Richland erases 0-2 deficit in volleyball victory over Central Valley

Craig Craker, Herald staff writerNovember 3, 2012 

Alisha Bettinson was experiencing a bad case of deja vu Saturday.

For a second consecutive year, she found herself on the bench as it appeared Central Valley would eliminate her Richland volleyball team in a Class 4A regional match.

This time, though, Bettinson was able to return to the court, scoring three of the final four points and helping lead the Bombers back to the Class 4A state tournament with an epic 22-25, 25-27, 25-20, 25-13, 15-12 victory at Richland High.

“It seemed like a flashback,” she said about last year when she missed the end of the season with a broken foot. “I just thought, ‘We’re not doing this again.’ I was so happy we won.”

This year, Bettinson wasn’t injured. Instead coach Bob Raidl sat her down for sets 3, 4 and most of 5, as he said she was trying to hard and was too amped up.

The new rotation worked, as Lauren Balone, Kelly Breard and Hailey Turner all helped rally the Bombers from the two set hole.

“I didn’t want to lose,” Breard said. “I really wanted to go to state and I knew we could fight. I thought if I could spark the team, get them energized we could do it.”

Breard and Balone did just that, recording many key kills to pull the Bombers even.

In the fifth set, though, Central Valley erased an early 3-0 hole and took a 9-7 lead and appeared poised to win another five-set thriller against Richland.

A few points later, Raidl put Bettinson back on the floor and his senior hitter did what she does best — dropped the hammer.

Bettinson pounded home a hill to put Richland on top 12-11. After a hitting error and a Breard kill, Bettinson again put down a big hit to put Richland on top 14-12. She then tipped the ball over for match point setting off a wild scene.

“It feels really good to be able to come off the bench and do that,” she said. “To be able to take control of the game, and not have any more back and forth.”

While Bettinson wasn’t too happy about being put on the bench initially, she quickly overcame any upset feelings in support of her teammates.

“I don’t care if I play, I want to win,” she said. “If they do a good and we win, that’s good. Having everyone else step up and get the job done is good.”

Raidl cited the play of Balone as being key for the Bombers, saying she came in and settled the team down. Once Richland tasted a bit of success, they played like the team that won the Mid-Columbia Conference regular season title.

“We are so strong 1-13,” Breard said. “You can put anyone almost anywhere and get the job done.”

Breard led the Bombers with eight kills, two blocks, 14 digs and three aces in the win against Central Valley. Turner added eight kills, three blocks and three digs, while Bettinson finished with nine kills, eight digs and a block.

Earlier in the day, the Bombers were swept by top-ranked Mead in the Class 4A Eastern Washington regional championship match. Mead earned the No. 1 seed to state with that victory.

Central Valley then rallied past Chiawana in five sets to eliminate the Riverhawks and set up the rematch with Richland.

Richland def. Central Valley: 22-25, 25-27, 25-20, 25-13, 15-12. Richland—Elizabeth Quick 6 kills, Peyton Wahl 5 aces, 23 digs; Victoria Long 5 kills, 3 blocks; Lauren Balone 1 kill, 1 ace, 7 digs; Kelly Breard 2 blocks, 8 kills, 3 aces, 14 digs; Alisha Bettinson 9 kills, 8 digs, 1 block; Macey Weitz 10 assists, 2 aces, 12 digs; Sarah McCormick 18 assists, 1 ace, 14 digs; Hailey Turner 8 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs.
Mead def. Richland 25-14, 25-14, 25-21. Richland—Quick 1 kill, 3 blocks, 2 digs; Wahl 15 digs; Long 2 kills, 3 blocks, 5 digs; Balone 1 kill, 2 blocks, 3 digs; Bettinson 6 kills, 2 aces, 13 digs; Weitz 7 assists, 7 digs; McCormick 9 assists, 6 digs; Turner 4 kills, 4 blocks, 5 digs.

CV 3, Chiawana 2: The Riverhawks went up 2 games to none but dropped the last three to the Bears in a season-ending loss at regionals.

“We had our chances in Game 3, but we never really got going,” said Chiawana coach Jim Steach. “We had match point in Game 4 but couldn’t get the ball down. I can’t remember how we evened it up.”

Central Valley won Game 5 15-14, going ahead 4-0 to start the game before the Hawks pulled even at 12. “The match came down to they made plays at the end, and we didn’t,” Steach said. “We had a great group that worked very hard.”

Set scores: CV 7-25, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-14. Chiawana—Chantel Hill 22 kills, 12 digs; Jamie Steach 39 assists, 6 kills, 7 aces; Delaney Hodgins 6 kills, 19 digs; Megan Steach 5 kills; Madison Powers 4 kills, 2 blocks; Maddie Heine 4 kills, 3 blocks.

