Observer Staff

The Union Bobcats followed a win Friday by sweeping through all their competition on the way to a victory at the Helix Invitational Saturday.

In pool play, the Bobcats swept through host Griswold (25-13, 25-7), Cove (25-12, 25-19) and Umatilla (25-8, 25-11) to finish first in its pool. Union followed by dropping Riverside in the tournament quarterfinals (25-11, 25-6), Pine Eagle in the semifinals (25-5, 25-9), and Cove in a rematch in the championship, (25-12, 25-16).

“They played diligently and did exactly what I asked them to do in regards to not letting up or slowing down until they hit 25 points,” head coach Karly Knapp said.

Stats were not available for Union (5-2 overall), which travels to face Pacific and Bandon Friday in Bandon.

Cove, meanwhile, swept Umatilla and Griswold in pool play before losing to Union. In bracket play, the Leopards topped McLoughlin (25-22, 25-11) and edged Imbler (25-20, 27-25) before falling to Union in the finale.

Stats and pool play scores were not available for the Leopards (5-1 overall), who host Imbler Tuesday to begin OOL action.

The Imbler Panthers won their pool, defeating Pine Eagle (25-11, 25-21), Riverside (25-12, 25-18) and Mac-Hi (25-8, 25-24). In bracket play, Imbler eased past Umatilla (25-15, 25-10) before falling in the semifinals to Cove.

Aspen Smith had 25 kills and 35 digs during the tournament. Erin Coston had 39 digs, 12 aces and 11 kills, and Rylee Deal had 39 assists and seven aces. Anika McDonald added 29 digs.

The Panthers (3-4 overall) visit Cove to start OOL play Tuesday.

Teams tangle at
Cat Clash

Wallowa, Elgin and Joseph all battled at the Cat Clash Saturday in Echo and Stanfield.

The Cougars topped Nixyaawii in pool play, (25-17, 8-8), edged Echo (27-25), Jewell (25-18, 25-9) and DeSales, Washington (25-4, 25-9). In bracket play, the Cougars lost to Stanfield, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18.

Pool play matches were on a 25-minute time limit, which led to incomplete second sets.

Jamie Johnston had four kills and four blocks against Stanfield. ShannaRae Tillery also had four kills.

Elgin split its pool play matches, falling to Stanfield (25-15, 19-13), beating Prescott, Washington (25-19, 10-6), splitting with Sherman (15-25, 15-12) and playing a tight match with Joseph (24-26, 4-4). The Huskies then dropped a close three-set match to Jewell during bracket play, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23.

Stats were not available.

The Huskies (2-2 overall), travel to Joseph Tuesday to begin Old Oregon League play.

Joseph fell in four sets to Echo in bracket play, 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20.

Stats, and Joseph’s scores from pool play, were not available.

The Eagles (2-4 overall) host Elgin Tuesday to begin Old Oregon league play.

Outlaws battle in Prairie City

The Enterprise Outlaws went 2-1 in pool play then split a pair of bracket play matches at the Prairie City Invitational Saturday.

In pool play, the Outlaws fell to Redmond (25-20, 25-23), defeated Harper (25-13, 25-8) and defeated Dayville/Monument (25-12, 25-14). Once the invitational’s bracket play began, Enterprise dropped Condon/Wheeler (25-7, 25-10) but lost to Prairie City in the semifinals (27-25, 25-15).

Ashlyn Gray recorded 36 kills on the day for the Outlaws. Rilyn Kirkland dished out 35 assists, and Zari Bathke had 11 blocks.

Enterprise (5-4 overall) hosts Wallowa Tuesday.


Imbler tops Stanfield

Aspen Smith had 11 kills and 11 digs to help the Imbler Panthers to a sweep of the Stanfield Tigers Friday, 25-14, 25-23, 25-11.

Erin Coston added six kills in the win. Allison Stirewalt had 12 digs, Anika McDonald added nine and Rylee Deal doled out 20 assists.

Bobcats make quick work of Pine Eagle

The Union Bobcats made quick work of the Pine Eagle Spartans in a nonleague match at home Friday, winning 25-9, 25-6, 25-20.

Kylie Marriott led Union in the win with 10 kills. Autumn Daggett added seven kills and also had four aces. Callie Glenn had 10 assists and three aces, and Brianna Kohr had seven digs and three aces.