Energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared. Einstein's famous equation finds its way into the physics of play — and portions of a Homecoming banner on the wall — as Weston-McEwen's McKayla Carlin slides down for the dig Thursday night against visiting Pendleton.
Photo by Jeff Horner.
ATHENA — It was a battle of David and Goliath Thursday night as Class 5A Pendleton visited 2A Weston-McEwen for a non-league volleyball matchup.
Pendleton, ranked No. 7 in its classification and featuring a front line of girls 5-foot-8 or better, defeated the TigerScots in straight sets, 25-15, 25-15 and 25-19, to hand Weston-McEwen just its fifth loss of the season.
“We played well and we played hard,” W-M coach Shawn White said. “We had a lot of good rallies. It took a over an hour to play the match even though it only took three sets to play.
“We got better tonight, which is what we needed to do.”
Weston-McEwen (22-5 overall, 15-1 in the Blue Mountain Conference) wrapped up its league slate Tuesday and, thanks to its first-place finish in league, gets a bye until the championship round of the BMC tournament to be held Saturday.
Despite facing the tallest front line they had seen this season, White said the TigerScots, also ranked No. 7 in the Class 2A ranks, were still able to execute.
“They didn’t prevent us from running our offense,” White said. “They did block us a lot, but I was pleased with how we got around the block at times. For the most part I thought we played very well. Just a couple small errors here and there — it was a step forward for us.”
Molly von Borstel led the way for the TigerScots with 11 kills and eight digs.
Taryn Coffman served up 19 assists, three blocks and 14 digs.
McKayla Carlin had 19 digs and was a perfect 14-of-14 from the service line with an ace.
Marlene Bodmer had four kills and two blocks; Keegan Shepard had two kills and two blocks; Melanie Sederberg had two kills; Madison Carlin had eight digs, Natalie Arnold had eight digs, and Melina Baker posted 4-of-4 serving.
Weston-McEwen faces either Heppner or Union Saturday at approximately 4 p.m.