3A regionals
Southridge earns state berth: The Suns earned their third state berth since 2006 with wins over Mid-Columbia Conference foes Kennewick and Kamiakin at the 3Aregional tournament in Spokane.

Emma Spurlock and Kimberly Brinkworth combined for 23 kills in a win over the Lions, and Spurlock led all hitters against the Braves with 14 kills.

“It was a great outing for us. Our girls came in very focused today. We just peaked at the right time,” Suns coach John Lengphounpraseut said. “Against Kamiakin, it could’ve gone either way in the second set (a 28-26 Southridge win), but by winning, that gave us a lot of momentum in Game 3.”

Kamiakin was led by Amanda Miller, who had 12 kills in a three-set loss to Mt. Spokane and nine kills against Southridge.

“I think we took Mt. Spokane by surprise. I think they were surprised by our blocking. That (loss) took the wind out of our sails a little,” Braves coach Mary Opitz said. “We had some great digs and good blocking. Our mids are gaining some great experience.”

Set scores: Mt. Spokane d. Kamiakin 25-23, 25-21, 25-17; lost to Southridge. Kamiakin—Jessica Edminster 17-18 serves, 8 digs, 18 assists; Amanda Miller 6-7 serves, 12 kills, 6 digs; Lindsey Schauble 12-13 serving; Hunter Durham 6-6 serving, 14 digs; Taylor Janicek 8-9 serving, 8 kills, 11 digs.
Set scores: Southridge d. Kamiakin 25-18, 28-26, 25-14. Kamiakin—Edminster 12-13 serving, 8 digs, 28 assists; Miller 15-17 serving, 9 kills, 17 digs; Janicek 6-7 serves, 11 kills, 9 digs; Durham 6-7 serves, 21 digs; Schauble 8-9 serves, 6 kills. Southridge—Emma Spurlock 14 kills, 11 digs; Kimberly Brinkworth 9 kills, 10 blocks; Alyssa Palmer 7 kills, 9 digs; Makenna Behrens 21 digs; Kylie Fraga 35 assists, 9 digs; Paige Thompson 4 kills, 5 blocks.

Southridge 3, Kennewick 0: Julie Maciboba’s Kennewick players managed to make the trip to Spokane, a day after learning they were back in action because University had to forfeit the previous week’s victory over the Lions after using an ineligible player.

“It was a whirlwind of a day, of a couple of days,” Maciboba said. “They were excited and grateful to have that second opportunity.”

Kelly Dyer had 21 digs, and Lizzy Ridley finished with 16 digs and seven kills for Kennewick.

Set scores: 25-16, 25-15, 25-14. Kennewick—Kelly Dyer 21 digs; Lizzy Ridley 16 digs, 7 kills; Carlee Rhodes 14 digs, 6 kills; Maddie Zinsli 8 digs, 20 assists. Southridge—Spurlock 12 kills; Brinkworth 11 kills, 6 blocks, 6 kills; Jordan Mix 8 kills, 9 digs; Palmer 6 kills, 22 digs; Behrens 20 digs; Fraga 37 assists, 7 digs.

1A districts

Connell going to state: The Eagles are headed back to state after erasing a 2-1 set deficit to beat Columbia-Burbank and then sweeping Warden in the consolation semifinals.

Michelle Schultz had 18 kills against Warden and 12 kills against the Coyotes, and setter Courtney Colclasure collected 82 assists before the team battled in their state seeding match, which went late into the evening.

“They have fought so hard as a team. They had state as a goal, and they weren’t going to let anything get in their way,” said Connell coach Kate Johnson. “It’s a strong bunch with great desire. They played with a lot of heart.”

Set scores: Connell d. Burbank 25-12, 19-25, 21-25, 35-33, 15-7 (Leaders—Savannah Egbert 17 digs, 15 kills, 3 blocks; Michelle Schultz 18 digs, 18 kills; Jessica Hawkins 10 digs, 13 kills; Courtney Colclasure 8 digs, 3 kills, 47 assists; Kennedy Whitby 10-10 serves, 2 aces, 5 digs.); Connell d. Warden 25-15, 25-16, 25-17 (leaders—Schultz 3 aces, 10 digs, 12 kills; Kylie Booker 12-12 serving, 2 aces, 8 blocks; Whitby 10-10 serving, 5 digs, 6 kills; Egbert 11-11 serving, 13 digs, 8 kills, 4 blocks; Colclasure 6 digs, 35 assists.)

Goldendale 3, Kiona-Benton 0: The Bears ended their season with a three-set sweep to the Timberwolves at the SCAC district tournament at Columbia Burbank.

Set scores: Gold 25-10, 25-6, 25-12. Kiona-Benton—Shanda Gunther 6-6 serving, 5 kills, 2 blocks; Kyrsten Whitmore 2 kills, 2 blocks; Jacky Calzadillas 7 assists.

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