Weston-McEwen volleyball winning streak keeps growing

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ATHENA — Weston-McEwen kept its Blue Mountain Conference winning streak alive here Saturday in BMC volleyball action.

The TigerScots, ranked No. 6 in the latest OSAA volleyball poll, upended No. 7-ranked Grant Union in the first Saturday match. The Prospectors fell to W-M 3-1.

W-M completed the double header sweep with a 3-0 win over Irrigon.

The TigerScots dropped GU 25-11 to open the first match of the day, but the Prospectors evened the match with a 25-19 win in set two. The TigerScots responded with 25-13 and 25-19 wins to close out the match.

“That was a big match,” W-M coach Shawn White said. “In the second set we let them get into a good rhythm and they got after us.

“They had some big hitters,” White continued. “When they have big hitters, we must control the flow of the game. For the most part, we forced Grant Union to play at the speed we wanted. I was pleased with the way we responded (to the second-set loss).”

W-M struggled again in the second set against Irrigon, but the TigerScots won in three with scores of 25-18, 25-23, and 25-11.

“They came after us tough,” White said of Irrigon. “Sometimes you have a let down after a big match. We had to stay focused and in set two, our focus was not where it needed to be and we got down 20-13 and had no right to win. But we got the job done. We played tough when we needed to.”

Taryn Coffman again ran the TigerScot show and finished the day with 56 assists. Coffman added six blocks and five serving aces to her afternoon of work.

Molly von Borstel led the W-M hitters with 20 kills. McKayla Carlin posted 38 digs and went 39-of-40 from the serving line. Marlene Bodmer added 16 kills and posted a team-leading 13 blocks on the day. Melanie Sederburg chipped in 11 kills and had six blocks at the net.

Natalie Arnold was a perfect 23-of-23 serving and Melina Baker went 12-of-12 from the line. Danni Dearing came up with nine digs and three serving aces.

W-M improves to 12-0 in BMC play and takes a three game lead, with four matches to play, in the title chase. W-M hosts Enterprise Thursday.

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