Wallowa High’s varsity volleyball team continued along its early-season learning curve this past weekend, gaining more experience even as the young squad dropped matches to Adrian and Enterprise. Both matches were on the road.

At Adrian on Friday, the host Antelopes beat up on the Cougars in game one, 25-8, but Wallowa looked better in a 25-14 game two loss, and performed downright competitively in game three, which again went Adrian’s way, 25-19.

“Friday they had a slow start, but I saw a lot of improvement by the third game,” remarked Wallowa coach Janea Hulse.

The team didn’t return home from Adrian until around 1:30 a.m., though, a circumstance which took its toll.

“Saturday it was pretty apparent that they were very tired,” Hulse said, referring to her team’s match at Enterprise. The Outlaws won in three games, by respective scores of 25-10, 25-9 and 25-18. Again, a third-game resurgence for Wallowa made it a night worth the trip, and Hulse singled out a couple of players for praise.

“Rylee Goller (a freshman outside hitter) played her best game to date,” Hulse said, and middle blocker Jordan Ferré, a junior, showed herself to be “a team leader.”

This week’s schedule included a Monday trip to Elgin, followed by a nice, long lull until Saturday’s Joseph Invitational Tourney. In the interim, Hulse said, her Cougars would concentrate “on coming together as a team. That’s what we’ll be working on this week.”

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