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Outlaws volleyball report

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on October 10, 2017 3:23PM

The Outlaws ladies made short work of Elgin in separate matches on Sept. 29 and Oct.5, beating the hide off the Huskies in three straight sets in both matches. The Sept. 29 home match saw the ladies surfing by the Huskies by scores of 25-9, 25-8, 25-22.

Coach Lisa Farwell said senior Riley Gray played very well at the net, notching 8 blocks and 7 kills while Ashley Exon added 6 kills. Teammates Reece Christman added 14 assists while Gracie Niezen added 12 assists for the Outlaws.

Farwell said she’s happy with the team’s progress thus far.

“I am proud of my team for improving with every match. Up until now, we’ve been able to focus and play our game for one or two sets, but not the entire match. Today we played tough for nearly the entire three sets. Elgin has some tough young players, and they’re going to be a team to watch in the future.”

The Oct. 5 change to their own turf did little to improve the lot of the Huskies as they again fell in three sets: 25-13, 25-21, 25-11

Match highlights included the seven kills by junior Lexie Gassett while Heidi Niezen added six kills. Gray was 19-19 in serving, with four aces. Ashlyn Gray was also perfect from the service line, going 12-12, also with four aces.

“My team did a great job of focusing on offense,” Farwell said. “They took some risks at the net, hit more aggressively and it paid off. They also served tough, which always helps a match go your way.”

The Outlaws traveled to Prospectors country in John Day on Oct.7, but came up empty-handed. Despite a pitched battle, the ladies lost in three straight sets: 7-25, 15-25, 16-25 against the second-ranked steam in the state.

In the spotlight were Reece Christman, who had 8 assists and 11 digs, Riley Gray had 15 digs while Ashley Exon added 12 with her spade.

Despite the loss, coach Farwell had nothing but praise for her team, who played with fire and hustle against the Prospectors.

“Our defense and serve-receive has steadily improved, and our defense allowed for some great offensive plays. Our chins were up even though we lost.”

The loss left the Outlaws with a league record of 2-4 and 6-11 overall. Their final league match is on Friday, Oct. 13, at Union.


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