Win over Nyssa puts Bobcats on top of Wapiti
By The Observer
NYSSA Union shot into the Wapiti League lead Friday with an easy win over Nyssas volleyball team.
The Bobcats used 98-percent serving to beat the hosting Nyssa Bulldogs, 15-6, 15-9, and improve to 5-1 in the division.
Well take that, Union coach Patty Herron said after learning that Wallowa, previously undefeated in the Wapiti, fell to Enterprise Friday.
Jennifer Sasser served 11-for-11 with three aces and scored eight points in the first game. Jana Brotherton was 7-for-7 serving with three aces and went 9-for-11 hitting with three kills. Melissa Helmer was 12-for-12 serving and had nine assists, and Kallin Prince added 11-for-11 serving with an ace.
Union (12-3 overall, 5-1 league) plays Wallowa and Imbler today at the Wapiti League Tournament in Joseph.
Elgin beats Jo-Hi again
ELGIN For the second time in six days, Elgin beat Joseph for a Wapiti League win.
On Friday, the Huskies downed the visiting Eagles, 15-13, 15-12, marking their second division win of the season. Elgins other win came last Saturday, also against Joseph.
It feels good. We played really well, Elgin coach LeeAnn Case said. DeLeah Wiles and Leanne Foster had their best games of the year.
Kendra Carpenter led Joseph (4-8, 2-3) with seven kills. Lea Ganos added five blocks. The Eagles went 43-of-45 serving.
Elgin (6-7, 2-3) travel to Nyssa today for a league tournament where it will play Pine-Eagle and Enterprise. Joseph hosts a league tournament today and will play Wallowa and Imbler.
Imbler falls to P-E
IMBLER Pine Eagles defense helped the Spartans pull out a 15-5, 11-15, 15-7 Wapiti League victory Friday over Imbler.
They played a very strong defensive game, Imbler coach Jennifer Teeter said. We got a little frustrated offensively because they did such a good job of picking things up.
Tiffany Rasmussen led Imbler (6-10, 2-3) with 10 kills. Rachel Lowe safely hit all 12 of her serves.
Imbler opens todays league tournament in Joseph with a match against Union. The Panthers also play Joseph.
Enterprise on the rise
WALLOWA Enterprise handed Wallowa its first Wapiti League loss of the season Friday.
The hosting Cougars fell to the defending league champs, 15-5, 15-7.
The girls are playing with confidence right now, Enterprise coach Lisa Farwell said.
Ashley Anderson was 25-of-26 hitting with seven kills for Enterprise (10-3, 3-2). Cami Conrad added 9-of-9 serving. On defense, Ashley Beach had 10 digs and Denette Harvey added nine.
We had way too many unforced errors, Wallowa coach Terri Wilson said. We had a hard time getting into our rhythm.
Wallowa (13-5, 4-1) was paced by Tina Stitzels 13-of-14 hitting. Laura Lewis was 11-of-12 passing. JulieAnn Snyder was 100 percent hitting.
On Saturday, Enterprise is at Nyssa for a league tournament and will play Elgin and Nyssa. Wallowa is at Josephs league tournament and plays Union and Joseph.
Cove blasts Honkers
COVE A non-league match was no problem for Cove Friday.
The Leopards smoked the visiting Arlington Honkers, 15-4, 15-2, and remained perfect with a 16-0 record.
We were able to run our offense tonight and execute a variety of skills weve been working on this week in practice, Cove coach Kim Tally said. We also received some good work off our bench.
Tally pointed to the solid all-around play of Jessie Johnson in the match. Johnson was 10-for-10 in assists, 10-for-11 serving with four aces, 4-for-4 in serve receives and 2-for-2 hitting with two kills.
Cove hosts Prairie City in Old Oregon League action next Friday.
Powder over Prairie
NORTH POWDER The Powder Valley Badgers got a rounded effort in their 15-10, 15-9 Old Oregon League victory over Prairie City.
Both games the girls played excellent, Powder Valley coach Jane Wisdom said. Usually they kind of have a roller coaster second game, but both games I was just pleased with the way they played.
Amanda Bingham had six kills for Powder Valley, which got strong net play from Jayme Simonis and Cali Taylor, Wisdom said.
Powder Valley (8-2, 4-1) doesnt play until a week from today when it travels to Prairie City for an Old Oregon League tournament.