UNION, Ore. — Weston-McEwen got a taste of Blue Mountain Conference volleyball in a non-league setting here Tuesday night.
The TigerScots, the defending conference champions, scheduled the BMC-rival Bobcats in an extra non-league match because W-M coach Shawn White was looking for an additional tough opponent.
“It was a very competitive match,” White said after his TigerScots prevailed 28-26, 25-20, 25-18 to run their season record to 8-0. “We knew Union was going to be good and we wanted another tough match. We still have two league matches coming up.”
Before that, however, Weston-McEwen will entertain DeSales and Imbler in a non-league three-way affair Thursday night. Play commences at 4 p.m., with DeSales facing W-M in the first match followed by the Irish vs. Imbler and concluding with Weston-McEwen vs. Imbler.
Taryn Coffman was Weston-McEwen’s floor leader Tuesday with 35 assists, and she added two blocks. Molly von Borstel led at the net with 14 kills to go with 11 digs. Danni Dearing was 20-for-21 from the service line with a pair of aces, and Natalie Arnold led the way with 15 digs. Betsy West and Coffman posted two blocks each.
White also had high praise for Keegan Shepard, one of his middles, who finished the night with 11 kills.
“Keegan really battled well,” White said. “We list her at 5-foot-9 and that might be stretching it some, and Union has two middles that have three inches or more on us. But Keegan was excellent.”
Lacey Kuehn contributed three kills and three digs to the TigerScot stat line. West added six kills, Melanie Sederberg finished with six kills and a pair of aces and Madison Carlin added two digs.
Arnold, in addition to her team-leading digs total, was 17-for-18 serving with three aces. And Melina Baker was 7-for-8 from the service line.
“There was a lot of intensity and great rallies,” White said. “It was a very hot, very loud gym and a good, competitive match.
“Technically, we were not on top of our game all night,” White added. “But we were competitive, and it was good for us to battle through and still get the win in a tough situation.”