October 16, 2001 11:00 pm

By Pat Perkins

Observer Staff Writer

Hermiston was bigger and better Tuesday night, but La Grande volleyball coach Teresa Dowdy didnt want her team to get down on itself after losing the non-league match in two games.

I told the girls, You dont really have to be ashamed; theyre 7-2 in the (Intermountain Conference) right now, Dowdy said.

Hermiston held off La Grande mini-rallies late in each game en route to a 15-8, 15-9 victory. The Bulldogs simply had better blockers and better hitters than La Grande, which fell to 6-15 overall.

It didnt help the Tigers cause that they missed four straight serves to start the match.

I said to them, The next person who misses a serve is going to do 100 serves after the match, Dowdy said. We didnt miss any more serves.

But the damage was done. Hermiston marched to a 13-5 lead before La Grande scored three in a row.

La Grande trailed 11-5 in the second game but got four straight points with Erin Henjum serving. Again, Hermiston used its strong hitting to finish the game and match.

Hermiston also dominated the net with several blocks.

We just kept hitting right into them instead of cutting around them, Dowdy said. It just takes a lot of experience to do that.

Junior Danielle Tams had five kills and junior Kelli Greenough had three for the Tigers.

Dowdy installed a different offense, and she said Tams did a good job of mixing it up and getting (the ball) to the hitters.

Sophomore Katelin Weaver led the defense with 12-for-15 on serve receive.

La Grande returns to Greater Oregon League action Thursday with its last home match. The Tigers play Saturday at a tournament in Philomath.


JOSEPH Enterprise found itself down 6-0 to start Tuesdays Wapiti League volleyball match against Joseph.

Then the girls just quit, Joseph coach Kendall Hayes said about her Eagles. The team then watched Enterprise, the defending league champions, score 30 of the next 34 points.

Joseph got strong blocking early from Anna Yost and Lea Ganos, but the Eagle attack could only muster two kills apiece from Ganos, Yost and Licia Miller.

Enterprise (14-4 overall, 7-3 league) plays Friday at Nyssa. Joseph (4-12, 2-7) hosts Union for its last home game of the season.


ELGIN The Imbler Panthers moved a half-game ahead of idle Pine Eagle into fourth place with a 12-15, 15-9, 15-12 victory Tuesday over Elgin.

The top four teams in the league advance to the district tournament Nov. 3. Imbler has won three of its last four matches and came on strong in the last two games Tuesday.

In the second and third games we started to do a better job on defense and we started to get our hands on a few blocks, Imbler coach Jennifer Teeter said.

Tiffany Rasmussen had six kills for Imbler (9-12 overall) and Amy Clerget added five kills. Clerget also had 15 points serving and Stacey McKinnis had four ace blocks.

Imbler hosts Wallowa on Friday, while Elgin (6-12, 2-8) hosts Pine Eagle.


NYSSA Wallowa overcame the road trip blues and pulled out an 8-15, 15-6, 15-4 victory Tuesday over Nyssa.

It was never one of those things where we knew we wouldnt win it, Wallowa coach Terri Wilson said. I knew they could any moment turn it around.

Wallowa had a lot of errors in the first game, Wilson said.

The trip takes some out of you, and we had several that were sick, she said.

Tina Stitzel was one of those sick, but she served 15-of-15 with two aces and had six kills. Amanda Wilson led Wallowa (17-6, 8-2) with eight kills, and Lynique Oveson was 14-for-14 serving. Wilson and Laura Lewis each had 11 defensive digs.

We did have some strong passing, Terri Wilson said, referring to Oveson, Lewis and Holli Barton.

Wallowa visits Imbler Friday and hosts a non-league tournament Saturday featuring Cove, Powder Valley and Huntington.

Wapiti League Volleyball Standings


Union 9-1

Wallowa 8-2

Enterprise 7-3

Imbler 5-5

Pine Eagle 4-5

Joseph 2-7

Elgin 2-8

Nyssa 2-8

Tuesdays Matches

Imbler def. Elgin, 12-15, 15-9, 15-12

Enterprise def. Joseph, 15-6, 15-4

Wallowa def. Nyssa, 8-15, 15-6, 15-4

Fridays Matches

Pine Eagle at Elgin

Union at Joseph

Enterprise at Nyssa

Wallowa at Imbler