W-P takes consolation prize at own tourney

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WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott claimed the consolation bracket championship in its annual volleyball invitational that went down Saturday at both Waitsburg and Prescott High Schools.

W-P beat DeSales, 25-10, 25-22, lost to the Wa-Hi junior varsity, 25-21, 25-16, lost to Mac-Hi, 25-23, 25-23, downed Touchet, 25-20, 16-25, 15-13, and toppled the Colfax J.V. for the consolation title, 27-25, 25-21.

Waitsburg-Prescott is 4-3 overall.

In the title match, St. John-Endicott beat Dayton.

Stat leaders on the day for W-P were Rhiannon Chapman (15 kills, 34 digs, nine serving aces), Krystal Harris (40 assists, 23 kills, 42 digs, 13 serving aces), Adriana Benito (20 digs), Samantha Fedderson (24 kills, 38 digs, five blocks, six serving aces), and Stacia Deal (15 digs).

“Overall, we played pretty well,” W-P coach Angie Potts said. “We made a few position changes to improve some defensive challenges we had earlier in the week and the girls responded really well. We had a few moments that we let down and the close sets got away from us.”

W-P plays at Walla Walla Valley Academy on Thursday.

Mac-Hi finishes 2-2 at Waitsburg-Prescott invite

WAITSBURG — Mac-Hi finished 2-2 Saturday during the Waitsburg-Prescott Invitational volleyball tournament that unfolded at both the Waitsburg and Prescott High School gymnasiums.

The Pioneers went 2-1 in pool play. They bowed to the Wa-Hi junior varsity, 25-22, 25-12 before defeating DeSales, 20-25, 25-20, 15-7, and host Waitsburg-Prescott, 25-23, 25-23.

In the semifinals, Mac-Hi lost to St. John-Endicott, 25-20, 25-20.

The Pioneers’ Meghan Reed served 12-for-14 with eight aces in the St. John’s match. Mackenzie Fite was 8-for-8.

Avery Wells had four kills for Mac-Hi. Reed and Cheyenne Kessler slammed two kills apiece.

Kessler contributed six digs and Destiny Kilburg had five for Mac-Hi.

The Pioneers are now 2-3 for the season.

“After the Wa-Hi match, we played well together,” Mac-Hi coach Kaila Rodighiero said. “We had steady intensity throughout the rest of the tournament. It was nice to see it come together.”

Mac-Hi’s next match is a Greater Oregon League counter at Ontario on Saturday.

Weston-McEwen storms past Union, Stanfield at dual meet

UNION, Ore. — Weston-McEwen stormed the Union gym Saturday beating host Union and visiting Stanfield in straight sets during a Blue Mountain Conference dual volleyball meet.

W-M defeated Stanfield 25-12, 25-14, and 25-20.

Union provided stiffer competition, but the TigerScots pulled out 27-25, 25-23 and 25-17 victories..

In a first game that saw 18 lead changes, W-M finally caught up to Union at 24 before posting a win. In game two, the TigerScots trailed 17-11 before eventually triumphing.

“We’ve been having to work hard against good teams,” W-M coach Shawn White said. “To get the wins on the road in Union is great, and to win straight games is outstanding.”

Taryn Coffman set up W-M for 62 assists and slammed seven blocks. Molly von Borstel spiked 34 kills, returned 38 digs and was 30-30 serving.

Lacey Kuehn and Keegan Sheperd contributed 16 and 10 kills, respectively.

Melanie Sederburg had seven kills and a team-leading nine blocks.

Melina Baker was 14-16 serving with two aces while Natalie Arnold 14-14 with one ace.

W-M hosts Dayton for a non-league match Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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