Eagles volleyball beats Wallowa, Adrian; Wallowa downs ImblerJoseph defeated both Adrian and Wallowa handily on Saturday, taking down Adrian in straight games 25-23, 25-21 and 25-17. The Wallowa Lady Cougars stopped the Eagles in their first game, but it was all Joseph thereafter, with the Eagles winning over four games 21-25, 25-14, 25-14 and 25-15.
As the District 4 season starts to get underway, Joseph's play is getting steadier, said coach Kendall Hayes, though "we still aren't where we know we can be." Hayes stressed that the team members are becoming more comfortable with each other in every game.
Over the course of the two matches, Denae Micka and Holly Parker played a large part with a strong defensive showing.
Julie Butterfield led on kills with 20, Holly Parker racked up 16, Emily Williams and Alayna Brink had eight each, Cassy Parker five, Micka four and both Kerri Gleasman and Mandy Stroebel had two.
Micka had 19 digs on the day, Brink and H. Parker 17 each, Moncrief 13, Butterfield 11, Gleasman six, and both C. Parker and Stroebel had two.
Defensively, the Eagles also had some solid blocking. Butterfield had nine blocks on the day, H. Parker five, C. Parker three and Brink one.
As a team, Joseph served up 17 aces against Wallowa.
Micka and Gleasman had 42 assists over the course of both matches for Joseph.
The Cove Leopards will visit Joseph at home on Friday at 7 p.m.
Wallowa's Lady Cougars shut down Imbler in its opening match 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, and 25-17. Unfortunately for Wallowa, star senior Leah Pringle suffered an ankle injury and was unable to play versus Joseph, where the Cougars lost the match against the Eagles in four games.
Chelsea Frei was 90 percent on the day in hitting, going 38 for 42, and teammate Emily Isley was close behind at 27 for 34. Isley also had a great defensive day, with 41 digs.
For service, Brandy Lee and Brittany Mayton had a good day, each pounding out five aces on the day.
Wallowa's next match will be at Enterprise on Thursday at 4 p.m.