September 28, 2003 11:00 pm

NORTH POWDER — The Powder Valley volleyball girls Friday kept battling back all night against Prairie City, but in the end, the holes they dug themselves into turned out to be too deep.

The Badgers lost to the Panthers 21-25, 25-16, 20-25, 20-25 in an Old Oregon League match. Powder Valley had to fight from way behind in Games 3 and 4 to make them competitive.

"I feel right now we're on a rollercoaster. We're up and down, up and down. I want the roller coaster to flatten," said coach Molly Smith.

The "rollercoaster ride" got really wild in Games 3 and 4. In Game 3, Powder Valley came out flat, falling behind 7-20.

The Badgers put on an impressive rally to make the Panthers sweat. Powder Valley scored 11 out of the next 12 points to make the score 18-21. Heather Tittle had two aces during that run to help the Badgers' cause.

But, a couple of Badger errors gave the Panthers all the margin they needed and Prairie City was able to hold Powder Valley off down the stretch.

Game 4 was almost identical. Powder Valley fell behind 11-21, but rallied again, going on a 9-2 run to make the score 20-23. Joelle Bain had two monster kills and a stuff during that run, while Sabrina Rich had a stuff and a tip for points.

What may have turned the match was a hit by Hailee Bingham. She got the ball in for an apparent point, but the officials ruled that the net had been touched and the point was awarded to Prairie City. That one point was huge. Instead of 21-23, it was 20-24, and the Panthers were able to close out the game and the match.

Kali Miller led the Badgers with 12 kills, while Bain had 10. Bain also served 100 percent with two aces.

Powder Valley is 2-2 in OOL play. The Badgers play Cove and Crane today at the Old Oregon League Tournament in Baker City.

— Pierre LaBossire

Union volleyball aces its way past Imbler Panthers

UNION — The Union volleyball girls stayed undefeated in Wapiti League play, coming from behind to beat Imbler Friday 24-26, 25-5, 25-14, 25-16.

Union coach Patty Herron said serving was key for the Bobcats (2-0 in Wapiti League, 6-5 overall).

She said Angie Collins served 27-for-27 with five aces. "She served aggressive all night," she said. The Bobcats scored 21 points during Collins' serves.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Herron and Kallin Prince had four aces each. They also chipped in five kills apiece.

Imbler coach Jennifer Teeter agreed that Union's serving was the difference.

"Especially in that second game, they dominated with their serving. We were struggling with our serve receive, but part of it was a credit to them (Union)," Teeter said.

Sandra Meredith led the Bobcats with seven kills and three solo blocks, while April Savely had five kills and Mallory Wike had 15 digs on defense.

Shelby Warren, Sierra Tristan and Mandy Griffin all served 100 percent for Imbler, while Stacey McKinnis had five kills and Tawny Overton four.

Union travels to Joseph Friday to take on the Eagles. Imbler hosts Grant Union Friday.

Jo-Hi volleyball falls to Nyssa in three games

JOSEPH — Nyssa beat Joseph Friday in three straight in a Wapiti League volleyball match-up.

The Bulldogs won 25-20, 25-12, 25-14.

"We were definitely off our game tonight. We lacked the focus that we have had so far this season. We will learn from this loss, and get ready for the next match," said coach Kendall Hayes.

Joseph is 1-2 in Wapiti League play.

Anna Yost had 10 kills, while Haddie Carpenter had four. Yost also had 20 digs, Tiffany Zimmer 15 and Holly Parker 14.

Pine-Eagle defeats Enterprise in four

HALFWAY — The Enterprise volleyball team played better, but could not come up with a Wapiti League win over Pine-Eagle Friday.

"It was just not a consistent enough effort throughout the match to put them away," Enterprise coach Tammy Crawford said.

The Spartans defeated Enterprise 23-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-23.

Crawford said Enterprise had a letdown in Game 2 and made too many mistakes. She said Games 3 and 4 were back and forth.

Enterprise served 93 percent as a team. Jessie Morgan was 16-for-16 serving with three aces.

Enterprise was 83 percent on attacks. Kayla Stoffel was 12-for-14 hitting with four kills, while Jessica Marcum was 20-for-22 hitting with three kills.

Crawford said Stoffel and Kallie Hadden blocked well at the net.

"The team came together for the most part, but let down just enough to let the match slip away from us," Crawford said.

Enterprise (3-6 overall, 0-3 in league) travels to Nyssa Friday.