Charli Siegner goes up for the shot in the Hilanders’ win over the Bulldogs. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
Hilanders stay unbeaten in EOL play
By Randy Parks
Down 12-14 to the Nyssa Bulldogs in the fifth and deciding game, the Hilanders battled back for a 17-15 win to take the game and the match in Eastern Oregon League volleyball action on Thursday, Oct. 4.
The Hilanders won the first two games 25-16, 25-11, then lost the next two 25-27, 23-25 to set up the comeback finish.
With the win, Burns improved to 4-0 in league play, while Nyssa fell to 1-1.
Burns never trailed in the first game, getting out to a 20-12 lead on their way to the nine-point win.
The Hilanders also started fast in the second game, jumping out to a 10-3 lead and then steadily pulling away for the victory.
The Bulldogs turned things around in the third game, getting ahead early and building a 20-16 lead. The Hilanders got a bit of a rally going, and an ace by Kayla McConnell and two kills by Charli Siegner put Burns up 22-21.
Burns got to match point at 24-22, but Nyssa picked up the next two points and then outlasted the Hilanders to get the win.
It looked like the Hilanders would win the match in four games as they built a 19-14 lead, but the Bulldogs put together another comeback. They tied the game at 22-22 and then outscored the Hilanders 3-1 to force a fifth game.
With the momentum on their side, the Bulldogs took an 8-4 lead before Burns got back to within one on a tip shot by Baylee Hanner. The Bulldogs stretched the lead back to three and were on the verge of victory, up 14-11.
Burns then got a side-out, and scored the next two points to tie the game at 14-14.
After Nyssa won the next point, the Hilanders rebounded once again, scoring the next three points, including the game-winner on a block by Siegner, to win the match.
Siegner pounded out 35 kills in the match, Hanner added eight and Jordan Long six.
McConnell led the team in assists with 45.
Defensively, Burns racked up 82 digs in the match, led by McConnell with 22, Siegner 21 and Erika Bentz 20.
Long was the team leader in blocks, finishing with seven.
The Burns JV and freshmen / sophomore teams both won their matches in two games.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Hilanders took part in the Just in Time Tournament at Henley High School.
In pool play, the Hilanders split their first match with Bonanza 21-14, 17-21, split with Klamath Union 10-21, 21-14 and split with Henley 23-21, 19-21.
The first round in bracket play was a rematch with Henley, and Burns lost to the Hornets 25-14, 22-25, 12-15.
In their final match of the day, the Hilanders topped Klamath Union 25-12, 25-11 to finish third in the tournament.
The Hilanders play at Ridgeview on Thursday, Oct. 11.