HEPPNER, Ore. - The Weston-McEwen volleyball team came up just short of winning the Heppner Tournament Saturday, falling to Dufur in the championship match by scores of 16-25, 25-16 and 13-25.
"We played much better, it was a great day for us," coach Shawn White said. "We got better all day. We had a couple injuries that we played through in the morning and then another injury at the end of the day - if the last injury wasn't serious, then it was an awesome day."
The TigerScots were led offensively by senior Morgan Entze. Entze posted 50 assists, 32 kills and seven aces for the day.
"Morgan put up really nice numbers all around, but our strength is everybody," White said. "Everybody worked hard all day, it was that collective effort and fight that made it for us."
Junior McKayla Carlin posted 59 digs along with five service aces. Marlene Bodmer blocked 11 balls and had 11 aces for the night.
Weston-McEwen lost two games in the pool round, but entered bracket play as the first seed thanks to a tie-breaker. The TigerScots were perfect through bracket play until they faced Dufur, sweeping Cove 25-21 and 25-8 before taking Grant Union down 25-22 and 25-19.
"Well, our expectations going in were just to fight hard and get better as the day went on," White said. "I just really enjoyed the improvement they made.
"Dufur was a great team and we really stepped up and played hard. There was a lot of improvement and that was great to see."
The TigerScots host DeSales and Imbler Thursday.