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NYSSA – As the Nyssa Bulldogs and Irrigon Knights volleyball teams warmed up in the Nyssa gym, both teams realized one thing-the winner would go on to play Vale in the district tournament while the losing squad would see the season come to an end.
It will be Nyssa on the road to Burns on Saturday to meet up with the Vale Vikings as the Bulldogs downed the Knights, 3-0 in the first round of the Eastern Oregon League tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Nyssa.
The second set proved closer, much closer. The Knights led early in the second set before the Bulldogs rebounded and went up 16-8. Irrigon’s Esmerelda DeLoera took to the service line and pulled the Knights to within two points at 16-14. The Knights stayed close throughout the end of the second set, but Nyssa ultimately was able to grab a 25-23 second set victory.
Irrigon again started the third set strong, leading early. The Bulldogs took the lead at the 8-7 mark and never looked back. A tap over the net by Johns provided Nyssa a 25-20 third set win and the match.
Irrigon ends the season with a 4-6 Eastern Oregon League record and a 5-13 overall record. The Knights will start next year without the services of seniors Paola Carmona and Torie Player.