Eagles soar to Waitsburg-Prescott volleyball tournament title


WALLA WALLA — A pair of Whitman County teams dominated their respective pools and met for the championship Saturday during the annual Waitsburg-Prescott volleyball tournament hosted by Walla Walla Community College at the Dietrich Dome.

St. John-Endicott defeated Lacrosse-Washtucna, 25-14, 25-18 for the tourney title.

The teams earned championships berths with straight-set wins in the semifinals. L-W bested the Wa-Hi junior varsity, 25-17, 25-21, and St. John-Endicott downed DeSales, 25-15, 25-14.

Host Waitsburg-Prescott earned the consolation crown by outlasting Pilot Rock in three games, 25-15, 16-25, 15-13.

In the consolation semis, W-P stopped Touchet, 25-13, 25-19, and Pilot Rock knocked off Asotin, 25-20, 25-22.

During pool play, L-W swept W-P, 25-14, 25-21, rallied to beat DeSales, 18-25, 25-11, 15-6, and toppled Asotin, 25-13, 25-14.

DeSales, which finished second in pool A, beat Waitsburg-Prescott, 25-27, 25-21, 15-9, and Asotin, 24-26, 25-12, 15-7.

"We liked what we saw and are excited to see what we can do in league," DeSales coach Lori Blanc said. "We got excellent serving by Jamie Majerus and Chantel Blanc. Caitlin Duncan had a great day at the net as a middle blocker as did Abby Larreau."

W-P’s lone win in pool play was a 25-23, 25-19 triumph over Asotin.

Genesis Pearson led W-P with 32 kills on the day, Megan Withers added 22 and Angelina Paniagua had nine. Paniagua set the pace with 21 digs while Pearson and Withers upped 18 balls apiece. Rocio Escalante contibuted 14 digs.

Paniagua was 48-of-50 from the service line with 11 aces and Alyssa Hafen served 37-for-38 with nine aces for W-P.

Setter Amanda Weis had 62 assists.

"For the first time out, we played pretty consistent," W-P coach Jessie Buehler said. "Our strength was our passing and our defense kept us in most games.

"If we learn to stay intense in every game, we’ll be tough to beat," Buehler said.

St. J-E took care of Touchet, 25-20, 25-23, the Wa-Hi jayvee, 25-23, 25-20, and Pilot Rock, 25-11, 25-13 in pool B.
The junior Blue Devils upended Touchet, 25-17, 20-25, 15-4, and Pilot Rock, 28-26, 17-25, 15-10.

Pilot Rock salvaged one win in pool B — a 25-23, 21-25, 17-15 nipping of Touchet.

TigerScots take third at Red Lion Invitational in Pendleton

PENDLETON — After notching a 5-0 mark at a jamboree in Umatilla on Friday, the Weston-McEwen volleyball squad went 2-1-1 among larger area schools and finished third at the Red Lion Invitational here on Saturday.

In pool play, the TigerScots split with Pendleton 25-16. 15-25; rolled La Grande 25-11, 25-13; and beat The Dalles 25-21, 25-14.

Entering bracket play as a first-place team from pool play, the TigerScots ran into a taller Hermiston squad and lost 25-15, 25-19 to end their tourney run.

"The games were a lot closer than the score make them appear," W-M coach Shawn White said. "We had a couple hiccups in the second game, and our inexperience showed.

"We had a lot of good matches," he added.

Tournament stat leaders for W-M included Morgan Entze with 33 assists, five kills and 11 service aces; Jordan Reger with 23 assists, four kills and 19-for-19 serving; Tiffany Cain with eight kills and two aces; Renee Baumann with 19 kills and five aces; Presley Pahl with 27 kills, seven blocks and two aces; Mary Herbes with 11 digs and 12-for-13 serving; Laina Fairchild with 9-for-9 serving.

"We have a number of young athletes, and we made huge strides in our play," White said. "It was a good learning experience, and we’re happy to finish third among the larger schools."

W-M returns to action with 4 p.m. match at the five-team Mac-Hi tournament on Tuesday.

Pirates go 2-1, place second at Davenport Invitational Saturday

DAVENPORT — A young Pomeroy volleyball team went 2-1 and placed second at the Davenport Invitational here on Saturday.

The Pirates defeated Lake Roosevelt 28-18, 25-20, 16-25 and 25-14 to open play.

They downed Odessa 25-13, 25-14, 23-25 and 27-25 in their second match.

Davenport then defeated the Pirates in the title match 25-19, 25-14 and 25-14.

"We played some good teams," Pomeroy coach Bruce Crossfield said. "Davenport is always among the top B teams in the state."

Among the leaders for the Pirates, Kimbsey Bott smacked 29 kills and garnered 26 blocks with 12 stuff blocks; Heather VanVogt slammed 20 kills; Melissa Bartlow had 42 assists and went 28-for-29 at the service line with nine aces; HayLee Koller had 19 assists; and Maddie Grimm served 31-for-33 at the line with five aces.

"In the first two matches we served 97 and 95 percent, but against Davenport we had 10 service errors," Crossfield said.

"Overall we did very well on the things we tried to emphasize," Crossfield added. "I was pleased on the day. Against Odessa, we were down 22-14 in the fourth game and came back to win it.

"That was a highlight of the tournament for us," he said.

The Pirates play again at 7 p.m. at St. John-Endicott.


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