CONDON — After a tough loss at South Wasco County just the day prior, the Big Sky League’s top-ranked Echo Cougars were back in fine form Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars handed the Blue Devils a swift three-set loss of 25-7, 25-17, 25-8.
“They played a lot better today than they did last night against South Wasco,” Echo coach Janice Scott said. “They were so amped up going up against (South Wasco). They thought they were ready for the game and when things didn’t go their way, they got frustrated, and it affected the game. Today, they played more in-system than they have all year. They were effective in their executions.”
Senior middle blocker Tylene Skillman led the offense with 12 kills, and freshman outside hitter Elliot Glen added six. Sophomore setter Faith McCarty and freshman setter Lillian Wallis each had 13 assists, and McCarty was 24 of 25 at the service line with 14 aces.
Echo (13-6, 7-1 BSL) welcomes Mitchell/Spray for its homecoming match at 5 p.m. on Friday.
ROCKETS FALL TO GU and ENTERPRISE — The Grant Union Prospectors hosted their 11th annual Dig Pink Rally Saturday, sweeping Pilot Rock and Enterprise in John Day.
Dig Pink raises awareness of breast cancer and fundraising proceeds benefit local residents through the Blue Mountain Healthcare Foundation Mammography Fund.
The atmosphere was festive with pink flamingos on the school’s front lawn and pink, red and white balloons and decorations at every corner of the foyer and gym, but when it came to the games, it was all business for the Blue Mountain Conference opponents.
Grant Union swept Pilot Rock 25-20, 25-9, 25-11. The Rockets (2-15 overall, 0-6 BMC) dropped their match to Enterprise 25-18, 25-9, 25-16.
BURNS 3, UMATILLA 0 — The Vikings still are without a win after Saturday’s Eastern Oregon League match at Burns.
The No. 2-ranked Hilanders took down Umatilla 25-14, 25-12, 25-7.
Up next, Umatilla (0-15, 0-6 EOL) will play a nonleague match Thursday at Mac-Hi. Game time is at 6:30 p.m.
RIVERSIDE DROPS WEEKEND DOUBLEHEADER — Now on a three-match skid, the Pirates dropped all six sets of their Saturday doubleheader.
Riverside lost the first match of the day to Nyssa, 25-20, 25-10, 25-12. The Eastern Oregon League’s top-ranked Vale Vikings then took down the Pirates 25-20, 25-12, 25-13 later in the day.
Riverside (4-14, 2-4 EOL) will host Irrigon on Tuesday.
MAC-HI 3, BAKER/POWDER VALLEY 1 — After two straight shutouts, the Mac-Hi boys posted a Greater Oregon League win against the visiting Baker Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.
Junior forward Kael Castruita scored the first goal of the match in the first half before Baker responded to tie the score at 1-1.
Freshman Brayan Flores broke the tie, and senior Carlos Martinez notched the final goal of the match with a corner kick.
“We had some guys that were really trying, and others were not,” Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia said. “When you have a team that isn’t trying equally, it makes it really difficult. Eventually, the guys working so hard make mistakes and get tired from covering. Hopefully, we can figure this out and everyone can play at the same level.”
The Pioneers (5-5-1, 1-2 GOL) travel to Ontario on Saturday.
BAKER/POWDER VALLEY 1, MAC-HI 0 — One goal was all it took to keep the Pioneers down on their home field Saturday.
The visiting Bulldogs scored in the opening 20 minutes. Senior Jacky Hernandez had a shot on goal in the first 20 seconds of the second half, but could not connect with the net. Freshman Giselle Ruiz had four shots on goal, and Rosie Velasco three, but Baker’s defense stayed strong.
“Baker has a really young team, but we just played down to their level,” McLoughlin coach Martin Martinez said. “We played well, but just could not find the back of the net.”
Mac-Hi (1-6-1, 0-3) travels to Ontario on Saturday.