W-M opens BMC play with wins in duel

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ATHENA — Weston-McEwen opened Blue Mountain Conference volleyball action here Saturday with a pair of wins over Grant Union and Irrigon.

But the TigerScots began by dropping their first set to Grant Union 26-24.

“We didn’t get the engine started until midway through the second set,” TigerScot coach Shawn White said. “We finally got going in a forward direction.”

The TigerScots did not lose a set the rest of the day as they put Grant Union away 25-13, 25-13, and 25-9.

In the second BMC match of the day, W-M took a straight-sets win over Irrigon, 25-10, 25-5, 25-13.

Against Grant Union, Taryn Coffman handed out 30 assists and had five blocks at the net. Molly von Borstel led the hitters with 18 kills and chipped up 16 digs. Betsy West helped the TigerScot net defense with four blocks. Serving specialists Danni Dearing and Natalie Arnold continued their excellent work at the serving line. Dearing was a perfect 30-for-30, and Arnold was 27-of-29 with six serving aces. On defense, Arnold and Dearing dug up a combined 30 balls.

In the 3-0 sweep of Irrigon, von Borstel led the hitters with 13 kills, with Keegan Shepard contributing nine, and Melanie Sederburg adding seven kills to the TigerScot attack. Coffman set up 27 assists.

Dearing, with 15-of-15, and Arnold, with 14-of-16 and five aces, led the TigerScots at the service line.

Weston-McEwen (2-0 BMC, 12-1 overall) play at Walla Walla Valley Academy Tuesday at 5 p.m. and return to BMC play Thursday against Enterprise.

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