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EHS Volleyball team off to a mixed start

Published on September 5, 2017 4:07PM

Paul Wahl/ChieftainRiley Gray springs into action for the Enterprise Lady Outlaws Thursday night in Enterprise. Enterprise won all three games.

Paul Wahl/ChieftainRiley Gray springs into action for the Enterprise Lady Outlaws Thursday night in Enterprise. Enterprise won all three games.

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Ella Moeller returns serve for the Wallowa Cougars as coach Janea Hulse watches during Thursday night’s match with Enterprise at Enterprise High School.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Ella Moeller returns serve for the Wallowa Cougars as coach Janea Hulse watches during Thursday night’s match with Enterprise at Enterprise High School.

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Enterprise High School Varsity Volleyball squad started the season slow but has been building momentum.

The highlight of the girls season thus far was a sweep of Wallowa on Aug. 31.

Enterprise won all three games, 25-14, 25-17 and 25-10.

Riley Gray served 13 aces, had six digs, four blocks and six kills to spark the wins. Ashley Exon had four aces, a block, three kills and three assists and Reece Christman posted a dig, a kill and 10 assists.

Also playing for Enterprise were Heidi Niezen, Lexie Gassett, Shelby Moncrief, Ashlyn Gray, Carsyn Miller and Gracie Niezen.

In the most recent outing Saturday at the Heppner Tournament at Heppner High School, the Lady Outlaws dropped five sets, one each to Weston-McEwen, Grant Union and Pilot Rock and two to Heppner.

Gassett drilled seven aces against Weston-McEwen and added three digs and an assist in the 15-25 loss. Riley Gray had four aces, two digs, three blocks, two kills and three assists.

Grant Union, which went on to top the tournament, defeated Enterprise 15-25. Ashlyn Gray had three aces and a dig, Christman had two aces, 1 dig and two assists to lead the way for the Lady Outlaws.

The closest Enterprise came to a win was against Pilot Rock, which was victorious 24-26.

Riley Gray stood atop the stats for that battle with nine digs, seven blocks and two each aces, kills and assists. Christman added six aces, two digs, a kill and six assists.

Heppner outpaced Enterprise 16-25 and 18-25. Riley Gray added another outstanding performance with eight digs, eight blocks and four kills. Ashley Exon had an ace, two kills and six assists and Christman had an ace, a dig, a block and five assists.

“The girls played well,” said coach Lisa Masters of the Lady Outlaw performances at Heppner. “They were picking a lot up and were very scrappy.”

What was missing was the team’s passing game.

“We were having a difficult time getting our timing on our blocks, which we needed against the hitting teams we played.”

Masters said the Pilot Rock match-up was perhaps the team’s best performance of the tournament.

“They played their hearts out on the court,” she said.

Grant Union Prospectors won all three of their matches, knocking off Crane, Imbler and Weston-McEwen.

Enterprise opened the season with a win and three loses against Cove Aug. 25 at Cove.

The first-game victory, 25-19, was followed by three loses, 16-25, 22-25 and 19-25.

Christman paced the squad with 15 digs, seven kills, five assists and two aces while Niezen had five aces, seven digs, two blocks and five kills.

The Lady Outlaws played six games in the Stanfield Tournament Aug 26 at Stanfield, winning two, both against Stanfield (25-16, 22-10) and dropping two to Echo (25-19 12-11) and two to Irrigon (25-16, 13-11).

Enterprise traveled to Helix Aug. 29 and lost all three games there, 25-19, 25-22 and 25-22).



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