Weston-McEwen survives close matches with Irrigon, Grant Union

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IRRIGON — Weston-McEwen picked up couple of tough wins Saturday in a dual meet with Blue Mountain Conference foes Irrigon and Grant Union.

The TigerScots (11-3, 4-0 BMC) first defeated Grant Union in four sets, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21 and 26-24, before sweeping the hosts 25-23, 25-18 and 25-17.

“It was well contested,” W-M coach Shawn White said. “We had to play very hard. Both teams played well against us and Grant Union is a good team, so that’s a good win. It was just one of those days where we have to work really hard for our points.”

The TigerScots made multiple comebacks in both wins, something Weston-McEwen has not had to do often this year.

“I was very pleased with the toughness that they showed,” White said of his team. “The Grant Union game in particular, we really showed some toughness, I was really happy to see us develop that.”

Five different players had nine or more kills for Weston-McEwen, with Molly von Borstel crushing 30 kills and digging up 43 balls to lead the way.

Keegan Shepard scored 17 kills and three blocks in the victory. Marlene Bodmer picked up 11 kills and dominated at the net with nine blocks.

Melanie Sederberg had nine kills and six blocks. Lacey Kuehn broke out with 11 kills and 12 digs.

Taryn Coffman set up 70 kills on the night.

McKayla Carlin had 26 digs and scored six aces on 35-for-35 serving. Danni Dearing had an ace on 38-for-38 serving with 21 digs. Melina Baker was 19-for-19 at the line and Natalie Arnold scored a pair of aces.

“In these tough matches they have to learn to be consistent passing the ball,” White said. “I thought we made some real strides today and I was real happy for the kids.”

Weston-McEwen visits Enterprise Thursday.

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