VOLLEYBALL: Southridge advances to 3A semifinals

November 9, 2012 

With nary a senior on the roster, the Southridge volleyball team may be ahead of schedule, but the Suns’ timing was perfect Friday.

Junior setter Kylie Fraga supported a diverse offense with 84 assists on the day as the Suns overwhelmed first Timberline (25-18, 25-12, 17-25, 25-20) and then Glacier Peak (25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20) at the Class 3A state tournament in Lacey.

“We have a blanced offensive attack, and that’s the big difference for us this year,” said Southridge coach John Lengphounpraseut.

Alyssa Palmer, Emma Spurlock, Jordan Mix, Kimberly Brinkworth and Paige Thompson all had solid games at the net for the Suns, who will play North Thurston in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. today.

“This is the first time ever that we made it this far,” said Lengphounpraseut, noting that the Suns have never brought home a state trophy. “We’re guaranteed at worst fourth place. We’re going to bring home some hardware — hopefully it will be a big one.”

Set scores: def. Timberline 25-18, 25-12, 17-25, 25-20; def. Glacier Peak 25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20. vs. Timberline—Alyssa Palmer 12 kills, 9 digs; Emma Spurlock 10 kills, 5 digs; Jordan Mix 8 kills, 15 digs; Kimberly Brinkworth 7 kills, 8 blocks; Makenna Behrens 20 digs; Rylee Russell 14 digs; Kylie Fraga 38 assists, 7 digs. vs. Glacier Peak—Palmer 14 kills, 15 digs; Spurlock 14 kills, 5 digs; Brinkworth 10 kills, 7 blocks; Paige Thompson 8 kills, 6 blocks; Behrens 31 digs; Fraga 46 assists, 11 digs; Mix good defense.

RICHLAND GOES 1-1: The Richland girls bounced back after a first-round loss at the 4A state tournament to defeat Lake Stevens in four sets. That means the Bombers play at 9:45 a.m. today.

Richland opened the tournament by losing in three to Puyallup.

“I think we just didn’t make plays (in that first game),” said Richland coach Bob Raidl. “When we needed to the place was really loud, and they were nervous. Being nervous just put us over the top.”

But after that first match, Raidl said his players settled down.

“The players got together afterthat first match and talked a little bit,” said Raidl. “They tried to refocus and put them out of their minds, after the first set we played well.”

Alisha Bettinson led the Bombers with 25 kills on the day. The victory was the first in program history at state.

Set scores: lost to Puyallup 25-17, 25-17, 25-23; def. Lake Stevens 12-25, 25-17, 25-22, 27-25. vs. Puyallup—Liz Quick 4 kills, 5 blocks; Tori Long 2 kills, 5 blocks; Kelly Breard 4 kills, 4 digs; Alicia Bettinson 6 kills, 1 block, 9 digs; Hailey Turner 4 kills, 4 block; Sarah McCormick 10 assists, 7 digs; Macey Weitz 7 assists, 5 digs; Peyton Wahl 1 kill, 1 ace, 10 digs. vs. Lake Stevens—Quick 7 kills, 8 blocks; Wahl 4 assists, 26 digs; Tori Long 1 kill, 2 digs; Kelly Breard 7 kill 2 aces, 9 digs; Alicia Bettinson 19 kills, 3 aces, 23 digs; Brittany Moore 1 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs; Grace Smith 6 blocks; Hailey Turner 7 kills, 1 ace, 4 blocks, 3 digs; Sarah McCormick 18 assists, 13 digs; Weitz 16 assists, 6 digs.

Connell splits: Michelle Schultz had 10 kills and 12 digs and Kylie Booker had a strong all-around game to lead the Eagles to a win in their Class 1A first-round match.

However, Connell was overpowered by title contender Castle Rock in its second match and faces a loser-out match at 9 a.m. today against Granger.

“We’re (playing in) the best of 16 teams, four teams are going home and we’re not one of them,” said Eagles coach Kate Johnson. “That’s a huge accomplishment of itself.”

Set scores: def. Life Christian 25-13, 25-10, 26-24; lose to Castle Rock 25-7, 25-8, 25-12. Connell vs. Life Christian—Kylie Booker 25x25 serve, 9 aces, 2 digs, 3 kills, 6 stuff-blocks; Michelle Schultz 12 digs, 10 kills; Savannah Egbert 10x10 serve, 2 aces, 6 digs, 2 assists, 8 kills, block; Kennidi Whitby 7x7 serve, 1 ace, 2 digs, 3 kills; Jessica Hawkins 3 digs, 6 kills; Courtney Cloclasure 9 digs, 29 assists. Connell vs. Castle Rock—Schultz 5x5 serve, 1 dig, 2 kills; Colclasure 5x5 serve, 6 digs, 11 assists; Booker 2 blocks, 3x3 serve; Kaitlynn Kleinbach 5 digs; Egbert 1 ace, 7 digs, 1 kill.

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