HRV volleyball beats Pendleton for first time in three years

Hard-fought game goes to four sets

Eagles volleyball got off to a roaring start to their league schedule Tuesday night, when they defeated the Pendleton Buckaroos in a hard-fought game at Vannet Court that went to four sets. Coach Scott Walker said it was the first time HRV had beaten Pendleton in three years.

HRV put the Buckaroos in a bad position early in the match with a pair of dominant opening sets, winning the first 25-16 and the second by a score of 25-12. However, Pendleton rallied with a decisive 25-14 win in the third set.

“After running away with the first two games, Pendleton really made it a match, playing some great defense and serving the ball well,” Walker said. “They had us down 9-1 in the third game and ran off a string of points that we never recovered from. Couple that with a bunch of serving and hitting errors, and we lost momentum.”

Again, HRV found itself in a bad position in the fourth set, but battled back late to take the final set by a score of 25-23.

“(I’m) really proud of the girls for getting down late in Game 4 and gutting it out,” Walker said.

On a night where Walker said his team “passed the ball really well,” junior libero and outside hitter Rebecca Johnston led the way for HRV with 18 perfect passes and 25 digs defensively. From the service line, junior setter/right side hitter Bianca Badillo had five aces, and Walker added that he was “really impressed with Bianca’s game in net,” as she was moved to the middle blocker position and responded well with five kills and only a single hitting error.

Sophomore OH Shae Duffy led the team offensively with 10 kills (in addition to four aces), fellow sophomore OH Kennedy James had eight, and frosh OH/MB Katie Kennedy added seven. Emily Curtis, a first-year setter, had 26 assists on offense, and Walker also sang the praises of junior setter Lorena Johnson who “was really impressive setting half a rotation and getting four assists on only eight sets.”

HRV has the week off (from games, that is) and will be back again Tuesday to host another league game — this time, against the Hermiston Bulldogs at 7 p.m.

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