Hilanders lock up EOL title

Posted on October 26th in Sports

By Randy Parks

The Hilanders’ Abbey Fenton recorded double-digit kills against all three EOL opponents last week. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders wrapped up another Easten Oregon League (EOL) volleyball title by downing both Riverside and Umatilla on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The two wins give Burns a perfect 9-0 record in EOL play, with their final match set for Thursday, Oct. 27, when they host Nyssa.

Burns opened up their doubleheader day with a trip to Boardman to face the Riverside Pirates.

The Hilanders made short work of the Pirates, sweeping them in three games, 25-5, 25-11, 25-10.

Burns notched 36 kills in the match, led by Abbey Fenton with 16 and Brittainy Houck with nine. Charli Siegner added another six, Maddye Dinsmore and Dominique Orr two apiece and Erika Bentz one.

The Hilanders recorded 14 aces, led by Dinsmore with eight and Siegner with three.

Dinsmore also finished with 25 assists.

Of the team’s 30 digs, Fenton had seven and Tanzie Bodeen six.

Following the Riverside match, Burns traveled to Umatilla, where they took down the Vikings in three games, 25-15, 25-6, 25-6.

Fenton again led the team in kills, finishing with 25 of the team’s 39. Houck had 10, and Bentz and Dinsmore two each.

Dinsmore and Fenton each had six aces and Kayla McConnell had one.

Dinsmore was the team leader in assists with 31 and Orr added another three.

Burns also came up with 32 digs, led by Bodeen with 13 and McConnell six.

After dropping the first game 18-25, Burns bounced back to win the next three 25-23, 25-18, 25-18, for a 3-1 win over Vale on Thursday,  Oct. 20.

Fenton led the Hilanders’ offensive attack, pounding out 26 of the team’s 46 kills. Houck added another nine, Siegner five,  Dinsmore four and Orr two.

Burns served up three aces, two by Dinsmore and Siegner one.

Dinsmore also recorded 36 assists.

Defensively, Burns had eight blocks, including three each by Fenton and Orr, one apiece for Houck and Dinsmore.

The Hilanders also came up with a season-high 75 digs in the match, led by Bodeen with 18. Dinsmore had 16, McConnell 15, Fenton 12, Houck nine and Siegner five.

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