Coug-gals breeze through 4-way

Megan McLain of Wallowa directs the ball past the outstretched hands of Enterprise defender Kallie Hadden Saturday afternoon in Wallowa. Photos by Kim Lamb

The Wallowa Cougar volleyball team breezed through their own tournament last Saturday afternoon by beating Joseph, Enterprise and Cove in short two-game matches. Wallowa first conquered Joseph 25-15, 25-10, then Enterprise 25-19, 25-16 and finally Cove 25-17, 25-13.

Lynique Oveson had a hot hand on the day for the Cougars by not making one mistake in 25 serving opportunities and making good on all 20 hits which came her way, including 11 kills. Megan McLain was a second dominant player for the home team, connecting on 13 of 14 hits including nine kills. She also recorded four solo blocks at the net.

As a team Wallowa served at 93 percent with Oveson, Sandra Deal and Amanda Wilson all perfect from the serving line.

"We had a couple slow starts in games, but overall we had a pretty good day," said Wallowa coach Terri Wilson.

Wallowa trailed Enterprise 8-3 in the early going of their first game before Sarah Bomberger got to the service line and hammered out six successive points. Katie Sturtevant served five straight points late in the game to preserve the win for Wallowa.

In Enterprise's other two abbreviated matches they lost to Cove 14-25, 11-25 and bested Joseph by identical 25-13 scores.

Enterprise coach Tammy Crawford substituted freely in the Joseph and Wallowa matches and was pleased with the play from her bench. "The girls who came off the bench did a great job," she said.

Joseph lost to Cove, but the scores were not available.

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