UNION GOES 2-2 IN VB JAMBOREE; IMBLER DROPS 3
By Joe Sova
With the exception of a team that made an unexpected appearance, none of the squads taking part in a volleyball jamboree at Union High School on Friday went unbeaten.
Each team except Weston-McEwen played the other teams in one game to 25 points.
Host Union opened with a 25-4 domination of Imbler, but the Bobcats were edged by Weston-McEwen, 25-23. The Tiger Scots were not scheduled to compete in the jamboree.
Union bounced back to slip by Umatilla, rallying for a 25-23 victory. The La Grande junior varsity capped the jamboree with a 25-16 win over Union.
La Grande picked up a 25-22 win over Imbler. Earlier La Grande lost to Umatilla.
Imbler battled Umatilla in it second game, but lost 25-23.
Union coach Patty Herron liked most of what she saw in the easy win over Imbler.
"We played real well. Our serve receive was pretty good," Herron said.
Weston-McEwen was tough at the net in the win over Union.
"They just blocked so well," Herron said. "We didn't adjust well enough around them."
Union trailed Umatilla 12-7 then worked its way back to a 21-all tie. The Bobcats took a 24-21 lead on a service ace by Sandra Merideth and held on for the win.
"We missed five serves. We gave them way too many points," Herron said. "We started to not make so many unforced errors."
Herron had praise for the La Grande JV in it win over her team, which she said was not mentally in the game.
Imbler coach Jennifer Teeter saw her team improve with each jamboree game.
"They were a little nervous that first game," Teeter said of the loss to Union. "There are a lot of new players on the varsity this year."
Imbler trailed Umatilla 13-5 before coming back to tie at 21-21, but the Vikings scored on a block and service ace to win.
Teeter was pleased with Imbler's play against the La Grande JV.
"Our communication improved. Our serving and passing got better as the day went on," the coach said. "We'll continue to improve each play date that we have."
In matches next Friday, Union is at Weston-McEwen, and Imbler plays Crane in Burns. Union remains in Weston to play in an eight-team tournament next Saturday.