The Lady Outlaws practically lived on the volleyball court.
Enterprise High School's young team played four intense matches last week and won two of them. Sept. 21 at home, the Outlaws swept their nearby rivals from Joseph. Two days later, the Outlaws hosted their first opponent from the Blue Mountain Conference. The roller coaster battle ended in Elgin's favor. Over the weekend, at a couple of matches in Irrigon, Enterprise defeated the home team before falling to Pilot Rock.
"We really gave it our all," junior Shelby Graning said. "I'm proud of the way we played. If we give it our all, we can compete with anybody."
Enterprise finished the week with its record in the league at 1-2.
The schedule started well, as Enterprise made short work of Joseph. The Outlaws took care of the Eagles in three games, 25-16, 25-22 and 25-14. They delivered several overpowering serves. Sophomore Elsa Steen scored 13 aces, Graning made five. Senior Hannah Graham and sophomore Kylie Willis each contributed three aces. Senior Alex McCadden and junior Katie Edison tallied two aces, apiece. Sophomore Myranda McFetridge also chipped in an ace.
Against Joseph, Enterprise took advantage of its strong front line. Sophomore Marta Stangel blocked 15 hits. Graning and Edison got in the act. Meanwhile, they made several kills. Stangel and Graham each had four kills. Edison and Willis each knocked down two. Freshman Amy Edison, Steen and Graning added more points.
Together, the Outlaws challenged the Elgin Huskies. Just a week earlier, at a tournament in Athena, Elgin beat Enterprise in all five of their games. The rematch was a different story. The Outlaws scored two wins and pushed the Huskies to a deciding game before losing the overall match (9-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-19 and 10-15).
Without Stangel, who stayed home feeling ill, the Outlaws surprised the Huskies. Junior Brooke Greenshields moved up to varsity and scored a couple of blocks. Graham had three blocks, Steen two. The team totaled 10 service aces. Steen made eight kills, Katie Edison had five, Graham and Graning each had four.
"We gave them a fight," Graning said. "You could see in their faces, this feeling they were going to beat us again. But we all did awesome."
Enterprise took its positive trend on the road to Irrigon. There, the Outlaws overcame an early setback and topped the Knights in five (19-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-8 and 15-9). However, shortly after the win, Enterprise encountered a tough Pilot Rock team and lost three straight decisions (21-25, 19-25 and 22-25).
Next, the Outlaws will drive Sept. 30 over to Athena. They return home Oct. 2 for matches at Quinn Court against Heppner and Stanfield.