By Randy Parks
Maggie Thompson blasts the ball past a defender in Burns’ win over Nyssa. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
The Hilander volleyball team won all six of their matches on their way to picking up the championship trophy at the Burns Invitational held on Saturday, Sept. 10.
In the final match of the day, Brittainy Houck racked up 12 of the Hilanders’ 21 kills, and Maddye Dinsmore had 19 assists as Burns downed Eastern Oregon League (EOL) rival Vale, 26-24, 25-22.
Houck also had 10 of the team’s 33 digs and Tanzie Bodeen added nine.
Burns opened up the tournament with pool play wins over Nyssa, Columbia Christian and Baker.
The Hilanders downed Nyssa 25-15, 25-17.
Houck had a team-high 10 kills, and Abbey Fenton added another seven. Dinsmore was again the team leader in assists with 21.
In their second match of the day, Burns topped Columbia Christian 25-20, 25-21.
Fenton recorded 18 kills and 12 digs, Dinsmore 24 assists and five digs, Houck four kills and Bodeen six digs.
The Hilanders finished off pool play with a 25-17, 25-16 win over Baker. Fenton had 13 of the team’s 21 kills, Dinsmore notched another 19 assists and Bodeen came up with 13 of the team’s 30 digs.
Burns faced Crane in the first round of bracket play, and came away with a 25-10, 25-11 victory.
The Hilanders recorded 15 kills in the match, led by Houck with seven and Maggie Thompson with four.
Burns’ serving was a definite factor in the match as they hammered 17 aces, led by Fenton with seven and Bodeen with five.
Dinsmore was the team leader with 11 assists.
Burns faced a rematch with Baker in the semi-finals, and came away with a 25-23, 25-9 win.
Houck had 12 of the team’s 22 kills, Dinsmore finished with 15 assists and Shelby Sanders added another five.
Burns came up with 34 digs in the match, led by Fenton with 11, Bodeen eight and Houck seven.
The Hilanders’ frosh/soph team will play at Crane at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Burns JV and varsity teams open up EOL play with a doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 17. The Hilanders will host Riverside at 1 p.m. and then Umatilla at 5 p.m.
Burns picked up a non-conference win on Tuesday, Sept. 6, as they swept La Pine 25-13, 25-14, 25-8.
Fenton led the Hilanders’ offense, finishing with 13 kills and six aces. Charli Siegner recorded seven kills and three blocks; Houck six kills; Kayla McConnell four kills; Dinsmore 29 assists, five digs and one kill; Steffany Yarbor two kills; Maggie Thompson and Dominique Orr one kill each; and Bodeen six digs.