PENDLETON - The Pendleton Buckaroo volleyball team started slow and ended up splitting a pair of Intermountain Conference matches at home Friday against Mountain View and Summit.
The Bucks won the evening matchup with Summit 25-21, 27-25, 25-19 after falling to Mountain View 25-10, 25-12 and 25-18 earlier in the day.
"We didn't go into today looking for a split," Pendleton coach Dave Baty said. "Mountain View is solid, and they did all the little things right (Friday).
Individual statistics were not provided to the East Oregonian by the Pendleton coaching staff.
"The girls showed a lot of heart in the second match," Baty said. "I thought we would come out and played liked we practiced last week. We acted like we didn't even show up in the first match."
On Tuesday, Pendleton (4-2 IMC, 4-4) travels to Hermiston for an IMC matchup.
Hermiston earns a split
HERMISTON - Hermiston entertained a couple of Central Oregon schools Friday and walked away with an Intermountain Conference split.
The Bulldogs (3-3 IMC, 3-4) easily dispatched the Summit Storm in three sets, 25-18, 25-23, 25-14. They were led by Caitlen Cozad with 14 kills and four blocks.
"We let down a little in the second game and got a little complacent," Bulldogs coach Kay Edwards said. "We played very strong in the third and played our game."
Priscilla Ena had 23 assists and six kills in the match while Kelsey Herman added three aces and Mykael Bothum had three aces.
In the second match, the Bulldogs pushed the Mountain View Cougars to five sets before falling 26-24, 20-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-7.
"It was a great match against a very good team," Edwards said. "We played very well and kept ourselves in a position to win."
Cozad again led the Bulldogs with 14 kills and five blocks. Ena added 22 assists and seven kills, while Bothum had five aces and a team-leading 23 digs.