La Grande sweeps Ontario
The La Grande High School volleyball team made short work of Ontario Tuesday night in the Lady Tigers’ Greater Oregon League opener.
LHS won the first two sets easily 25-11 and 25-10, before holding off the visiting Tigers 25-23 in Game 3.
Madison Elliott got La Grande going in Game 1, starting the set off with two straight serving aces.
The Lady Tigers stretched the lead to 5-0 behind Elliott before Ontario got on the board.
Then with Olivia Trotter serving, LHS went on another 5-0 run to make it a 10-1 game.
La Grande’s largest lead of the game was 14, which it held twice at 19-5 and again at 23-9.
A missed serve by Ontario ended the game and gave LHS a one-set advantage.
Trotter continued her stellar serving to start Game 2 as La Grande went on an 8-0 run.
Once again the Lady Tigers ran away with it and Ontario never threatened.
“We served tough tonight,” coach Melinda Becker said.
“We only missed two serves all match.”
Game 3 was a little different story than the first two, though.
After LHS took a 1-0 lead, Ontario tied the game — the first tie all night — at 1-1.
La Grande went on an 8-2 run to make the lead 9-3, causing OHS to use a timeout.
From there, the visiting Lady Tigers scored eight of the next nine points to take its first lead of the match at 11-10.
La Grande responded by going on a 7-0 run with Denise Comfort serving, but again Ontario rallied and cut the score to one at 21-20 and again at 24-23.
A Breanna Partney kill put a cap on things and LHS was able to pull out the sweep.
“Ontario is not a bad team. We started making some unforced errors,” Becker said.
“Sometimes we have a hard time keeping our focus. We need to stay mentally tough. In volleyball, if you lose momentum, you can lose the game.”
Comfort had a team-high six kills for La Grande, while Trotter scored 20 points, had six serving aces, four kills and committed zero errors.
Elliott had 19 assists, scored seven points, had five digs and two serving aces.
Lauren Mills had four kills and one serving ace.
“We have to play everyone tough. Nobody’s going to give us a win. I think it was good we were humbled a little bit tonight,” Becker said.
La Grande is now 4-2 overall this season and 1-0 in the GOL.
The Lady Tigers will host Baker Tuesday at 7 p.m before its home tournament Sept. 29.
The Bulldogs were swept by Fruitland Tuesday night to drop to 5-3 on the season.
Baker swept McLoughlin Saturday in its league opener to start 1-0.
As it stands, LHS and Baker are 1-0, while Ontario and McLoughlin sit at 0-1.