UMATILLA - Umatilla fell to Weston-McEwen early, but rallied to beat Pilot Rock, earning a Columbia Basin Conference split Saturday.
Weston-McEwen handled Umatilla 25-17, 25-16, 25-7, but the Vikings turned it around against the Rockets with a 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 victory.
"We played a little bit more stable ball with Pilot Rock," Umatilla coach Blythe Wardwell said. "With Weston-McEwen, we were a little bit more up and down."
Wardwell said that her team was frustrated during the Weston-McEwen match, which led to some costly errors.
"I'm not trying to take away from their win, but they got a lot of points from us," she said.
Darcy Thompson led the way for the TigerScots with 16 assists and went 8 of 8 serving. Kayla Paredes and Jordan Alford recorded 16 kills in the victory.
"The serving was strong and we only missed one serve in the whole match," said Weston-McEwen coach Shawn White. "Our ability to pass the ball to the setter was key, and we have a number of hitters that have big swings and wore down the other team with our power."
Umatilla's Austin Harvey led the Vikings with 12 kills and 11 assists. Katie Henry contributed seven kills and six blocks while Daniela Campos added six blocks.
Weston-McEwen also beat Pilot Rock 25-16, 25-17, 25-10.
Weston-McEwen's Susanna Bonifer was a perfect 16 of 16 from behind the service line and recorded 17 assists along with three kills.
Kayla Johnson had 11 digs, four kills and three serving aces.
"Tasha Flory did a great job passing the ball and setting up the hitters (Saturday)," White said. "We made them earn every point because of our serving, and the girls are starting to learn to serve some pretty good floaters."
Heppner opens CBC play 0-2
HEPPNER - Heppner was faced with a stern challenge Saturday after dropping the first of it's two Columbia Basin Conference volleyball matches.
Culver handed the Mustangs a 12-25, 25-17, 11-25, 25-23, 15-11 loss in Heppner's first match and had to play Sherman in the nightcap.
Sherman, which finished second in the Class 2A state tournament last year, took advantage of a tired Heppner squad for a 25-9, 25-17, 25-14 victory.
"I think the girls were disappointed to work so hard and not get the win in the first match, and we were a little drained against Sherman," Heppner head coach Terri Gentry said.
Linsey Mitchell kept the Mustangs in the match with Culver, serving for 26 points in the match along with six aces.
"There were some great rallies in that Culver match," Gentry said. "The girls showed a lot of heart and never let down."
Shanna Rietmann led the Mustangs with kills according to Gentry and was praised for her efforts around the net.
"Sherman is a good team that has a shot of being first in league," Gentry said.
Stanfield finished the day with two losses to Sherman and Culver.
The Tigers lost their first match to Sherman 25-11, 25-19, 25-19.
"We did pretty well," Stanfield coach Misty Ducre said. "We had six missed serves that hurt us very much, and its hard to get the momentum back after that."
Stanfield's second loss came at the hands of the Culver Bulldogs, 25-12, 25-23, 25-18.
Stanfield's Ellery Ena recorded seven kills on the match.
"I think its going be hard and everyone needs to do a little adjusting to the tournament days this year," Ducre said.