Top volleyball teams to attend W-M Power Tournament Saturday

Play begins Saturday at 8 a.m. and will continue all day in the Athena and Weston gyms.

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ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen Power Tournament is bringing some of the top teams from Oregon and Washington to Athena and Weston Saturday.


TigerScots coach Shawn White said eight teams are scheduled to be on hand, including defending Oregon Class 2A champion Blanchet Catholic.
De La Salle North Catholic out of Portland was set to attend, but had a scheduling conflict, White said.


In its place, Heppner, currently ranked No. 7 in Oregon Class 2A division, is attempting to attend, he said.


The TigerScots, currently co-ranked No. 1 in Oregon with Blanchet Catholic, are looking for some revenge on the Cavaliers as well as Salem Academy, which is currently ranked No. 3 in the state. Blanchet Catholic defeated W-M in the state semifinals last year, and Salem Academy beat the TigerScots in last year’s state game for third and fifth places.


"It should be interesting," White said of the rematches Saturday.


Also attending the Power Tournament is Union, currently ranked No. 6 in the state, and Riverside Christian out of Yakima, ranked No. 4 in Washington’s Class 2B poll, which is the equivilent of Oregon’s Class 2A.


Two Oregon Class 1A teams, Imbler and Dufur, will also be on hand. Imbler is the defending 1A champion and has a 20-2 record with losses coming to W-M and Elgin.


Class 1A doesn’t have a coaches’ poll, but if it did Imbler "would be the runaway No. 1," White said.


Dufur is a "perennial top team in the state," he said.


Pool play begins at 8 a.m. at the Weston and Athena gyms. Bracket play is slated to begin at 1:15 p.m. in both gyms, with the championship match to begin between 6-7 p.m. in Athena. If time allows, the 3-4 match will be played in Weston.


Admission for the day’s play is $2 students, $4 adults, and free for seniors and preschoolers.


"If people want to see some great volleyball, pretty much every team has a college-level player on it, and some five and six," White said. "It should be a very good tournament. We have a lot of talent coming in here, some very good teams."


Weston-McEwen, 22-4, travels to Elgin for a match Thursday evening.

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