Joseph High School’s varsity volleyball team came away from the Old Oregon League District Tournament with a win and loss, good enough for second-place.
The 22-8 Lady Eagles will face Echo 6 p.m. Wednesday on their home court in the opening round of state playoffs in Division 1A.
Joseph took an easy win in the opening round of the tournament at La Grande High School, defeating Imbler 25-12, 9-25 and 12-25.
Sabrina Albee carried the bulk of the water in that game, with 16 kills, five assists and four digs. Emma Hite added seven kills eight assists, six digs and a block, Camille Crenshaw had two kills and nine digs and Madelyn Nelson five kills and five digs.
Joseph faced No. 2-rated Powder Valley in the second game of the day. The Eagles came away with one game out of four in the set –– 25-19, 24-26, 25-19 and 25-15. The team battled back from a major deficit to win its single match and hung close in two of their three losses.
Hite had 11 kills, three blocks, six assists, five digs and a serving ace in the series, Albee seven kills, seven assists and eight digs. Nelson contributed nine kills, three blocks and nine digs and Crenshaw four kills and seven digs.
Joseph also fell to Powder Valley in the Dufur Classic in early September. The team did not play Echo in regular-season competition. Echo has won 12 of its last 14 matches, including edging Dufur in the Big Sky District Tournament in five sets Saturday.
Joseph is ranked No. 7 in 1A volleyball behind St. Paul, Powder Valley, Hosanna Christian, North Douglas, Perrydale and Days Creek. Echo is ranked No. 15.
Hite and Albee were named first team all-league players Saturday, Crenshaw was second team all-league and Nelson received honorable mention.