MONUMENT – The Monument gym drew High Desert League opponents Dayville/Monument and Long Creek/Ukiah, and Mitchell/Spray (Big Sky League) for an afternoon and evening of volleyball action Sept. 9.
For Dayville/Monument, the tourney offered the first of several matches played in week with three destinations on the team’s packed schedule.
It also was the first time Long Creek and Ukiah players had been able to get together for volleyball, but the team showed steady improvement as the tournament progressed.
Dayville/Monument’s Tigers won 3-0 over Long Creek/Ukiah, with scores of 25-7, 25-8 and 25-10.
Long Creek/Ukiah took another hit, losing to Mitchell/Spray, but they again showed gains with scores of 4-25, 16-25 and 17-25.
Mitchell/Spray tried to give the Tigers a run for their money in the final match, which stretched out to four sets, but Dayville/Monument held on for the win.
The Tigers won 3-1 with scores of 25-8, 19-25, 25-11 and 25-12.
Tiger coach Patti Wright said her players’ serving was much improved.
She highlighted Treiquella Osborne, who had 20 kills in the final match, and Mary Yankee, who had 8. The setter, Skylar Powell, had 12 assists.
“It was great – she set really well and was a key server for the match, as was Mary Yankee.”
Wright noted that Powell scored 12 of 25 points in the final game, after 14 in the second.
Long Creek/Ukiah coach Reagan Enriquez, co-coach with Linda Studtmann, said her team gave her goosebumps in the last couple sets.
“Everyone started coming together,” she said. “It took a while to get our rhythm, but when they did the girls fell into their roles naturally.”
The Tigers continued their week with more games.
They faced the Arlington Honkers on the road last Friday, winning 3-2 with scores of 25-9, 25-12, 22-25, 19-25 and 15-9.
“Again, we had consistent serving from Skylar in that match,” she said.
Saturday’s game at the Sherman County Tournament in Aurora allowed the Tigers to gain more experience with a couple wins over 2A teams.
They lost their first match with top-ranked 1A Dufur, 15-25 and 21-25, but came back and beat Stanfield 25-20 and 25-21.
The Tigers also defeated Sherman County 25-16 and 25-16.
They lost two sets to Lyle, and Lyle lost to Dufur, which took the championship.
“It was a great weekend of volleyball,” Wright said. “We played a lot and got a lot of experience for our younger kids.”
She said she hopes to have a full, healthy squad this weekend.
“I think it was important for us to see teams that we don’t normally play,” she said. “Playing 2A teams like Stanfield helps us improve.”
The Tigers host the Burnt River Bulls in Dayville at 4 p.m. Friday and travel to Pilot Rock Saturday for a 1 p.m. game with Echo.