Lady Tigers pound Bulldogs
By Casey Kellas
The La Grande volleyball team looked in mid-season form Tuesday night against Hermiston.
The Lady Tigers swept the visiting Bulldogs 25-13, 25-21 and 25-22 in the non-league match.
“I think the team was well balanced tonight,” coach Melinda Becker said.
“The girls came out strong and took it to them.”
Madison Elliott got LHS going in Game 1.
The Lady Tigers scored six straight points to start the game with Elliott
La Grande rode that momentum the rest of the game, stretching the lead to 10-4 before a 7-0 run with Kendall Kirkland serving made it 17-4.
Hermiston made a charge toward the end of the game, but the outcome was never in doubt as
“I had a lot of girls coming in and out of the game and I think they handled it really well,” Becker said.
The Bulldogs got on the board first in Game 2 at 1-0, but that would be the last time La Grande trailed for the game.
After LHS scored three consecutive points to go up 3-1, the teams traded blows the rest of the way before the Lady Tigers capped the game off 25-21.
“We worked a lot on our serve-receive and I think that helped us a lot,” Becker said.
“It was great to see us get fired up. I think we were a different team tonight than we were in Hermiston,” Becker said.
La Grande got in an early 1-0 hole again in Game 3 before reeling off five straight points behind Olivia Trotter’s serving.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to 12-10 at one point, but once again La Grande went on a run, posting four straight points to extend the lead to 16-10.
Then with the Lady Tigers sitting on match point with a 24-14 lead, Hermiston went on an 8-0 run to cut it to 24-22 before the Lady Tigers finally closed it out to complete the 3-0 sweep.
“We did nice job of sticking with it at the end,” Becker said.
Breanna Partney had four kills and was 100 percent serving for the match, while Elliott had 10 assists, five kills, two stuffed blocks and two serving aces.
Denise Comfort had six kills, Kirland finished with five assists and two serving aces, and Lauren Mills had three stuffed blocks to go along with one kill.
Trotter was 100 percent serving with three digs and a serving ace.
La Grande has a week off before traveling to Pendleton for another non-league match on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
La Grande falls to Pendleton
HERMISTON — La Grande opened its season at the Hermiston Invite last weekend.
After winning its pool, the Lady Tigers lost to Pendleton 18-25, 25-27 in semifinals.
“It seemed like it was just a warm up for us,” Becker said.
“We were there but we weren’t really there.”