Pine Eagle whips the Lady Cougs

<I>Photo by Michael Lane</I><BR>Wallowa's Emily Isley (3) scrambles after one of many Pine Eagle blocks.

Perhaps it was a little revenge for the defeat on the gridiron, but whatever the cause, the Spartans took Wallowa to task in volleyball, defeating WHS in three straight games, 25-16, 25-23 and 25-8.

Pine Eagle looked more disciplined and sharper during warmups, and that focus carried into the game. Wallowa looked disorganized on the floor throughout the match - with the exception of the second game - and both miscues and player confusion led to a complete defensive breakdown in the third game.

The Spartans had good defensive play, but nothing beyond what Wallowa is usually capable of getting through. It's possible that the absence of senior Megan Haga was a factor, but no matter the cause, the Lady Cougars just couldn't seem to put together a defense that would allow them to mount a counteroffensive against the Spartans.

Pine Eagle senior Nikki Simpson had some good serves, as did her teammate Abby Morrison, but nothing like what the last game's score would indicate.

Wallowa coach Terri Wilson was nonplussed by her team's problems.

"We're not the fastest team, or the quickest to react, so we have to have communication." Sadly, on Friday evening, communications were apparently down.

Individual statistics for the game were unavailable.

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