HOOD RIVER — The Pendleton Buckaroos volleyball team showed they may be the team to beat in the Columbia River Conference this season, as they swept defending champion Hood River Valley 3-0 on Tuesday night to begin CRC play.
The Buckaroos (5-0, 1-0 CRC) won all three sets by a 25-22 score over the Eagles (2-3, 0-1) and Rylee Gentner was credited with seven kills and Kalan McGlothan had six to lead the team. Lauren Richards also was a team leader with 12 assists.
“It was a high-intensity match tonight,” Pendleton coach Amanda Lapp said. “We saw a lot of grit from our girls and then made things happen when it counted most.”
Pendleton now has a week off until its next game on Tuesday at home against The Dalles at 6:30 p.m.
WESTON-MCEWEN 3, WALLA WALLA VALLEY ACADEMY 1 — At Walla Walla, the TigerScots battled hard on the road and came home with a solid four-set win, beating Walla Walla Valley Academy 3-1 on Tuesday.
Alyssa Finifrock was a standout for the TigerScots (10-4), registering a team-high eight kills as well as a 23 of 25 serving mark with 12 aces. Also turning in solid games were Eli Schiedner with 14 assists and six digs, Maddi Muilenburg with seven kills and six digs, Chelsea Quaempts with 12 digs and two aces, and Jesse Manning with six kills and three digs.
“A really good win against a really good team at their place,” Weston-McEwen coach Shawn White said. “We did a better job of executing ... we had some mistakes but other than one short part of second set, we didn’t give up many errors in a row. Just a better job of managing ourselves and being consistent.”
Weston-McEwen next travels to Imbler to face the Panthers and Baker for a dual-match on Thursday afternoon.
JOSEPH 3, HELIX 2 — At Helix, the Grizzlies began Greater Oregon League play with a hard-fought loss to Joseph on Tuesday night.
Helix (8-4, 0-1 GOL) started the match with an easy win 25-15 in the first set, but then Joseph took the next two 25-23, 25-22. The Grizzlies then won the fourth set 25-22, but the Eagles finished off the win 15-9 in the fifth set.
“I don’t know if we got a little over-confident after the first set where we did really well,” Helix coach Dianna Melton said. “Then we just battled. They worked super hard but we couldn’t get caught up.
“Not how we wanted to start off league, but we’ll get another chance.”
Arianna Krol led Helix with 11 kills and Kailey Mize led the team in serving. Melton also pointed out Sadie Wilson as a big contributor, saying “she was phenomenal, she was all over the court and always gives it 110 percent.”
Helix next plays on Tuesday at Powder Valley at 5 p.m.
LA GRANDE 8, PENDLETON 0 — At La Grande, the Buckaroos got back on the field for game action after a 13 day layoff on Tuesday and some rust showed through as Pendleton was shut out 8-0 by the La Grande Tigers.
“Ironically we played one of the better possession games in recent memory,” Pendleton coach Jeremy Talbot said. “But we struggled to make composed plays when we were in position to shoot the ball. We had as many chances to score as La Grande, but we failed to capitalize on those opportunities while (La Grande) wasted very few.”
Pendleton (0-3) will next play on Tuesday when it hosts Mac-Hi for a 6 p.m. start.
MAC-HI 3, COLLEGE PLACE (WA) 0 — At Milton-Freewater, the Mac-Hi Pioneers defeated College Place 25-17, 25-18 and 25-13 on Monday night for their second win of the season.
“The girls played so great tonight,” Mac-Hi coach Amanda Nelson said. “They really came together and pushed through to the finish. I was really proud of them and what they accomplished tonight.”
Britany Wells led Mac-Hi (2-4) with seven kills and nine digs, while Jadie Jackson led with nine aces. Jackson and Anney Banek each added three kills as well.