Leopards outlast Badgers
COVE — The Leopards might have been a little too tired to dance afterwards, but the energy put out turned into a four-game win on homecoming night.
“It was a long two days.” Leopards head coach Darcy Carrerio said. “We had a long trip to Halfway the night before and we knew Powder Valley was going to give us a tough match.”
The Badgers did, but just couldn’t do enough to steal a win from Cove. The Leopards prevailed 22-25, 28-26, 25-19, 25-22.
After dropping the first set, the match hinged on the crazy second game.
Cove had match point, 25-24, after a block by Hannah Hulse, but an attack error evened the match at 25-all.
Hulse helped the Leopards take the game with a kill, making the score 27-26, and followed with an ace to end the set.
“It was really back and forth in the set,” Carrerio said. “We got down by a little bit, but the girls fought back. They had too.
“It’s tough to come back from being down 2-0. They pulled together and won a must win game.”
Hulse finished with 12 kills and two solo blocks.Hailey Hulse and MiKayla Murchison each had eight kills.
Cove improved to 11-7 overall and 6-2 in league play. Powder Valley fell to 9-9 overall and 4-4 in league play. The Leopards will travel to Imbler for a 4 p.m. match Friday. Powder Valley travels to Wallowa for a 4 p.m. match Friday.
Panthers keep slate
JOSEPH — The Imbler volleyball team extended its winning streak to 19 matches, without a blemish on the season.
The Panthers swept Joseph in an Old Oregon League match 25-17, 25-18, 25-6. Imbler improves to 19-0 this season and 8-0 in league play.
“We got off to a slow start,” Imbler head coach Jennifer Teeter said. “But the girls worked through it. We made adjustments and worked through it.”
Junior Ally Fullerton got the Panthers going from the service line, serving 15 straight points in the opening match. She also had stretches of eight straight points in the second and third games. Fullerton finished with three service aces, going a perfect 31-of-31 from the service line.
Malia Mills had a match-high 17 kills for Imbler. She added seven digs.
Emma Bowers and Stephanie McGilvray added 11 and five kills, respectively.
Hannah Wilhelm collected 13 digs.
Jacey Teeter dished out 34 assists. She also had two blocks and seven digs.
Imbler travels to Wallowa for a 4 p.m. match Tuesday.
Bobcats sweep Knights, Huskies for BMC wins
IRRIGON — The Union volleyball team picked up a pair of important Blue Mountain Conference victories Saturday.
The Lady Cats first defeated Elgin 25-7, 25-16, 25-21. Next, they rolled over Irrigon 25-20, 25-16, 25-21.
The wins improve Union to 12-9 overall and 10-3 in the BMC, putting the Lady Cats into second place in conference.
“We played really well and accomplished some goals,” Union head coach Mendy Clark said.
Keesha Sarman had 13 kills and 12 digs against Elgin (8-11 overall, 5-7 BMC), while Viki McCabe had 10 kills and five serving aces. Chelsie Houck added five serving aces.
Sarman and McCabe both had nine kills in the win over Irrigon (6-15, 3-10), while Maddie Martens finished with eight kills. Sarah Good had 12 digs and four kills.
Elgin defeated Irrigon in the other matchup at the triangular.
Union plays at Grant Union Thursday at 6 p.m., while Elgin plays at Helix Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.