The small class A schools beat up on the larger AA schools last Saturday morning in a four team volleyball tournament at Cove. The host Leopards won the affair over Wallowa, while Union and Imbler, the AA schools, came in third and fourth in the pool play tournament.
After beating Imbler and Union in split games, Wallowa lost to Cove in the best of three pool play competition 23-25 and 15-25.
Wallowa started the day by downing Imbler 24-26, 25-17 and 15-12, then beat a formidable Union Bobcat squad 25-18, 15-25 and 15-8.
Wallowa had played on the road at Crane the evening before and did not get back to Wallowa until 2 a.m. Wallowa coach Terri Wilson said that her girls "played tired both mentally and physically."
Wallowa had beaten Cove at a tournament the weekend before and will have to be prepared to meet them in Old Oregon League play this Saturday in a tournament at Nyssa. Wallowa will play at Powder Valley the night before the long bus ride to Nyssa. At that tournament the Cougars will also be pitted in league play against the Prairie City Panthers.
Wilson said that the team's passing was not up to par during the Cove tournament. Still she saw some good performances.
Holli Barton connected on 40 of 42 service attempts during the day, seven of them for aces. Lynique Oveson clicked on 18 of 19 serves and both Megan McLain and Sarah Bomberger 14 of 15. Still, as a team WHS only connected on 88 percent of its service attempts.
Bomberger, said Wilson, controlled the nets and ended the day with 41 of 45 hits, 18 kills and 10 solo blocks. Amanda Wilson had 15 kills and McLain 11 kills and eight solo blocks.
During the three pool play matches Wallowa's Katie Sturtevant recorded 10 kills and a team high 21 setting assists. Oveson led the team with one dozen digs.