Eagles volleyball district

Madelyn Nelson serves for Joseph at the Old Oregon League District Tournament in La Grande

After a rough season start, the Joseph Eagles volleyball squad captured second place at district after creaming Elgin at La Grande High School. The Eagles lost in four sets to the state's top-ranked squad, arch-nemesis, Powder Valley.

The Eagles met the Elgin Huskies on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Huskies left both their bark and bite at home as the Eagles soared to victory in three sets. Scores were 25-22, 26-24 and 25-17. 

The Eagles showed their try in that they were down 10-2 in one set before donning their rally caps for the victory.

"They just keep playing, no matter what the score is," Hite said. "They don't get rattled; they don't worry about what everyone else is doing. They just play every point, which is something we really focus on."

Coach Jill Hite said the Eagles showed character in the bout.

While the Eagles succumbed to Powder Valley, Hite noted some highlights. Set scores were 25-19, a 26-24 Eagles victory in the second set, with losses of 25-16 and 25-16 in the final sets.

"We ended up getting a set from them, and that was fun," she said. "We played some good volleyball for awhile." Hite added that two other sets were fairly close.

Although stats were not available for the match, Hite noted that supreme Sabrina Albee led the squad in kills. She also noted the play of three freshmen on the squad: Molly Curry, McKenzie Keffer and Maggie Miller.

"They just don't have any quit in them," Hite said. "They've been getting better and better, and it's really fun."

The Eagles play at home in the first round of state playoffs, facing Prairie City at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

"If we win that, we'll get to play again on Saturday," she said. "If we win that one, we'll get to go to the (Redmond) tournament."

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