Weston-McEwen rides tough Elgin victory into Saturday's Power Tournament

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ELGIN, Ore. — Weston-McEwen had its hands full and then some with feisty Elgin here Thursday night in a Blue Mountain Conference volleyball match.


Which means the TigerScots can expect more of the same Saturday when they entertain the Huskies and six other schools in their first W-M Power Volleyball Tournament.


"Elgin’s tough," W-M coach Shawn White said. "They were tough last year, and they returned most of their kids. They’re ranked No. 10 in the state 2A rankings, and they’re always tough on us."


It took five sets for the TigerScots to get past the Huskies in Thursday’s match, including a spirited comeback from a 22-16 deficit in the fourth. In the end, Weston-McEwen prevailed 25-18, 19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 to improve to 7-0 halfway through the league campaign and 23-4 for the season.


Laina Fairchild was 18-for-20 serving in the match, and she was at the service line during the critical six-point rally that tied the fourth set at 22-22.


Presley Pahl was her usual self in leading the TigerScots with 20 digs, 16 kills and six blocks. Jessica Stevens had a team-high 13 blocks to go with six kills, and Renee Baumann finished with 11 kills and 15 digs despite missing part of the action when she turned an ankle.


Haley Freske, who spelled Baumann while she recovered from her injury, chipped in with four kills.


Morgan Entze led the TigerScots with 24 assists and added seven blocks. Jordan Reger finished with 15 assists and Tiffany Cain contributed five kills.


Elgin, Dufur and Salem Academy will join Weston-McEwen in one of two pools during Saturday’s tournament. The other pool features Riverside Christian of Yakima, Imbler, Union and Blanchet Catholic.


Union, which is right behind Weston-McEwen in the BMC standings at 6-1, is ranked No. 6 in Oregon’s Class 2A state poll while Blanchet Catholic and Weston-McEwen share the top spot in the poll.


Play begins Saturday at 8 a.m. The finals are scheduled for approximately 7 p.m.

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