Wa-Hi, Weston-McEwen struggle at volleyball invite

The Blue Devils go 3-3 in pool play, then 0-3 in bracket play, while the TigerScots go 0-3 in pool play at the volleyball invite on Saturday.

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HERMISTON - Wa-Hi played in the Hermiston Invitational Volleyball tournament Saturday in a day that proved to be good on the volleyball hand, and somewhat frustrating on the other hand.

"It was such a long day," Wa-Hi coach Audra Cummings said. "In the pre-season you want playing time, but we wound up with a lot of wait time (between matches)."

The Blue Devils won three games and lost three in pool play, splitting two games each with Hermiston, La Grande and Baker.

Wa-Hi thought it had won the pool as winners and losers were to be determined on point differential, but the officials made a different determination and Wa-Hi moved into bracket play, where Burns turned back the Blue Devils in three games.

"It was a long day, but we did some good things throughout the day," assistant Wa-Hi coach Lindsay Mahan said. "Kennedy Snyder had a good all around day and Sierra Carman had a good blocking day. We have some things to learn and plenty to work on before season play starts."

Wa-Hi jumps right into the league wars, as Chiawana visits Tuesday to open Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A action.

Weston-McEwen also played in the tournament, with the smallest enrollment of any school in the tourney.

But the TigerScots held their own against their bigger foes.

"We were definitely the smallest school in numbers," W-M coach Shawn White said. "We were also the smallest physically."

The TigerScots lost all three matches in pool play, but showed signs of improvement over the three matches, including finishing pool play with a 25-9, 27-26 loss to Pendleton.

"We got thumped on a bit," White said. "We got better as the day went on. I'm happy with that part."

The TigerScots moved on to the one counting match in bracket play. Baker turned back Weston-McEwen 25-15 and 25-20.

"This is probably the best competition I've seen in this tournament," White said. "We held in there and played real well at times, but sometimes the points don't come. When you're young, it can be difficult to get things to fall your way."

Morgan Entze led the TigerScots with 22 assists, 14 kills and four serving aces. Taryn Coffman contributed 15 assists, and Molly von Borstel had 16 kills to lead the hitters with 11 digs. McKayla Carlin led the defenders with 39 digs and Katy West had four blocks.

The TigerScots drop to 0-2 on the season and travel to Helix Thursday for matches with Helix and Riverside.

"(Today), we were way better than Thursday (a 3-0 loss to Powder Valley)," White said. "We improved throughout the day. I'm pleased with our progress and with what we did today."

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