TigerScots knock off defending state champion Imbler in three sets to win Power Tourney title

The W-M volleyball team uses a stellar day from the service line to down Imbler for the Power Tournament championship Saturday.

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Weston-McEwen's Presley Pahl (No. 10) spikes the ball against Salem Academy during pool play at the TigerScots' Power Tournament Saturday.

ATHENA — Weston-McEwen served its way to the championship of its own Power Volleyball Tournament here Saturday.


The TigerScots put 96 percent of their serves in play and served 31 aces on the day as W-M went 4-0-1 on the day and grabbed the championship with a three-set win over defending Class 1A state champion Imbler.


"We served very well," TigerScot coach Shawn White said. "It’s pretty tough to get that many aces against this competition. We had some dynamite serves."


The TigerScots raced through their first two matches in pool play with a 25-19, 25-15 victory over Dufur, and a 25-8, 25-19 win over Elgin.


The TigerScots fought to a tie with Salem Academy, 19-25, 25-18 to end pool play.


W-M, by virtue of holding Salem Academy to one less point, advanced as the No. 1 seed from the pool, and drew a bye to the tournament semifinals.


Blanchet Catholic, which is co-ranked with W-M atop the state Class 2A poll, advanced to meet the TigerScots in the semifinal round. W-M rose to the occasion and defeated Blanchet in straight sets, 25-13, 26-24, to earn a shot at Imbler for the title.


Imbler defeated Salem Academy in straight sets in its semifinal match to earn its shot at the title.


Imbler took the first set, 27-25, but the TigerScots came back with a 25-21 victory to send the championship to a battle to 15 in a third and final decisive set.


Weston-McEwen was up to the challenge and knocked off Imbler 15-12 in that third set to claim the title.


"The young ladies had to come back against Blanchet and Imbler," White said. "They showed good toughness and resolve. We got outstanding play."


Renee Baumann connected for 15 serving aces on a 57-of-59 serving day to lead the TigerScots from the service line. Baumann’s 15 aces gave her 113 for the year and establishes a new single-season TigerScot record for serving aces.


Morgan Entze had a huge day for W-M with 65 assists, 23 digs, 17 blocks and 10 serving aces on 58-of-60 serving. Jordan Reger added 28 assists and was a perfect 24-of-24 from the serving line.


Presley Pahl led the W-M hitters with 48 kills. Pahl also posted a team-high 26 blocks and team-high 39 digs to the TigerScot defensive effort.


Baumann added 23 kills, and Jessica Stevens had 15 kills to add to the TigerScot offense.


Haley Freske turned in a career-high 15 blocks, Leanne Harnden came up with 32 digs and two serving aces, and Mary Herbes chipped in 23 digs and four serving aces.


The TigerScots return to Blue Mountain Conference play as they take their perfect 7-0 conference mark to second-place Union, 6-1 in conference, for a match Thursday.

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