The Enterprise-Wallowa volleyball showdown Friday afternoon was a non-league game, but area fans were treated to an exciting match as the two teams battled hard for five games, with the Outlaws prevailing 25-22, 25-20, 10-25, 25-27, 15-7.
The Cougars were stunned in the first two games by how its hitters were having balls defended and deflected by the Outlaws.
However, WHS fought back hard in the third game thanks to Chelsea Frei's three kills, which helped the Cougs' Jill Haga go 8-for-8 in serves. WHS was also able to take game four, but EHS pulled away in the fifth and final game to win the match.
Enterprise head coach Amy Sturtevant was very pleased to get out of Wallowa with a win. "It's that consistency. We need to play at our level all through the game," Sturtevant said.
Although the Outlaws let Wallowa get back in the match by dropping the third and fourth games, it was able to break away in the final game after being tied with Wallowa at 5-5. EHS's Nicole Santiago served four times, Acing the final one to give EHS the 15-7 victory.
"They (EHS)have so much strength and power when we are behind and our enthusiasm went up in the last game," Sturtevant said.
Early in game one Wallowa held a 21-16 lead, but Kayann Layton blasted a kill up the middle to spark the Outlaw comeback, and EHS finished the game strong by serving 7-for-8 to secure the win.
Julie Butterfield topped EHS with 11 kills and two blocks, while Madi Smith ended up with six kills and 4 blocks.
Wallowa was led by Crista Bomberger, who went 19-for-20 serving, including two aces, and added six kills. Frei chipped in with five kills and went 22-for-23 serving, with four aces. Haga led the defense with 19 digs and Mallory Turner added 17 digs.
"There were times when our confidence was shaken, but the girls always seem to pull themselves out of it and never quit," said Wallowa head coach Terri Wilson.
EHS goes five-games against Nyssa
Enterprise (5-4, 3-2) needed five-games to secure a victory against Wapiti foe Nyssa on Saturday at home, and proved to be up the challenge, winning 21-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-21, 15-6.
"They played a great fifth game," Sturtevant said. "If we can play a fifth game through the first, second and third we'll be golden, but it's just getting to that level."
The Outlaws took control of the match in the fourth game by grinding out a 25-21 win. The teams remained tied until Enterprise's Smith had an enormous block against Nyssa's middle hitter and Butterfield slammed the ball up the right side of the court on the very next point to give the Outlaws a 21-18 lead, and eventually tied up the match score at 2-2.
In the deciding fifth game the Outlaws were able to reel off five straight points from Rachael Schaefer's score and two kills from Butterfield. EHS remained dominant throughout the entire game, led by Smith's three kills and one block.
"They were definitely more fired up tonight and definitely came out stronger(than against Wallowa), but they played a great fifth game," Sturtevant said.
Butterfield paced the Outlaws with 14 kills and four blocks, while Smith added 12 kills and 8 blocks.
Outlaw netters downed in fiveEnterprise's volleyball was playing its third match in two days, and the wear and tear on the team was finally became too much to overcome as the Outlaws fell to Grant Union Saturday afternoon in a battled tested five-game match 17-25, 25-10, 22-25, 25-23, 10-15.
"We got hesitant and weren't being very aggressive," Sturtevant said.
In the fourth game, Enterprise had a chance to take control of the game, but Grant Union was able to rally and win the final five points of the game.
Sturtevant said that the Outlaws missed a lot of serves throughout the match and that hurt the team. "We need to work on our mental toughness," Sturtevant said.
Julie Butterfield led EHS with 12 kills and 9 digs, while Madi Smith added 8 kills and six digs. Alysha Huffman and Kayann Layton helped out the defense with 12 digs and 9 digs respectively.
EHS falls to Union early in the weekThe Outlaws fell to Union Sept. 27 in four games 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23.
After falling in the first two games, EHS used its home court advantage and the encouragement of its fans to get the slim win in game three 26-24.
The Outlaws came out the gates firing on all cylinders in game four, jumping out to the 12-6 lead, but couldn't sustain the momentum. Union fought back and eventually tied the score at 22, and then jumped out to the lead, which it never let go in winning 25-23.