The Lady Eagles learned the right recipe.
Joseph High School's young girls matured as a volleyball team Sept. 4 at Dufur. The Eagles began slowly. Perrydale overmatched Joseph, 20-5. Quickly, the local girls improved. They traded big hits with their next opponent, Powder Valley, until the Badgers managed to win a 20-17 decision. Senior DaLynn Roberts scored on kills from the outside. Junior Ali Garrett and freshman Hailee McClure dealt good serves. Freshman Breanna Gibson was strong at the net. In their third game, they blended those elements. Joseph earned its first win, 20-15 over Triad.
"Our momentum was up," Roberts said. "We finally came together. With practice, we've figured each other out, but a game is a lot different from practice. We covered the hits by Triad way better and we were talking. I'm proud of our freshmen. They really stepped up."
In the end, the win over Triad was Joseph's only victory at the Classic Jamboree. Ione took the next decision, 20-6. Sherman came out on top, 20-10. Arlington won, 20-13, in Joseph's last game.
The Eagles returned home Sept. 7 to host the Enterprise Lady Outlaws. That match was scheduled too late for this edition of the Chieftain.
Next, Joseph will hit the road. The Eagles play Sept. 10 at Ione. Action starts at 4 p.m.