The Wallowa spikers traveled to the Old Oregon League Tournament in John Day on Saturday and came away with a 50/50 split. The Lady Cougs (6-2) lost to Powder Valley (7-2) in their first match 29-31, 21-25 and 23-25 even though they served 96% for the match overall. "We had 12 blocking errors that really hurt us plus mental and communication errors as well," said Cougs coach Terri Wilson.
Wallowa played much better in their second match of the afternoon against Adrian. Wallowa was 91% hitting with only five service errors out of 71 serves to defeat the Antelopes 25-14, 25-10 and 25-14. "The key to our second match was that we ran a new offense playing girls in positions where they normally don't play," Wilson said.
Megan McLain had the hot hand from the service line making good on 27 of 29 including eight aces. Following McLain were Wendy Spaur 33/35 with three aces, Katie Sturtevant 22/23 with three aces, Amber Josi 26/27 with three aces and Chelsea Frei 19/19 including one ace.
Lynique Oveson turned a strong showing for the tournament in hitting with 26 kills for 91%. Oveson was followed by Mclain's 82% hitting with 19 kills.
Oveson also had an outstanding tournament in serve receives and digs with 24/30 and 29/34 respectively.
"The girls were disappointed with their loss to Powder Valley," Wilson said. " They don't seem to play as well the next morning after a tough match the night before," she added.
The Lady Cougs will face Crane (1-7) on Friday during homecoming at Wallowa.