Mac-Hi volleyball team third at Stanfield tournament

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STANFIELD - Mac-Hi won three-out-of-five matches here Saturday at Stanfield's Big Pink breast cancer awareness volleyball tournament and returned home with the third-place trophy.

The Pioneers toppled Echo 25-18, 15-25, 15-6 in the third-place game after splitting their first four matches in the six-team tournament.

Mac-Hi began the day with a 25-17, 25-21 victory over Echo and a 25-11, 25-17 loss to St. Paul in pool play. The Pioneers then defeated Arlington 25-10, 25-15 before losing to Pendleton's junior varsity squad 25-19, 25-12 in the tourney semifinals.

Megan Reed delivered six kills and Mackenzie Fite was 9-for-9 serving in the three-set victory over the Cougars to decide third place. Haley Freske was 6-for-6 serving with one ace in that victory.

Freske also had a big game the first time around against Echo. She led the Pioneers with six kills and five blocks while Jolene Brennan was 17-for-18 serving with an ace.

St. Paul defeated Pendleton for the tournament championship.

"We played pretty well all around, and we played together," Mac-Hi coach Kaila Rodighiero said. "There was no single individual who really stood out."

The Pioneers raised their season record to 5-9. They take an 0-4 Greater Oregon League mark into Tuesday's home match against La Grande at 6 p.m.. Ontario comes to town Saturday for a 3 p.m. GOL counter as part of Mac-Hi's homecoming weekend.

"Our girls have improved so much," Rodighiero said. "We can compete with anyone in the GOL for sure."

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