After an “intense” road battle against The Dalles, the Lady Bucks managed a win after five close sets on Tuesday night.
Pendleton may have lost the first set 25-20, but came back to claim the following two, 25-20 and 25-13. The Dalles managed to edge them out after a particularly tight fourth set 27-25, but Pendleton pulled through in set five to win the game, 15-10.
“We had a slow start in the first set, but found some heat toward the end of it,” said Bucks coach Amanda Lapp. “We picked up our offense tempo, which proved to really work for us. We’re seeing great improvement with our defense throughout this season.”
Elisabeth House lead the team with 16 kills and five digs. Aspen Garton put in 14 kills and one dig, Zoe Jones had two aces, one kill, and one dig, Kirah McGlothan had eight digs, and Elli Nirschl finished with two aces, four kills, and nine digs.
Pendleton (5-10, 4-3) will host Hood River Valley (14-4, 4-2) next Tuesday.
RICHLAND 3, HERMISTON 0 — Hermiston fell to Richland and took home a road loss on Tuesday night.
The loss came in three sets, 25-13, 25-11, and 25-19.
Halee Stubbs lead the Lady Bulldogs with 12 digs and two aces. Emma Combes recorded eight digs, Sophia Streeter had four kills, two blocks, and six digs, Daisy Maddox had six kills, and Kendall Dowdy put in 10 assists and five digs.
Hermiston (4-10, 3-8) will travel to Kennewick (2-10, 2-7) on Thursday.
ECHO 3, SHERMAN 1 — Echo recorded their 18th win of the season when they defeated Sherman at home after a four-set game.
The Lady Cougars took the first two sets after close competition, 25-23 and 25-22, before losing the third 25-22. They came back in the fourth set to win the match, 25-22.
Echo (18-6, 8-2) will travel to Mitchell/Spray to compete in their season’s last league game on Saturday before the playoffs.
STANFIELD 3, HELIX 0 — After suffering seven consecutive losses, Stanfield’s Tuesday night nonleague home game resulted in a three-set victory against Helix (8-12, 5-5).
The first set was the easiest for the Tigers, winning 25-12. Helix stepped up their game in the following two, but it wasn’t enough to recover. Stanfield took sets two and three 25-21 and 25-20.
Helix played with a new rotation after starting outside hitter Kyla Harper was injured during last weekend’s match at Wallowa.
“We looked good at times, but ultimately made too many hitting errors,” said Grizzlies coach Daniel Headley. “We will look to clean it up during practice.”
Stanfield (12-13, 1-9) travels to Enterprise on Thursday, where they’ll compete for their league’s first win. Meanwhile, Helix hosts Powder Valley on Saturday.
IRRIGON 3, UMATILLA 0 — Irrigon took home a win after traveling to Umatilla on Thursday, defeating the Vikings in three sets, 25-12, 25-12, and 25-13.
“The girls played well,” said Knights coach Vanessa Pacheco. “We got some good hits and our serves were over.”
Irrigon (10-6, 4-2) will hit the road for the second time this week when they travel to Burns on Friday, and Umatilla, still looking for their first win, will travel to Vale.
LA GRANDE 3, MAC-HI 0 — Mac-Hi’s Tuesday home game resulted in a loss in three sets to La Grande, 25-10, 25-10, and a big third set comeback of 25-21.
Anney Banek had 61 assists, and Abby Richwine, Jadie Jackson, and Britney Wells recorded three kills each.
“The girls played really hard in the third game, and almost took it,” said coach Lucy Deal.
The Lady Pioneers (4-10, 1-3) will play their last game of the season when they host Baker next Tuesday.
DUFUR 3, IONE 0 — Ione lost at home against Dufur in three quick sets, 25-16, 25-14, and 25-15.
The Cardinals were on the verge of a second-set comeback, but suffered a crippling blow when starting setter Eva Martin sprained her ankle. Hailey Heideman was sent in to replace her.
“Hailey did great,” said Ione coach Becky Wagenblast. “Tonight was a real team effort. The girls were playing in different positions and really stepped it up.”
Serenity Rodriguez had five kills, four aces, and three digs, and Grace Ogden finished the match with five kills, nine aces, and two blocks.
Ione (4-15, 2-8) will host Mitchell/Spray on Thursday.
RICHLAND 10, HERMISTON 2 — Although they were coming off their season’s first win against Pasco last week, Hermiston couldn’t keep their momentum going and lost to Richland on Tuesday night.
They’re now 1-13 overall and 1-11 for the district, and will travel to Kennewick (5-6, 4-6) on Thursday.