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Young players power Malheur County volleyball teams

Players for the Vale and Union volleyball teams go for the ball during a tournament hosted in La Grande on Aug. 25. (The La Grande Observer/Ronald Bond)

Malheur County high school volleyball teams are set to build on state playoff runs from last year or are rebuilding from tough campaigns in 2017.

3A Eastern Oregon League

VALE

After making an appearance at the state tournament last season and placing fifth in the 3A Conference, the Vale Vikings entered the 2018 season with a relatively young team.

“We’re really really young but with really great athletes,” said Coach Shannon Steele, who is in her 10th year of coaching. “We’re just looking forward to playing on the court. The girls have been working really hard.”

Steele expects the same teams . . .