A Good Start Has Weston-McEwen Optimistic About The 2022 Season

Athena — When your only loss in your first four games was a four-set drop to the defending 1A champions, that’s a pretty good start to a new season. Playing in one of 2A’s best conferences, the Weston-McEwen Tigerscots are kicking up momentum to start 2022, centering themselves around a core of senior leaders on the floor that look to carry them back to the 2A playoffs for the first time since 2019. Here is a deeper look into a dark horse Weston-McEwen squad, who might make a run at the Blue Mountain Conference title this season.

For the Tigerscots, their core senior group consists of Luna Dennett, Lily Lindsey, and Genevieve Robinson. In terms of production, this trio is led by Robinson and Lindsey, both of whom serve as offensive staples and Robinson has a defensive power to her game as well. Robinson leads the team with 32 kills through the first four games, posting 10 blocks to go along with her kill count thus far. With Robinson’s 6’1″ size, she is always an obstacle for opponents to navigate when trying to attack offensively. Lindsey is second on the squad with 24 kills so far in four games, but she is also an all-around workhorse, posting 18 aces this season including eight against North Douglas on Saturday and compiling 66 digs as well for the Tigerscots. While she might not bug your eyes out in numbers, Dennett is still a key role player on the floor for Weston-McEwen. She does her job on the floor, posting 21 kills on the season, and will pull out a few digs when you need her to.

Once you leave the senior group, a few names stand out as key girls that could have breakout seasons in 2022. One of those girls is Sophomore Delaynee Angell, who has emerged as a master of the ace in the early games of the season, posting 17 aces while posting 7 kills. Given her youth, she’ll eventually get her turn as a main staple on the outside, but right now she is finding a role as a threat to drop some aces. Junior Libero Lirian Holden is a defensive specialist, tallying 52 digs to this point in the season, including 27 against Imbler on Thursday. Finally, the setting duo of Addison Perkins and Kylie Thornton have also been working to position the team for opportunities, with Thornton leading the team at 43 assists this season for the Tigerscots. Junior captain Perkins is only one assist behind Thornton at 42 for the season, giving Weston-McEwen depth in the setting department and an interchangeable threat. Perkins has also added up five blocks this season defensively, showing potential on the defensive end of things aside from digs.

The 2022 Blue Mountain Conference season looks wider open than originally thought, with Grant Union showing struggles early on and Heppner surprising with their scrappy performance in John Day over the weekend. The jury is out on Stanfield until they play their first games, and with Union departed to Class 1A, Weston-McEwen has as good of a shot as any of those teams to win the conference in 2022. Come late in the fall season, those conference pairings are going to be lit and very entertaining out in Eastern Oregon.

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