The Hermiston Bulldogs are on a three-match win streak after handing visiting Kennewick a Mid-Columbia Conference loss Thursday.
Ireland McDonough had 12 kills, six digs and four aces to lead the Bulldogs (2-2 MCC) to a 25-22, 25-20, 25-19 victory over the Lions (1-2).
“It feels pretty good,” Hermiston coach Amy Dyck said. “We served really tough tonight. We had 15 aces and just eight errors. We served well and took them out of their system and they couldn’t run their fast offense that they like.”
Kendall Dowdy added six aces and 15 digs, while Haylee Hamilton had 10 digs, Daisy Maddox seven kills, two blocks and four digs, Courtnee West 10 assists and seven digs, and Sophia Streeter three blocks.
“They played with a confidence they haven’t had for a while,” Dyck said. “Tonight, it lit a little bit of a spark in them.”
Hermiston will be at the SunDome Classic on Saturday in Yakima.
WESTON-MCEWEN 3, PILOT ROCK 1 — Although they lost the first set to Pilot Rock 25-20, the TigerScots weren’t going down without a fight.
Weston-McEwen claimed the next three sets for the win, 25-19, 25-16, and 25-18.
“There was a lot of emotion with our first league game,” said TigerScots coach Shawn White. “It wasn’t our best performance, but we competed. Pilot Rock is a great team.”
Carrie Hazen lead the team, serving 17-17 with three aces, and Trinity Hearn served 8-9, also with three aces.
Bryce Thul had ten assists and ten kills, and Ellie Scheibner had nine assists and two kills. Hailey Weaver scored four kills, Tyree Burke had two kills and seven aces, Keree Graves had nine digs and scored three kills, and Jesse Manning finished strong with 11 digs, five kills, and three aces.
Weston-McEwen is now 14-2 overall and 1-0 for the league, and they’ll host Union next Thursday. Pilot Rock is 6-5 overall and 0-1 for the league, and will host Stanfield next Tuesday.
UNION 3, STANFIELD 0 — Stanfield’s third non-league loss was against Union on Thursday, who beat them in three sets: 25-20, 25-23, and a crushing third set score of 25-4.
Stanfield is now 8-3 and travels to Boardman on Saturday to compete in the Riverside Tourney. Union is 7-2 and will compete in Saturday’s Oktoberfest Tournament at Kennedy High School.
DUFUR 3, IONE 1 — Ione lost in four sets during their away game against Dufur Thursday night.
Dufur came out the gate strong with a 25-8 first-set win, but Ione managed a comeback during the second set, securing their night’s only lead, 26-24. Dufur came back in full force took the final two sets 25-10 and 25-15.
Ione is 2-11 overall and 0-4 for the league. They will travel to Spray on Tuesday.
RIVERSIDE 3, UMATILLA 2 — Umatilla lost their first league game of the season, falling to the Riverside Pirates.
Winning the first set 25-22, they faltered in the second, losing 25-18. Although they managed to pull out another win for the third set 25-22, sets four and five went to the Pirates, 25-16 and 15-10.
Umatilla stands with a 0-10 record as they travel to Irrigon (5-3) next Thursday.
SHERMAN 3, ECHO 1 — Echo took the first set 25-16, but it wasn’t enough to secure the game.
Sherman won the following three sets 25-20. 25-19, and 25-23.
Echo is 7-4 overall and 2-1 for the league. They will travel to Condon High School on Friday.
Westside Christian at Umatilla boys’ soccer score for Thursday night was not reported by press time.
Kennewick 2, Hermiston 1 — The Bulldogs fell to 0-5 in Mid-Columbia Conference play with a home loss to the Lions (2-2).
Lana Torres scored for the Bulldogs, while Lanie Gomez had six saves.
“We were down two starters to start with, then Lana got hurt,” Hermiston coach Freddy Guizar said. “Once we lost Lana, we didn’t have anyone to cover her spot (midfielder). We had to put in a player who had really never played there before.”
Trinity Demand and Kirren Gay scored goals for Kennewick, while Myrthe Suijkerbuijk had a diving save in the second half to keep the Lions out front.
UMATILLA 2, WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN 0 — The Lady Vikings scored their first win of the season Thursday night against Tigard’s Westside Christian.
After three consecutive shutouts, Umatilla finally managed one of their own, defeating their opponent 2-0.
The team is now 1-3 overall, and will host La Grande (4-0) next Tuesday.