Weston-McEwen toppled in BMC tourney championship

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STANFIELD, Ore. — Weston-McEwen fell to top-ranked Heppner in five sets in the championship round of the Blue Mountain Conference tournament Saturday, 21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-23 and 15-9.

The TigerScots, ranked No. 7 Oregon’s RPI system before the loss, will still advance to the state playoffs and find out who and where they will be playing Tuesday evening. Should the TigerScots stay ranked among the top eight teams in Class 2A, they will host the first round of the playoffs.

“We’re disappointed,” said W-M coach Shawn White, whose team lost just once in league play — a four-set affair with Heppner Oct. 20th. “We played hard, we played a lot better than we played last week.

“We’re close,” White said. “We’re really close; we thought they had them a couple times. But Heppner proved that right now they’re No. 1 in state. We’re going to keep working hard and hope we see them again in the playoffs.”

Weston-McEwen falls to 22-6 while the Mustangs improve to 25-6.

The BMC all-star teams were released Saturday as well, and five TigerScots earned spots.

Molly von Borstel split the player of the year award with Heppner’s Baily Bennett after tying Bennett in voting for the award.

Setter Taryn Coffman took first-team honors and McKayla Carlin, Keegan Shepard and Melanie Sederburg all landed on the second team.

Coffman finished the match with 21 digs and 36 assists. von Borstel smashed 17 kills and had 31 digs.

McKayla Carlin dug up 32 digs and added an ace, while Shepard had three kills and a block and Sederburg smashed eight kills and blocked one ball.

Lacey Kuehn had 9 digs and three kills; Marlene Bodmer seven kills and five blocks; Danni Dearing four aces; Maddie Carlin 14 digs, Melina Baker 15-for-15 from service and two aces; and Natalie Arnold 16 digs.

“I was tickled (with the all-star selections),” White said. “There are a lot of good players in our league, and for us to get five players on the all-star team, I was really happy with that.”

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