The Lady Outlaws have the potential to tower over the net.
Enterprise High School's volleyball team last week took advantage of its athleticism. The tall front line of senior Hannah Graham, junior Shelby Graning and sophomore Marta Stangel stopped many scoring chances by Wallowa in their Sept. 14 showdown in Enterprise. Senior libero Alex McCadden handled any hits that squeaked to the back row. The Outlaws ended up winning the match in four games. Later, at a Sept. 18 tournament in Athena, Enterprise used its height to win four of 11 games.
"We touch a lot of balls with our blocking but had a lot fall," coach Amy Stangel said. "We are growing and getting better and better. If we figure out how to play consistently, we will go far."
Against Wallowa, the Outlaws dominated the net. Enterprise took the opener, 25-21. Wallowa drew even with a 25-18 decision. But then, the Outlaws took over. Graham's block gave them the third game by a score of 25-18. Needing one more set, Enterprise finished the match by a 25-20 win. Each time Wallowa came close, the Outlaws set up a brick wall over the net.
"Marta is huge for us in the front," McCadden said. "She's amazing to watch. She saves us a lot of times in the back row. And Shelby's great. It's not just height; they can jump, too."
At Athena, Enterprise ran into some challenging opponents. The Outlaws won their first game against the Helix Grizzlies by a score of 25-9. But Helix took the next two, 25-22 and 25-20. Elgin swept the next match, 25-18, 25-22 and 25-13. Stumbling into the tournament's first round, Enterprise lost a 25-17 decision to Pilot Rock.
But all season so far, the Outlaws have played their best in dire straights. On the heels of elimination, Enterprise turned the table on Pilot Rock. The Outlaws managed back-to-back wins, 27-25 and 15-8.
In a semifinal, however, Elgin finished off Enterprise. The Huskies did it in two games, 25-18 and 25-17.
Enterprise returned home to host Joseph for a Sept. 21 match. It happened too late for this edition of the Chieftain.
Next, Elgin will play Sept. 23 in Enterprise. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Two days later, the Outlaws will go to Irrigon.