Grande, No. 2 in the state behind Estacada, next plays at the Fruitland (Idaho) Tournament Saturday.

 
blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Features
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
Classifieds
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

LaGrandeObserver.com works best with the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Apple Safari