OFF TO STRONG STARTS
By The Observer
BOARDMAN Enterprise looks like the same playoff-caliber volleyball team that finished fourth at the Class 2A state tournament last season.
On Saturday, Enterprise won the Riverside Tournament by beating Riverside 15-0, 15-5, Heppner 15-9, 15-1 and Imbler 15-9, 15-4. It split with McLoughlin 15-4, 10-15, finishing with a 7-1 game record.
I was pleased with the our serving, Enterprise coach Lisa Farwell said. We were 90 percent as a team. An our hitting, we had 132 attempts and only 16 errors to go with 58 kills.
Ashley Anderson had 28 kills and Cami Conrad 29 assists. Both were named to the all-tournament team. Ashley Beach was 32-of-35 serving with 10 aces.
Imbler fell to Heppner 15-4, 15-3, to Riverside 15-2, 15-12 and to McLoughlin 15-5, 15-5.
We definitely played some competitive teams, Imbler coach Jennifer Teeter said. What stood out was our overall team serving. We were 89 percent for the day, which was nice.
Friday, Imbler travels to Stanfield. Enterprise is at the Sherman County Tournament Saturday.
LHS completes learning weekend at Mt. View
BEND Playing some of the states several top-notch teams was a learning experience Saturday for La Grande at the Mountain View Tournament.
The Tigers ended their day on a positive note by beating Lebanon 11-15, 15-8, 17-15 in bracket play. The other bracket game ended in a 15-11, 15-5 loss to West Albany.
In pool play, La Grande fell to La Salle 15-2, to Bend 15-8, to Reynolds 15-11, to South Salem 15-1, and to McNary 15-8.
It was a roller coaster in pool play. We had five-minute warmups and then had to play. By bracket play, we had gotten into a rhythm.
Were just young and need to work out our inconsistencies. All the teams were top-notch teams. It was a big tournament and the kids got to see some great teams.
La Grande travels to Pendleton Tuesday, where it will play Weiser, Idaho, and Pendleton.
Union, Wallowa go 1-2 at Weston tournament
ATHENA Union beat Wallowa in a three-game match Saturday to win the Weston-McEwen Tournament.
The Bobcats beat the La Grande JV 15-2, 15-8 and Sherman County 13-15, 15-7, 15-5, setting up a championship match with Wallowa. Union fell 14-16 in the first game, but rebounded to win 15-11, 15-11.
It was a good day for us, Union coach Patty Herron said. We had a strong day hitting the ball.
Union racked up 57 kills behind 20 from Jana Brotherton, 18 from Sarah Bomberger and 11 from Kallin Prince. Jennifer Sasser was 26-of-29 serving with nine aces and Melissa Helmer had 49 assists and was 25-of-25 serving with six aces.
Wallowa beat Stanfield 12-15, 15-12, 15-5 and Weston-McEwen 18-20, 15-4, 15-5.
I was estatic with how we played, Wallowa coach Terri Wilson said. We didnt have the offense that Stanfield, Union or Weston-McEwen had, but our defense kept us in the game.
Joseph, missing nine players due to disciplinary reasons, still beat Stanfield 15-10, 15-9, and the La Grande JV 15-10, 15-9. The Eagles fell to Weston-McEwen 15-10, 15-9.
Haddie Carpenter had 15 kills for the tournament.
I was proud of our younger girls for doing a good job, Joseph coach Kendall Hayes said. Considering most of the girls were on the C team last year.
Friday, Joseph fell to Pilot Rock 15-4, 15-3. Kendra Carpenter had six kills and Jessie Botham added four.
Wallowa hosts the La Grande JV today, and Union travels to Pilot Rock Thursday.
Cove wins Elgin tourney, Huskies finish second
ELGIN Cove completed a perfect weekend when it won the Elgin Tournament Saturday.
The Leopards, which beat Ione 15-8, 15-5 Friday on the road, beat Elgin 14-16, 15-12, 15-7, followed by a win over the Pendleton JV 15-13, 15-6.
I told the girls wed have to dig deep. We got home (at 2 a.m.) from Ione and then got up early to go on the bus to Elgin, Cove coach Kim Talley said.
Talley credited the play of setter Jessica Johnson, the hitting of Lisa Scheele, serving of Amy Puckett and overall play of Melissa Smith.
We also had exceptional play off the bench, Talley said.
Elgin took second by beating the Pendleton JV 15-6, 15-9.
We looked good, Elgin coach LeeAnn Case said. We got off to a slow start with Cove.
The Elgin JV won the tournament by beating the Cove JV and the Pendleton C team.
Elgin hosts Weston-McEwen Thursday and Cove hosts Powder Valley Friday.
Powder Valley dominates 3 at Echo Tournament
ECHO Powder Valley dominated its competition Saturday at the Echo Tournament.
The Badgers beat Arlington 15-1, 15-6, the Umatilla JV 15-0, 15-0, and Echo 15-1, 15-7.
The wins came one day after Powder Valley dropped its opener at home Friday with Condon, 6-15, 16-14, 15-6.
We thumped some people, Powder Valley coach Jane Wisdom said of the Echo Tournament.
For the weekend, Amanda Bingham had 14 kills. Joelle Bain had 10 kills and was 55-of-57 serving with 12 aces. Ashley Wisdom went 26-for-26 serving with 18 assists. Cali Taylor had nine kills and five service aces.
Powder Valley hosts Wallowa Thursday.