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Umatilla hosts volleyball jamboree

Pilot Rock, Heppner, Irrigon, Riverside, Weston-McEwen and Umatilla tune up for opening of volleyball season

Posted Saturday August 30, 2008

UMATILLA-Six local 2A and 3A high schools met Friday afternoon in Umatilla in a single game volleyball jamboree.

Some teams looked a little sharper than others but with the season starting next week this was a good chance for teams to work on their game play.

The 1 p.m. game was between the Heppner Mustangs and Riverside Pirates. Riverside started off strong stretching the lead out to 15-6 at just over the halfway point. At that point Heppner began a string of scoring that brought them to a 19-19 tie. From that point on Heppner kept the lead until they won 25-22.

There were two games played at 1:45PM. The host Umatilla Vikings took on the Weston-McEwen Tiger Scots in one of the games. Umatilla scored first but once Weston-McEwen started scoring the Tiger Scots never looked back. W-M led 15-4 at about the midway point. The final score ended up being 25-7.

The other 1:45PM game was between the Riverside Pirates and Pilot Rock Rockets. It was tight game with the Rockets leading 13-10 at about the midway point. Riverside closed to within a point at 24-23 but Pilot Rock took the win 25-23.

The 2:15PM game was between the Irrigon Knights and Heppner Mustangs. Umatilla took the early lead 8-3. Then Heppner had a string of great serves taking the Mustangs to the lead 9-8. It was back and forth for the next few points with the teams tieing up at 16 all. From that point on Heppner took control and won with a final score of 25-20.

One of the 2:55PM games were between the Heppner Mustangs and Umatilla Vikings. Heppner took a slight lead to the middle of the game when they hit a hot streak that took their lead out to 20-11. Umatilla scored four points as Heppner closed out the game 25-15.

The other 2:55PM game was between Riverside and Irrigon. Riverside took the early lead and never relinquished it during the game. Irrigon played a solid match but the Pirates had a solid front line and players that worked hard to dig and save a number shots that would have been winners for Irrigon. The final was Riverside 25-21.

One of the 3:25PM games had the Pilot Rock Rockets taking on the Weston-McEwen Tiger Scots. It was a close match with the Rockets having a slight lead until the teams tied it up at 13 all. After an exchange of the lead including a volley that seemed to go on for about a minute the Tiger Scots began to pull away from Rockets and won with a score of 25-20.

The other 3:25PM game had Umatilla playing Irrigon. Umatilla showed a strong command of the game and led for the entire match finally winning 25-14.

The final games took place at 4PM wtih the Riverside Pirates and Weston-McEwen Tiger Scots meeting in one of the games. It was back and forth in the first half of the game with the teams tied 15-15 at about the midway point. The Tiger Scots took a slight lead until the Pirates tied it up at 23-23. The Tiger Scots persevered over the strong challenge of the Pirates winning 26-24.

The other 4PM game had the Pilot Rock Rockets taking on the Heppner Mustangs. The Rockets controlled the first half of the match stretching the lead out to 16-10. Heppner found their game and took control in the second half taking the lead at 22-21. Heppner never looked back as they took the win 25-22.

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