The Enterprise Outlaw volleyball teanm started out the week with a wild five-set league victory at Cove on Friday, Oct. 5 that featured 14 kills by Ashlyn Gray. Set scores were: 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 20-25, 15-12.
Along with Gray’s herculean performance, Carsyn Miller added 14 assists. Senior Shelby Moncrief had 23 digs and Lexie Gassett added 20 for the hard-fought victory.
Coach Lisa Farwell said she was pleased with the team’s performance. She noted that the girls did not make many unforced errors while the squad turned up serving and serve/receive a notch, although the win wasn’t easy.
“We had a little trouble finishing the match out,” she said. “We had numerous attempts during set three and set four, and just couldn’t get it done without going into the fifth set.”
The Outlaw squad didn’t fare as well traveling to Heppner for contests versus Heppner and Union on the day following the Cove victory. The hosts took four sets to defeat Enterprise by scores of 18-25, 26-24, 20-25 and 23-25.
It took five sets for the Union Bobcats to send Enterprise down to defeat in the week’s final match. Set scores were 14-25, 25-23, 25-20, 13-25, 11-15.
Despite the losses, Coach Farwell noted several key performances. Gassett had an extraordinary day with 22 kills and 40 digs. Moncrief contributed notable defense and had 41 digs. Gray went 27 for 28 from the service line, and Miller went 26 for 28 serving.
Farwell said that while the squad played some excellent volleyball, it also committed a number of unforced errors.
“For much of the season, we’ve had trouble finishing sets and matches, and that was our problem again,” she said. “We seem to be able to compete with nearly everyone in the league, but we can’t do it for three straight sets.”
The week left the Outlaws with a 1-7 league record and 6-11 overall. The squads ranks 25th in the state.
The team hosts Stanfield on Thursday, Oct. 11, then head to their last three-way tournament in John Day to play Grant Union and Pilot Rock.