Pioneers hand Umatilla loss

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Mac-Hi's Cheyenne Kessler gets the outstretched dig against Umatilla in the Pioneers' match win against the Vikings Thursday night.

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Haley Freske during Mac-Hi's win over Umatilla 25-20, 14-25, 25-20 Thursday night.

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Mac-Hi beat Umatilla 25-20, 14-25, 25-20 Thursday night.

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sMac-Hi beat Umatilla 25-20, 14-25, 25-20 Thursday night.

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Mac-Hi beat Umatilla 25-20, 14-25, 25-20 Thursday night.

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Led by Destiny Thornhill (center) the Mac-Hi bench erupts with celebration over the Pioneers' come-from-behind, first-game win Thursday night over visiting Umatilla.

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Mac-Hi beat Umatilla 25-20, 14-25, 25-20 Thursday night.

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Mac-Hi beat Umatilla 25-20, 14-25, 25-20 Thursday night.

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Mac-Hi beat Umatilla 25-20, 14-25, 25-20 Thursday night.

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Mac-Hi beat Umatilla 25-20, 14-25, 25-20 Thursday night.

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Mac-Hi beat Umatilla 25-20, 14-25, 25-20 Thursday night.

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One hand for balance and one for the dig, Mac-Hi's Jolene Brannan flies for a sideways save Thursday night in Milton-Freewater as the Pioneers downed visiting Umatilla in two-out-of three (25-20, 14-25. 25-20).

MILTON-FREEWATER - The Pioneers defeated visiting Umatilla in four sets Thursday night, winning sets one and two before dropping the third and coming back to win the fourth.

The Pioneers won the first set 25-16, the second 25-20, lost 25-14 in the third and beat Umatilla 25-20 again in the fourth to take the match victory.

"It went good, we jumped on them early," coach Kaila Rodighiero said. "It's something we haven't been doing as well lately.

Although the Pioneers didn't play well in the third set, Rodighiero said she felt her team handled it well.

"They got down a couple times by a few points, and they would just push," she said. "You could tell they didn't care, they just wanted that next point. That's something that we worked on a lot in practice."

The Pioneers were led in the victory by sophomore Mackenzie Fite who had eight aces on the night. Avery Wells had two aces along with going 14-for-15 from the service line and sending down three kills. Megan Reed contributed four kills and Cheyenne Kessler and Jolene Brannan rounded out the leaders with 10 and 11 digs respectively.

Mac-Hi travels to La Grande Tuesday.

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