Outlaw volleyball hopes continue to look up as the ladies defeated the Wallowa Cougars in three of four sets on Aug. 31 in an away match. Set scores were 25-22; 28-26; 20-25 and 25-21 in the close-fought contest.
Seniors Lexie Gasset led the way down the Outlaw trail, pacing the offense with 14 digs apiece. Also on the radar were Ashlyn Gray’s excellent serve receives and Claire Farwell’s settings, which gave her several assists. As a whole, the team served 92 percent from the floor.
Coach Lisa Farwell noted the team’s progress early on.
“This was a great match for us as we played with more consistency from set to set,” she said. “Again, our strengths were our serve receive and defense. We need to continue to improve at the net. We still hit a little tentatively and need to be more aggressive.”
The EHS ladies traveled south for the Prairie City Tournament Sept. 1. The Outlaws were 6-2 in pool play behind the performances of Shelby Moncrief and Gray. Harper Charter School went down 25-2 and 25-19 while Monument/Dayville fell 25-16 and 25-14.
Also in the Outlaw sights were Imbler. 25-20 and 25-22. The ladies met their match with Echo, falling 23-25 and 18-25.
EHS was 0-2 in bracket play, losing to Adrian,15-25 and 16-25.
Coach Farwell noted Moncrief’s 18 kills on the day.
“She made smart choices and put the ball where the other team wasn’t,” she said.
Gray’s performance was also noted.
“Ashlyn also hit the ball well; she’s gaining confidence with each set and it showed with 15 kills,” coach Farwell said. “Gassett served the lights out with her 48 of 50, 96 percent performance. Rilyn Kirkland played great defense and had 29 digs.”
The coach had high praise for her squad.
“Saturday was a good day for EHS volleyball; I was really proud of the focus and effort my team showed during a long day of 10 sets of volleyball,” Farwell said. “We played well and found our rhythm on defense and had moments of brilliance on offense. We are getting comfortable with our lineup, and it showed as good team volleyball.”
On Sept. 6, the Outlaws host Cove High School in a nonleague game. They then travel to Elgin Sept. 8 for a nonleague contest with the Huskies.