ATHENA - The Weston-McEwen TigerScots swept through its own volleyball tournament Saturday, knocking off Union for the championship.
The TigerScots knocked off La Grande junior varsity 25-7, 25-12, Wallowa 25-6, 25-15 and Union 25-7, 20-25, 15-9.
The tournament was a best of three games bracket tournament that included Pilot Rock, Stanfield, Sherman and Joseph.
"We played for the third day in a row and I was pleased with how the girls played," said Weston-McEwen head coach Shawn White.
Kayla Paredes had six kills and five blocks in the TigerScots' win over La Grande JV and had a 14-point serving run in the first game of the match with Wallowa. Jordan Alford also played well against Wallowa with a 10 for 10 effort from the service line with two aces.
Susanna Bonifer had 18 assists and six kills against Union and Kayla Johnson was 25 for 27 hitting with 10 kills in the match. Paredes chipped in with four blocks and had eight kills against Union.
"We're playing focused volleyball and playing hard," White said.
Pilot Rock lost to Wallowa 12-25, 26-24, 14-16 before beating La Grande JV 25-21, 25-23. Joseph beat Pilot Rock for fifth place in two games, handing Pilot Rock sixth overall.
Stanfield lost three matches to Union, Joseph and La Grande JV.
ECHO - The Helix volleyball squad played to a 4-1 record Saturday in the Echo volleyball tournament and won the championship for the second consecutive year.
Helix battled its way through two teams of Pendleton junior varsity, a Hermiston junior varsity squad and Echo.
The round-robin tournament consisted of four teams playing one game against each other to 25 points. The top two teams, Helix and Hermiston JV, squared off for a three-game championship match.
Helix defeated Hermiston JV in the title match 25-20, 15-25,15-7.
"It felt good to win a tournament," said Helix head coach Tammie Parker.
Helix defeated the Pendleton JV No. 1 team in the first match, outscoring them 25-10. The Grizzlies then lost their only game of the tournament to the Hermiston JV 28-26.
"Hermiston's JV team is pretty good and they gave us some good games," Parker said. "I think we gain a lot by playing a bigger schools JV team."
The Grizzlies went on to beat the Pendleton JV No. 2 squad and Echo to face off with Hermiston in the final match.
"We kept the intensity up all day," Parker said. "The team played well and worked together."
Jennifer Denton and Emily Sallee combined for 35 kills in the tournament and the Grizzlies served 94-percent from the service line.
Helix will be back in action Tuesday, playing at Stanfield for a nonleague volleyball match.
BOARDMAN - Grant Union took first, followed by Heppner in the Riverside volleyball tournament Saturday held in Boardman.
Grant Union finished with a 9-1 game record, followed by Heppner (7-3), Umatilla (6-4), Riverside (5-5), Enterprise (2-8) and Mac-Hi (1-9).
"Our girls have stepped it up a notch," said Riverside head coach Donna Barton. "Still wehave some areas to work on, but overall I am really happy with the effort the girls put forth.
Grant Union's Crystal Halliday and Whitney Moore along with Heppner's Shanna Reitman and Madison Bailey, Umatilla's Austin Harvey and Riverside's Aubree Padilla were selected to the all-tournament team.
Coach Barton noted the play of Anita Garcilazo for her passing and play as the libero. Riverside served 93-percent from the service line in the tournament led by Hanna Close and Padilla, who combined for a 60 for 60 effort.
Padilla led the Pirates with 23 kills and Jessica Burns added 15, Close had 12 and Tess Haertling added 10.
CONDON - Condon's volleyball squad dropped thier first three matches of the season Saturday in the Summit Springs Tournament held in Condon.
The Blue Devils started the day losing to Ione in their first match, 25-23, 25-16 and dropped to Wheeler 25-15, 25-15 and Arlington 25-15, 25-17.
"I think we did things well," said head coach Laura Hanson," It was our first game today and we have a lot of young girls."