Volleyball Roundup

<p>Noa Ena spikes home a kill against Hood River Valley in the Bulldog's league opener.</p>

Hermiston netters tie for third

The Bulldogs played well at the Century Tournament in Hillsboro, Ore., knocking off Liberty 2-1 (23-25, 25-20, 15-11) in bracket play but losing to Newberg 2-0 (19-25, 12-25).

Head coach Becky Wadekamper said her squad came out “a little flat” in the pool play round but quickly “stepped up” as they moved into bracket play. She said one of her team’s goals this tournament was to beat Liberty, who knocked out the Bulldogs in last year’s edition of the Century tournament.

Next was Newberg, a 6A team ranked eighth in the state in the highest classification. Wadekamper said Newberg had a “crafty” setter who was adept at masking where she was going with her passes.

“We know we can hang with a team ranked eighth in 6A,” Wadekamper said. “That’s not a bad loss.”

Stanfield volleyball starts slow against Union

The Stanfield Tigers dropped their Blue Mountain Conference opener to Union 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-23) Saturday afternoon in Union.

Head coach Lacey Sharp said it was again a matter of a slow start for the Tigers (1-8, 0-1), who “finally decided to play” in the third game but couldn’t get anything going against a team that already had built-up momentum.

She said her practices have been focused on preparing for the first game.

“That’s the hurdle we need to jump right now: being ready for game one,” she said, adding it’s just a matter of the girls being motivated and fired up to start the matches.

She said she is happy with the effort of her team.

Stanfield sweeps Nixya’awii

Stanfield topped Nixya’awii 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-19) in a non-league volleyball match Tuesday night. Stanfield improves to 1-8 (0-1 in Blue Mountain League), and Nixya’awii, in their first volleyball season, moves to 0-6 (0-4 in Big Sky League). No further details were reported. Stanfield takes on Weston-McEwen in Athena tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

Umatilla dropped by Dufur in Helix

The Umatilla Vikings dropped a tournament match in Helix to Dufur on Saturday, losing in bracket play in straight sets (25-11, 25-13).

In pool play, the Vikings (6-4) split a pair of matches with Imbler, a team the current Umatilla players had never beaten, but head coach Megan Olsen said they had an “emotional” let down against Helix and lost.

“That itself is a good lesson,” Olsen said Monday. “After a win, they have to be ready to come out and play every match.”

Dufur (13-2) had a couple chances to watch Umatilla play and formed a game plan. They attacked the setter side of the court and forced normally offensive players to play defense. Olsen said it was a good experience for the team

Monument/Dayville outlasts Echo

The Echo Cougars (5-3, 1-0) lost a non-league volleyball match to Monument/Dayville (8-5, 2-0) Saturday 2-1 (25-20, 20-25, 15-13). No further details were reported.

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