DUFUR Serving and defense will be the keys to another successful season for the Weston-McEwen volleyball team, a point driven home on the clubs first outing of the season.
The TigerScots struggled from the service line and fell in their season opener at Dufur in three sets, 25-22, 25-20, 25-14.
But Weston-McEwen bounced back with 23 total aces to defeat Ione in the next game by scores of 25-10, 25-19, 25-16.
We didnt serve well against Dufur and that was the difference, said coach Shawn White. We had a lot of unforced errors and a lot of it was due to inexperience.
The TigerScots settled down against Ione, though, and were led by Lacey Kuehn, Sarah Finifrock and Sara von Borstel with five aces apiece.
Keegan Shepard and Madison Carlin each added four aces to the tally.
Ali Schroeder led them with 22 assists with Shepard (eight kills), Von Borstel (seven kills) and Kayla Peterson (six kills) leading the attack.
Shepard and Mati Aby had five kills each to lead the TigerScots (1-1) against Dufur.
Ione also played Dufur but scores were not reported by press time.
Weston-McEwen will play in the Pendleton jamboree today before heading to the Grant Union Invitational on Saturday.
PILOT ROCK 3, MAC-HI 2 At Milton-Freewater, things werent looking too good for the Pilot Rock volleyball team in its season opener on Thursday.
After falling a pair of nail biters 25-23 and 26-24, the Rockets got the boost they were looking for from senior Bailey Weinke when she scored 12 straight points at the service line (six on aces) to shift the momentum of the match.
Pilot Rock went on to win 25-7 and took the next three sets 25-18 and 15-6.
They fought back. They were down and out and they fought back and pulled together as a team, said Rockets coach Elainna Howland. It was kind of a momentum swing and they just, emotionally, really held it together and it just lifted them through the next two sets.
Weinke finished the match with eight aces while Rhyanne Oates had five. Bekah Roe (eight kills) and Jacey Wilson (six kills) led the attack at the net.
Statistics were not reported for Mac-Hi.
Pilot Rock will appear at the Pendleton jamboree today, then the Grant Union Invitational on Saturday.
RIVERSIDE 3, IRRIGON 0 At Irrigon, the Riverside Pirates opened their season with a straight-set victory on Thursday in a non-league tilt.
Final scores and statistics were not reported by press time.
HERMISTON 1, UMATILLA 1 At Hermiston, neither Hermiston or Umatilla girls soccer could gain separation in their season openers, finishing with a 1-1 tie at Hermiston High on Thursday night.
After a scoreless first half, each side managed a goal in the second. Umatillas Celeste Rodriguez found the net first, scoring in the 54th to give the Vikings the advantage.
But varsity newcomer Tyra Carter had the equalizer for Hermiston in the 70th. The junior forward gained control of a deflection in the box, and pushed it past Viking goalkeeper Annabel Moreno.
It just happened, Hermiston coach Danielle Turner said of Carters goal. It wasnt a setup thing. It kind of caught me off guard, honestly.
Hermiston hosts Forest Grove Tuesday at 4 p.m.
LEWISTON (ID) 3, PENDLETON 1 At Lewiston, Idaho, the Pendleton Buckaroos were unable to net the equalizer after taking Lewiston into halftime with a 2-1 score.
The host team added its third goal just before the end of regulation, said head coach Rob Hillmick.
The boys played well. Theres some things we need to work on but Im proud of them and we can definitely build on this, he said.
Evan Brandhagen scored in the 20th minute for Pendleton (0-1) and goal keeper Grant Bannister finished the game with 17 saves.
The Bucks will see Lewiston again on Saturday when they host the Bengals for another non-league game at noon.
HERMISTON 3, UMATILLA 0 At Hermiston, Armando Contreras scored Hermistons first two goals and the Bulldogs wore down a short-handed Umatilla squad on Thursday in both teams season opener.
Contreras found the back of the net in the 29th and 46th minutes, and Javier Gonzalez put a punctuation mark on the win with his goal in the 76th.
Umatilla was without top returning attacker Miguel Santiago, and coach Pedro Ortiz said several of his players are still working summer jobs and wont be out for the squad until school starts.
Hermiston coach Rich Harshberger said he was pleased with teams tempo, but will be working with them on making quicker passes and getting more shots on target before Saturdays game at La Grande.