La Grande keeps Ontario in check

Written by Observer staff October 18, 2013 08:05 am

La Grande and Cassidy Crites (13) kept a perfect run through the Greater Oregon League alive with a sweep of Ontario Thursday.
La Grande and Cassidy Crites (13) kept a perfect run through the Greater Oregon League alive with a sweep of Ontario Thursday.
 

ONTARIO — The La Grande volleyball team kept its perfect streak alive in Greater Oregon League play, despite a close call, with a three-game sweep of Ontario 25-13, 27-25, 25-13 Thursday.

The Tigers are a win away from a clean slate in league play with a 5-0 record. La Grande is 15-2 overall.

“We made some mistakes tonight,” La Grande head coach Melinda Becker-Bisenius said. “It’s just one of those things. But, the girls were able to work through it, and we got the win.

“We served really tough tonight. More importantly it looked like the girls really had fun. That’s something that we have been focusing on in practice, and we saw it tonight.”

One thing that Ontario didn’t see were hitting lanes. 

La Grande kept Ontario in check at the net with 17 blocks.

“We wanted to come out and put up a wall,” Becker-Bisenius said. “All that work in practice paid off.”

Anna Grigsby led La Grande with eight solo blocks. Cassidy Crites added five solo blocks.

Crites also finished with five kills. 

Hanna Cashell led the team with 11 kills.

Kendall Kirland had a team-best 15 assists. The senior also  added six kills and three blocks.

La Grande will travel to the Philomath tournament. Play begins at 8 a.m. 

Huskies fall to top-ranked Weston-MCEwen

ATHENA — The Elgin volleyball team had its hands full with No. 1 Weston-McEwen Thursday night.

But the Lady Huskies couldn’t pull off the Blue Mountain Conference upset, falling in straight sets 25-7, 25-11, 25-4.

The loss drops Elgin to 9-12 overall and 5-8 in the BMC.

Weston-McEwen, whose only loss this year came in a non-league match against Imbler, improves to 24-1 overall and 14-0 in conference.

Elgin has three matches left in the regular season. The Lady Huskies host Grant Union and Heppner Saturday at noon, before traveling to play Enterprise Tuesday at 5 p.m.