by Randy Parks
The Burns volleyball team won two of three pool play matches, and then lost in the first round of bracket play, at the Sisters Invitational Satuday, Sept. 21.
In the opening match, the Hilanders lost to Cascade 11-21, 21-18.
Burns had 12 kills in the match, led by Catherine Clemens with five and Kaylea Friedrichsen with four.
Mariah Ribeiro finished with six assists, and Carli Feist added four.
Burns had nine blocks, led by Madison Carson with six, and Kylee Fisher led the team in digs with eight.
The Hilanders bounced back in their second match, beating Henley 21-15, 21-13.
Clemens again led the team in kills with 11, and Ribeiro finished with 16 assists.
Carson had eight blocks, and Fisher and Madison Woodworth each had eight digs.
Burns faced Seaside in their third match, and came away with a 21-14, 21-7 win.
The Hilanders knocked down 17 kills, led by Friedrichsen with five and Taylor Crafts with four.
Ribeiro had eight assists, and Feist three. Clemens and Abby Nonnenmacher led the team in blocks with three apiece, and Clemens recorded seven of the team’s 22 digs.
Following pool play, the Hilanders went into the Gold bracket seeded sixth, and faced a rematch with third-seeded Cascade.
The Hilanders came up short against the Cougars, losing 19-25, 17-25.
Burns had 15 kills in the match, including seven by Clemens.
Feist was the team leader in assists with six and Ribeiro had five.
Carson came up with six blocks, while Clemens and Crafts each had four, and Fisher was the team leader in digs with six.
It took four games, but the Hilanders downed Ontario 25-22, 17-25, 25-14, 25-20, in a non-conference match Thursday, Sept. 19.
The Hilanders recorded 35 kills in the match, led by Clemens with 12, Carson with nine and Friedrichsen six.
Ribeiro finished with 24 assists, and Feist led the team with three aces.
Defensively, Carson had five of the team’s seven blocks, and Fisher came up with 20 digs.
Burns picked up two wins on Tuesday, Sept. 17, defeating Eastern Oregon League (EOL) opponent Umatilla in three games, and then sweeping Grant Union in non-conference action.
The Hilanders improved to 2-0 in EOL play with a 25-17, 25-14, 25-13 victory over the Vikings.
Clemens led the offense with seven kills, while Megan Lee and Friedrichsen each added four.
Ribeiro had 21 assists in the match.
Clemens led the team with five blocks.
Burns recorded 35 digs, led by Fisher with 13 and Woodworth with 10.
In the second match of the day, the Hilanders beat the Prospectors 25-17, 25-22, 25-21.
Burns took control of the first game early, getting out to a 14-7 lead, and not allowing G.U. to get any closer than three throughout the game.
The Prospectors scored the first three points of the second game, but after a sideout, the Hilanders’ Feist served six straight points, including two aces, to give Burns the lead.
Leading 24-19, the Hilanders surrendered three points before getting the game-winner.
The third game saw the two teams trade the lead several times before Burns went up 19-18, and added two more points to go up by three. Grant Union got back to within one at 21-20, but couldn’t close the gap, and the Hilanders picked up the victory.
Clemens and Carson led the team in kills with seven and five, respectively.
Ribeiro had another solid match, handing out 20 assists.
Clemens had five blocks and 14 digs, and Woodworth ended with 12 digs.
Burns continues with EOL play Thursday, Sept. 26, when they host Vale. The frosh/soph match starts at 4 p.m., followed by JV and varsity.