The Irrigon Knights volleyball team began the 2018 season with a pair of victories on Friday, defeating Heppner 3-1 before knocking off its league rival, Umatilla, 3-0 as well.
Against Heppner, the Mustangs (1-1) took the first set 25-20, but Irrigon came back to win the next three sets 25-21, 25-20, 25-20. Haley White led the Knights (2-0) with 13 kills, Emma Muller had seven and Brianna Rice had six, while Makenna Collins led the team’s defense with 16 digs. Sydney Wilson led the Mustangs with six kills.
Then against Umatilla, Irrigon won easily 25-15, 25-11, 25-13.
Heppner also matched up with Umatilla (0-2) on Friday, where the Mustangs won 3-0 with scores of 25-11, 25-8 and 25-14. Jenna McCullough led the Mustangs in the match with nine kills and Nicole Propheter had four, while Claire Grieb, Wilson and Propheter each had four serving aces.
“We played hard and today showed us what we need to work on,” Heppner coach Mindy Wilson said.
Echo wins twice at 1A Preview
The Echo volleyball program started off 2018 in a good way, winning two of its three matches at the 1A Season Preview Tournament on Friday afternoon.
The Cougars (2-1) started the day with a 2-1 win over Prairie City (25-18, 25-20, 15-12), then defeated Country Christian 2-0 (25-22, 25-20), but finished the day with a 2-0 loss to Hosanna CHristian (25-14, 25-15).
The Cougars continue the tournament on Saturday against Days Creek at 10 a.m., North Clackamas Christian at 3 p.m. and then against McKenzie at 6 p.m.