Lady Leopards pick up league wins over Joseph, Wallowa

By Observer Upload October 08, 2012 01:01 pm

JOSEPH — The Cove High School volleyball team won both of its Old Oregon League contests this weekend.

The Leopards swept Joseph 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 Friday before getting past Wallowa in four games (25-14, 21-25, 25-19, 25-15) on Saturday.

“At Joseph the girls played a little flat and slow,” coach Darcy Carreiro said.

“Had a hard time getting going causing too many unforced errors as a team. They finished strong and set goals for the next day at working and correcting those areas that need to be flawless. Overall it was an entire team effort the whole game through.”

Mikayla Murchison had six kills, six assists, three digs and two blocks against the Eagles.

Hannah Hulse finished with 20 assists, five serving aces, four kills and two digs.

The Leopards got off to a fast start on Saturday against the Cougars, Carreiro said.

“At Wallowa we started off focused and on fire. We lost a little steam in Game 2 but regained the momentum and got back on track in games three and four. 

“They were focused and fought hard for every point. They ran a more aggressive, fast-paced offense and are slowly becoming more comfortable with that. It was nice to see that work for them. 

“As a team we still need to eliminate little unforced errors, clean that up and we will be exactly on the track we need to be on.”

The Leopards were able to pull the match out in four games despite some last minute adjustments prior to the game.

Carreiro said she had to insert Natalie Gerdes in at setter in place of Nikoa Murchison.

“That isn’t always an easy thing to do and Natalie ran the role well. It’s nice to know the kids can handle that pressure and make those adjustments when they need to,” Carreiro said.

Gerdes finished with 14 assists, six serving aces, three digs and one kill.

Mikayla Murchison had seven kills, three aces and two blocks, while Jannah Hulse had 14 assists and 13 kills.

Renne Mills added four kills, four blocks and four kills, Kindra Moore had 14 digs, Skyla Delint had five digs and Hailey Hulse had eight digs, six kills and five blocks.

Kellie Nostrandt had five serving aces on 22 serves, along with five digs and three kills.

“I think that the girls are starting to realize that when they stick to the game plan, attack and make the most aggressive play on the ball every time they are seeing the results they desire. We have to carry that on from game to game and stay completely focused at practice as well as in game situations to make that happen. 

“One common team goal will always be on the forefront of their focus every day,” Carreiro said.

The Leopards are now 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the Old Oregon League. Powder Valley is first with a 7-0 league mark.

Cove will play at Powder Valley Friday and then host Pine Eagle Saturday.


Outlaws handle business

IRRIGON —Enterprise defeated Pilot Rock (25-22, 25-16, 25-11) and Irrigon (19-25, 25-19, 25-16, 19-25, 15-11) this weekend.

“We had a very successful weekend at Irrigon. We won both matches which was crucial for us to stay in the hunt for a district play-off spot,” coach Lil Conrad said.

Against the Knights, the Outlaws gave up 29 points on unforced errors and missed 10 serves.

But against the Rockets, Enterprise had 18 serving aces and 22 kills.

Enterprise is now 8-8 overall and 5-5 in the Blue Mountain Conference.

Enterprise will play host to Elgin Thursday, before Heppner and Union come to town on Saturday.