PENDLETON — Kasen Heinrich scored Pendleton’s lone goal as the Bucks opened Greater Oregon League play with a 4-1 loss on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to Ontario.
“Our preseason has been a little rocky, but we are improving with each game and we have lots of reasons to be optimistic,” Pendleton coach Kevin Johnson said.
The Bucks (0-7 overall, 0-1 GOL) will play a nonleague game Thursday at Lewiston, Idaho.
MCLOUGHLIN 2, ECHO/STANFIELD 0 — Kaedynce Herndon and Madi Perkins scored goals as the Pioneers handed the visiting Cougars a Special District 5 loss.
“We had 26 shots on goal and a lot of them could have been goals, but their keeper stopped them or we were just a bit shy,” Mac-Hi coach Martin Martinez said. “We played down to their level the first half, then made some adjustments in the second half and that’s where the goals came from.”
ONTARIO 4, PENDLETON 3 — The Bucks saw their 2-1 lead at the half melt away in the second as they dropped their Greater Oregon League opener on the road to the Tigers.
“It was a strong, amazing, competitive game,” Pendleton coach Murilo Varela said. “Both teams played their hearts out. Unfortunately, a couple of mistakes gave the game away.”
Alison Spratling scored 6 minutes into the game, and Maria Alvarez-Barroso gave the Bucks a 2-1 lead at the 30-minute mark.
The Tigers evened the score 5 minutes into the second half, and Hadley Brown gave the Bucks a 3-2 lead 15 minutes later.
The Tigers would score the final two goals for the win.
SOUTHRIDGE 5, HERMISTON 0 — The Bulldogs failed to find the net as the visiting Suns picked up a Mid-Columbia Conference at Kennison Field.
“Southridge was well organized and came out strong,” Hermiston coach Omar Medina said. “We had some strong play down the wings, but continued to struggle to find the goal. We’re continuing to work hard and we will be ready for Walla Walla on Thursday.”
Hermiston keeper Karina Olvera finished with 11 saves.
PENDLETON 3, CLARKSTON (WA) 1 — Avery Krigbaum had 12 bills and four blocks to help the Bucks to a 25-22, 25-23, 17-25, 25-14 home win over the Bantams.
Keirsen Spencer added nine digs and four blocks for the Bucks (3-4), while Kendall Murphy had seven aces and Josie Jenness 33 assists.
“Keirsen played all the way around,” Pendleton coach Chelsie Speer said. “She had a great night for us. Her instincts for the game are incredible. It was a great night for us. A lot of improvement for us in the last week, but we have set the bar high and plan to keep on improving and not get complacent.”
HERMISTON 3, PASCO 1 — Hermiston picked up a Mid-Columbia Conference road win with a 25-18, 25-13, 13-25, 26-24 victory over Pasco.
WALLA WALLA VALLEY ACADEMY 3, WESTON-MCEWEN 2 — Genna Robinson had 15 kills and seven blocks, but the TigerScots (8-4) still fell short on the road 19-25, 25-10, 25-23, 22-25, 15-10 against the Knights.
“We played a tough WWVA team tonight,” W-M coach Shawn White said. “We are continuing to improve, but still need to develop consistency. It was a great match tonight and will give us a chance to improve.”
Addie Perkins handed out 19 assists, while Kylie Thornton had 16 assists, nine digs, five kills and three aces, Lily Lindsey had 26 digs, seven kills and four kills, Luna Dennett had 10 kills and four blocks, and Lirian Holden had 16 digs.
PILOT ROCK 3, GRISWOLD 0 — The Rockets improved to 2-1 in Old Oregon League play with a 25-16, 25-10, 26-24 home win over the Grizzlies.
“The girls have been working hard in practice and it is showing in matches, PR coach Jen Porter said. “We are starting to play to our potential. I have some talented athletes. They are playing as a team and getting better each week. I am very proud of them.”
Paedyn Bennett had five kills and five aces for the Rockets, while Aiva Ellis chipped in four kills, Jaxynn Thurmond 12 digs, Ali Smith 11 digs, and Teagan Thornton had four aces and eight assists.
ECHO 3, NIXYAAWII 0 — McKenzie Hendrix and Nevaeh Thew each had eight kills as the host Cougars handed the Golden Eagles a 25-15, 25-18, 25-16 Old Oregon League loss.
“McKenzie stepped up big tonight,” said Echo coach Des Thew, whose team is 4-0 in the OOL. “As a team, they played well enough to win. These girls are phenomenal volleyball players. When they start believing that and playing to their potential, they are going to be hard to beat.”
Lily Wallis added 14 assists and four aces, while Haley Holman had 14 digs.
IRRIGON 3, MCLOUGHLIN 0 — Esmeralda De Loera had seven kills, five aces and three assists to lead the Knights to a 25-3, 25-15, 25-15 nonleague home win over the Pioneers.
Jolene Harrison added three kills and five aces, while Leah Mueller had eight aces and 12 assists, Melissa Leon five kills and three aces, and Nia Seastone five kills and two aces.
IONE/ARLINGTON 3, BICKLETON 1 — Victoria De La Torre had 10 kills, and Jolene Serrano added eight as the host Cardinals beat the Pirates 25-4, 25-12, 19-25, 25-18 in Big Sky League play Monday night.
“My starting middle went down in warmups, so we had to make a change on the fly,” I/A coach Dawn Eynetich said. “Victoria stepped up and filled the role very well. We have a tendency to not play our game the entire time. We are working on consistency in our play.”