Observer staff

Imbler ended a six-game losing streak with an impressive performance from the service line, sweeping Elgin to open Wapiti League play Tuesday, 25-17, 25-10, 25-23 in Imbler.

The Panthers served up 19 aces against the Huskies — six coming from Caysie McGinness and three each from Sydney Treat, Katelyn Stirewalt and Allie Slater.

“We struggled with our serving game in Set 1, but it was very strong in Sets 2 and 3,” Imbler head coach Jennifer Teeter said.

Slater also had a team-high 10 kills. Hannah Kilpatrick chipped in with eight. McGinness had 10 digs, Slater and Kilpatrick both had eight, and Stirewalt dished out 22 assists.

Tymra Anderson led the Elgin attack with four kills and Izzy Stephens had 17 digs.

“It was a tough match, (but) the girls did the best they could, and I’m pleased with that,” Elgin head coach Tiana Murphey said.

The Panthers (3-9 overall, 1-0 Wapiti) travel to Union Thursday. Elgin (3-6, 0-1) visits Griswold Thursday.

Badgers hold off Griswold

Powder Valley blew a two-set lead, but managed to stave off Griswold’s comeback attempt to win the Old Oregon League showdown Tuesday in North Powder, 25-19, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 15-6.

“We started out slow with the attack. We were a little bit hesitant. Finally in Game 5 we got super aggressive,” head coach Marji Lind said.

Powder Valley (10-9 overall, 1-0 OOL) travels to Joseph Thursday.

Cougars earn road win

Wallowa picked up a tight five-set win at the La Grande junior varsity Tuesday, 20-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-19, 15-12.

The Cougars (3-3 overall, travel to Cove for an Old Oregon League contest Thursday.