The Outlaw Varsity Volleyball Squad had trouble getting its guns out of their holsters when they traveled to face Stanfield on Sept. 20. The ladies dropped three of four sets, 12-25, 16-25, 25-18 and 20-25
Senior Shelby Moncrief racked up seven kills and served well, as did sophomore Rilyn Kirkland. Junior Carsyn Miller netted four kills and handed out five assists.
Coach Lisa Farwell said that Stanfield came out strong in the first set and caught the team on their heels a bit. The coach said the raucous homecoming crowd also appeared to intimidate the Outlaws, which in turn, impacted their play.
“We played tentatively at the net, and we are at our best when we’re swinging away at the ball,” she said. “Sets three and four were better for us, but it was too little, too late.”
The Outlaws had somewhat better luck when they played at home Sept. 22. The team’s first match saw a lackluster EHS fall in straight sets to Heppner, 25-12, 25-11 and 25-13.
Ashlyn Gray gathered 12 digs and Moncrief followed with 11. Kirkland went 5 for 5 at the service line.
Farwell said that her team came out flat against Heppner and never got into the game.
“We didn’t communicate with each other and played with zero energy,” she said. “It was a disappointing match from start to finish.”
The Outlaws picked up the pieces and came out strong against Union sending the hapless Bobcats home after a bruising five-set match. Set scores were 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 9-25 and 16-14.
Gray had seven blocks and four kills. Moncrief added six kills and 14 digs and senior Lexie Gassett had 11 digs.
Farwell noted the team’s improvement in the second match.
“For four sets against Union, we played tough and communicated well as a team,” she said. “We worked hard at the net to try to shut down Union’s offense and to put pressure on their defense. I was proud to see the team turn the day around after the disappointing match against Heppner.”
The week left the Outlaws tied with Heppner for fourth place with a 1-2 Wapiti League record and 5-6 overall.
The Outlaws next host Weston-McEwen at home Sept. 27 then meet Pilot Rock and Grant Union at Pilot Rock on Sept. 29.