Observer staff

La Grande put Tuesday’s loss to Baker behind it in a big way.

Claire Hardy had 12 kills, Alyssa McDowell added eight kills and 18 digs and the Tigers rebounded with a home sweep of Pendleton Thursday, 25-19, 25-15, 25-14.

“I thought we did an excellent job tonight of playing together as a team,” head coach Melinda Becker-Bisenius said. “A lot of kids stepped up tonight and had
a great game for us.”

Kenzie Williams added 15 assists, 11 digs and six kills. Liz Cashell recorded 16 digs on defense, and Jaiden Hafer tallied 5.5 blocks.

Haley Hatley chipped in with 12 assists and three aces.

The game was a complete 180-degree turnaround from Tuesday, and Becker-Bisenius said the team talked about goals in practice Wednesday.

“I said, ‘We need to do what we say we’re going to do,’” she said. “They went out tonight, they had fun, they celebrated. They played really well as a team.”

The Tigers (7-7 overall) travel to the North Marion Tournament Saturday.

Also Thursday

Ledbetter has huge night in win: Maggie Ledbetter turned in a match to remember to lead Cove to a big home win.

The senior had 27 kills, 26 digs, 12 assists and five blocks as the Leopards topped Griswold in Old Oregon League play Thursday,
23-25, 25-19, 30-28, 25-21.

“Maggie Ledbetter was everywhere tonight,” head coach Darcy Carreiro said. “She was a workhorse. I couldn’t have asked her to do more.”

Rebekah Farrell added 10 kills and Ellie Hines Dunlap had 18 assists and nine digs for Cove, which won its third in a row following a five-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Raegan Duby collected 22 digs and three aces. The team also had 16 blocks.

“It’s what I knew we could do all year,” Carreiro said of the team’s play. “(We’re) just finally figuring out how to be mentally strong and bring our own energy to the court.”

The Leopards (8-10 overall, 4-5 OOL) host Joseph today.

Badgers’ streak reaches 11: Powder Valley ran its winning streak to 11 in a row and stayed undefeated in Old Oregon League play with a 25-11, 25-7, 25-14 home sweep over Nixyaawii Thursday.

“The girls are at a good spot right now and playing good at their level,” head coach Marji Lind said. “Nixy is one of those growing programs. They’re improving, just not quite there yet. The girls’ goal was to continue to play at their level. They did that and took care of business.”

The Badgers had 25 aces and 22 kills.

“The serving is getting stronger and stronger. We’re getting a lot of aces,” Lind said. “That’s always huge. They are just so focused and mentally tough.”

The Badgers (17-9 overall, 8-0 OOL) visit Echo Friday.

Union tops Panthers again: Ellie Clark had 15 assists, 15 kills, nine digs and four aces, leading Union to a sweep of Wapiti League rival Imbler Thursday, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16.

Katie Good added 12 assists and seven kills for the Bobcats, who completed the regular season sweep of the Panthers despite an off night from the service line.

Union had nine errant serves in the first set, but overcame the rough start to take the set.

“They still were able to capitalize and do good things,” head coach Lasa Baxter said. “A good win for us going forward.”

Imbler was down in the second set, 23-16, before a 7-1 run pulled the Panthers within a point. Union, though, finished off the set, then pulled away in the latter stages of the final set.

Ashten Wright chipped in with seven kills and 13 digs, and Emilee Daggett led the back line with 19 digs.

Imbler was led by Allie Slater, who had eight kills, 20 digs and three aces. Hannah Kilpatrick added 15 digs, four kills and two aces and Katelyn Stirewalt had
16 assists and 11 digs.

Head coach Jennifer Teeter highlighted Kilpatrick and Stirewalt as two players who stood out.

“I felt their overall play was strong both offensively and defensively,” she said. “Both showed a strong presence on the court and had a lot of great hustle plays.”

Union (14-2 overall, 4-1 Wapiti) faces Nyssa and Stanfield today at the Stanfield three-way, while Imbler (5-12, 3-3) hosts Enterprise Tuesday.

Outlaws get second Wapiti win: Lexie Gassett had seven kills, Heidi Niezen added six and Enterprise picked up a 25-13, 25-21, 25-11 road win over Elgin in Wapiti League play Thursday.

“My team did a great job of focusing on offense,” head coach Lisa Farwell said. “They took some risks at the net, hit more aggressively and it paid off.”

Riley Gray and Ashlyn Gray both added four aces for the Outlaws.

Kaelin Evans and Taylor Noble had two kill each for Elgin, and Tymra Anderson had 15 digs.

Enterprise (6-10 overall, 2-3 Wapiti) and the Huskies (3-13, 0-6) both host Grant Union Saturday.