BOARDMAN - The Riverside Pirates had few problems dispensing the Mac-Hi Pioneers volleyball team Thursday.

Jessica Burns dominated the floor, leading the Pirates to their first Greater Oregon League victory of the season 25-17, 25-3, 25-20.

"Jessica played a great match," Riverside first-year head coach Donna Barton said. "I thought the entire team played well."

Mac-Hi (0-2 GOL) was clearly undersized, struggled at the service line and in serve-receive.

"Serve-receive is everything, and we were able to get it done," Barton said. "I think they might have been a little frustrated."

Burns accounted for eight points in the first game, including three of her team-high nine kills.

"She served well and kind of got us going," Barton said of Burns.

Mac-Hi tied the first game at 7 early, but Riverside pulled away by taking advantage of several Pioneers errors down the stretch. Roxy Sirucek ended the game with a kill and won the momentum over for the Pirates.

Hannah Close helped Riverside jump to a 5-0 start in the second contest with a kill to open the game and an ace on the next serve. Tess Haertling took over at the service line with an 8-2 edge and helped Riverside explode to a 19-3 lead.

"We've been working with Tess at the service line, and she showed improvement," Barton said.

Burns, who was 16 of 17 at the service line, served six straight service winners to close the second game.

Riverside (1-1 GOL) trailed 11-10 in the third game thanks in large part to several solid plays around the net by Shalee Potts and Kaila Rodighiero. Angie Hinton added a kill for Mac-Hi several plays later to keep the Pioneers ahead 13-12.

But it was Burns, who had two kills down the stretch run and an Aubbree Padilla kill that led to the Pirates' victory in the third game.

"Everybody did a lot of good things and it was a fun match," Barton said. "We keep battling and improving with each match."

Close finished with six kills, and Padilla and Suzzi Sherman each had four kills.

Riverside welcomes Union at 2 p.m. Saturday for a nonleague match. Mac-Hi takes a week to prepare for a GOL match with La Grande at 6 p.m. Sept. 30.


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