September 28, 2001 11:00 pm

Imbler upsets Union

for first Wapiti victory

UNION Imbler had big leads early and withstood Union rallies for a 15-13, 16-14 Wapiti League victory Friday.

The Panthers held leads of 14-3 in the first game and 14-7 in the second and held off late Union rallies.

They really came ready to play tonight, Union coach Patty Herron said of the Panthers. They did a nice job of hitting through our blocks.

Both teams served well, Herron said, with Union getting two serving aces apiece from Jana Brotherton and Melissa Helmer.

What hurt the Bobcats, however, were 11 serve receive errors.

Imbler, on the other hand, served 90 percent, including 100 percent from Kaylene Parsons, who served the final two points in the second game.

Tiffany Rasmussen had 13 kills for Imbler, which had a season-best 91-percent hitting night. Rachel Lowe and Emily Correll added four apiece.

Lizzie Woody did an excellent job of running our offense, Imbler coach Jennifer Teeter said. She led the girls and helped us stay focused on the court.

Union (9-3, 2-1) plays two league games today at the league tournament in Halfway. Imbler (5-8, 1-1) hosts Enterprise, Elgin and Joseph for the days other league tournament.

Wallowa blanks Elgin in decisive third game

WALLOWA The Elgin Huskies couldnt get anything going in the third game Friday against the Wallowa Cougars.

Wallowa shut out Elgin in that final game, winning 15-5, 13-15, 15-0.

Elgin coach LeeAnn Case said it wasnt anything her team did poorly, it was just that Wallowa played well.

Elgin (4-6, 0-2) would fight like crazy to get a sideout and then not be able to do anything with it, Case said.

Elgin plays at the Imbler league tournament, while Wallowa (11-4, 2-0) travels to Halfway for that tourney.

Enterprise drops second straight league match

HALFWAY Minus a sick starting setter, Enterprise couldnt pull out a win Friday against Pine Eagle.

The Spartans handed Enterprise its second Wapiti League prep volleyball defeat, 3-15, 15-11, 15-13.

Enterprises Cami Conrad was ill, although she tried to play in the third game, coach Lisa Farwell said.

We made a lot of mistakes, Farwell said. We just mentally werent there.

Ashley Beach did play a good defensive game for Enterprise (7-3, 0-2), with seven digs. Kazzie Dawson added eight kills.

Enterprise plays Joseph and Imbler today at Imblers league tournament.

Badgers make quick work of Jordan Valley

NORTH POWDER The Powder Valley Badgers wasted little time Friday beating the Jordan Valley Mustangs.

Powder Valley rolled through Jordan Valley 15-3, 15-7, getting its first Old Oregon League victory of the season.

Ive noticed theyre at a place, a higher level from where we were at the end of the year last year, Wisdom said.

Powder Valley (5-2, 1-1) plays Adrian and Crane today at the Old Oregon League tournament in Prairie City.

Leopards still perfect

ADRIAN Cove improved to 13-0 with a resounding 15-11, 15-6, road win over Adrian Friday in Old Oregon League play.

The Leopards used strong performances from Melissa Smith, Amy Puckett and Kelcie Robinson.

Smith went 8 for 9 hitting with five kills, 7 for 7 seving,, 7 for 8 in serve receptions and 5 for 5 in tips. Puckett served 14 for 14, and Robinson was 14 of 15 hitting with four kills, 11 of 12 serving, and 12 of 12 in serve receptions.

We actually had a bit of bus lag and never got anything going offensively, Cove coach Kim Tally said.

Cove (13-0, 2-0) plays today at the Old Oregon League Tournament in Prairie City.

Joseph throttles Nyssa

JOSEPH Joseph jumped to 2-0 in Wapiti action after easily beating Nyssa 15-7, 15-10, Friday.

Anna Yost paced the hosting Eagles (4-5, 2-0) with seven kills and four blocks. Lea Ganos added seven blocks and four kills. Jesse Botham had three kills and three blocks.

Right now, were going from game to game, Joseph coach Kendall Hayes sai.d Were working on things on our side of the net and not worrying about the other team.

Joseph missed only two serves in the match and had nine aces.