Baker volleyball

Josie Lewis bumps the ball during Baker’s match against La Grande Thursday.

La Grande defended its Greater Oregon League volleyball title Thursday by defeating Baker 25-16, 25-16, 25-20 in the Baker gym.

The Tigers stand 5-0 in league play, and Baker 3-2 is in second place.

La Grande had little trouble with the Bulldogs Thursday, unlike when Baker visited La Grande earlier in the season. In that match, La Grande topped Baker 3-1.

La Grande coach Melinda Becker-Bisenius noted that the Tigers had only one serve error Thursday.

In the first set, La Grande broke a 4-4 tie behind the serving of Jayce Seavert to take an 8-5 edge.

La Grande then continued to add to the margin the rest of the game.

Set 2 was much the same with La Grande pulling away from a 4-4 tie and expanding its lead.

Set 3 was much closer as the teams played through nine ties before Baker took a 3-point lead.

La Grande stayed in range, finally catching the Bulldogs with Presley Justice serving.

When Justice got the serve Baker was leading 20-19. Justice then served the final six points for the match.

Baker closes its regular season at home Tuesday against Mac-Hi at 6:30 p.m. Baker beat the Pioneers in three sets on Oct. 1 at Milton-Freewater.

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