Imblerís Emma Bowers goes up for a kill in the first set of the Lady Panthersí sweep over Joseph Thursday night. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
IMBLER — The Imbler volleyball team entered Thursday night’s game against Joseph with a 10-0 record. The Lady Panthers improved to 11-0 overall and 1-0 in the Old Oregon League with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-11) sweep over the visiting Eagles.
“I’m pleased,” Imbler head coach Jennifer Teeter said. “To have our first league game at home and to come out with a win, (it’s good). We knew Joseph had been doing well this season. We knew we had to come out aggressive and not let them get in a battle with us.”
The Lady Panthers set the tone for the match early, jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the opening set. Joseph rallied to cut the lead to 10-7, but Imbler went on a 15-5 run to end the set.
Imbler started the second set on a 9-1 run before the Eagles chipped away and got to within three points at 17-14. But again the Lady Panthers closed on a run, this time an 8-3 spurt to take a two-set advantage.
Joseph took its first lead of the match in the third set, going up 2-0 at the start. But the lead was short lived as Imbler scored four straight points to go up 4-2.
Imbler led 8-7 before scoring 17 of the next 21 points to finish the sweep.
“I thought our serving was very strong,” Teeter said. “We had a great night from the service line.”
Jessica McDaniel went 9-for-9 serving in the third set alone, while Jacey Teeter was 15-for-15 serving with 30 assists for the match for Imbler.
Malia Mills had 11 kills and 13 digs, and Emma Bowers was 17-for-20 serving with seven aces and 11 kills.
“We talk about every night in practice that we gotta take it one game at a time,” Teeter said. “We’re trying to really challenge them in practice. We have to go into every match with equal respect for every team we play.”
Imbler will travel to Halfway to face Pine Eagle today at 2 p.m. Joseph hosts Cove Saturday at