Pendleton sweeps Hermiston netters

<p></p><p>Hermiston's Bethanie Nelson spikes the ball into Pendleton's Darian Lindsey on Tuesday in the Bulldogs' 3-0 loss to the Bucks in Pendleton.</p>

Hermiston coach Becky Wadekamper could point to just one glaring malady in the Bulldogs’ 25-22, 25-15, 25-16 loss at Pendleton Tuesday night.

And that one hindrance — shoddy serving — was a death knell for  Hermiston’s offense in the Columbia River Conference sweep.

The Bulldogs couldn’t slow down the Buckaroos, and when they were able to trade blows a service error would douse the run.

“We did not execute on services,” Wadekamper said. “It’s really hard to get into your offense when that happens. It’s a momentum game, and if you can’t get up in the primary aspect of your game, you’re going to struggle.”

Pendleton, which was tied atop the CRC with the Bulldogs going into the game,  is now the league’s sole leader.

For Hermiston (5-7, 4-2), it was antithesis of its outing two weeks ago when it edged Pendleton (5-6, 5-1) in a five-game thriller.

Noa Ena, who had her way with the Bucks in the teams’ first meeting, was contained at the net, totaling just three kills to go with her 17 digs.

Middle hitters Shelby Sanders and Bethanie Nelson combined for 10 kills, but it wasn’t enough.

“Our offense was cooking pretty good the last time we played Pendleton,” Wadekamper said. “Give it to Pendleton. They played much better than we did.”

Brea Kestler had 12 assists to lead Hermiston, which travels to Glencoe on Saturday.

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