The Southridge volleyball team played its best match of the young season, sweeping aside Kamiakin 25-17, 25-21, 25-19 on Tuesday.
The Suns, ranked No. 1 in the state by The Seattle Times, showed they are the team to beat in the Mid-Columbia Conference, easily dispatching the Braves, who opened league play 2-0.
Everything clicked for us tonight, John Lengphounpraseut said. The big plus was our blocking on the right side. Maddisen McNeill and Kylie (Fraga) stuff blocked on the right side very well.
McNeill, a sophomore, finished with six blocks for the Suns, while Jordan Mix added 15 kills and five digs.
Southridge is just playing really, really good defense, Kamiakin coach Mary Opitz said. They dug up a lot of stuff, they blocked really well. We just couldnt get into any kind of rhythm at all.
Andrea Stapletons six kills and two blocks led the Braves.
Set scores: 25-17, 25-21, 25-19. KamiakinAndrea Stapleton 6 kills, 2 blocks; Kaile Akker 6 kills; Katelynn Fullmer 15 assists; Nichole Lee 6 kills, 2 blocks, 8 digs; Rachel Leshikar 15 digs; Dani Burke 10x10 serve, 3 aces. SouthridgeJordan Mix 15 kills, 5 digs; Kimberly Brinkworth 14 kills, 3 blocks; Alyssa Palmer 7 kills, 7 digs; Maddisen McNeill 6 blocks; Kylie Fraga 5 kills, 36 assists; Makenna Behrens 19 digs; Rylee Russell 14 digs
Chiawana 3, Richland 0: The host Riverhawks earned their first Mid-Columbia Conference victory of the year thanks to a tremendous serving night.
Chiawana recorded 11 aces and served at 87 percent in the victory, which came on the heels of losses to Southridge and Kamiakin to open the league season.
We felt like we needed to have this one to believe that we should be in the top half of the league, Chiawana coach Jim Steach said. We served tough. It really gave them problems. We had them out of system all night.
Set scores: 25-14, 25-22, 25-8. RichlandHailey Turner 6 kills, 9 digs; Kamry Breard 5 kills, 3 digs; Taylor Moody 10 assists, 4 digs, 1 ace; Sarah McCormick 6 assists, 2 digs; Peyton Wahl 25 digs, 1 ace. ChiawanaShantelle Hill 15 kills, 12 digs; Megan Steach 9 kills, 2 aces; Delaney Hodgins 32 assists, 4 kills, 2 aces; Maddison Heine 4 kills, 3 aces; Emma Miles 12 digs, 2 aces.
Pasco 3, Kennewick 1: Carina Sullivans 23 assists led the Bulldogs to a Mid-Col road victory.
Kaylee Hagadorns 21 assists, 15 digs, eight kills and four aces led the Lions.
Set scores: 28-26, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20. PascoCatelyn Linke 9 kills; Carina Sullivan 23 assists; Ashlin Orosco 3 aces; Emma Gilmour 11 digs. KennewickKaylee Hagadorn 21 assists, 15 digs, 8 kills, 4 aces; Morgan Wilder 13 kills, 9 aces; Stephanie Buckingham 18 digs; Sarah Kohan 32 digs, 3 aces; Natilee Sanders 10 digs.
Walla Walla 3, Hanford 1: Kelly Wahl had 13 kills and nine blocks, but the Falcons came up short on the road in a Mid-Columbia Conference loss at Wa-Hi.
Set scores: 25-12, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23. HanfordKelly Wahl 13 kills, 9 blocks; Mikal Sanchez 9 kills; Abbi Smith 3 blocks; Elise Simunds 15 digs; Bailee Drussel 24 assists. Home teamleaders here.
Grandview 3, Othello 2: Taylor Hall had 16 kills and Samantha Grove 12, and the Greyhounds overcome a late dropoff to take a nonleague win off the visiting Huskies.
Set scores: 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 18-25, 15-3. Road teamleaders here. GrandviewEvann Swearingen 33 assists, 14 digs; Hannah Pond 5 aces, 4 kills, 14 digs; Samantha Grove 12 kills, 3 blocks; Taylor Hall 6 aces, 16 kills, 11 digs.
Prosser 3, Wapato 0: Allie Lamotte had six of the Mustangs 22 aces in a nonleague home victory.
Set scores: 25-10, 25-12, 25-14. ProsserKassidy Durbin 6 kills; Allie Lamotte 6 aces; Hailie Pederson 6 aces; team total of 22 aces; Taylor Meirndorf 17 assists
River View 3, Royal 1: Sadie Vasquez had five aces and 18 assists to lead the Panthers to a home victory in both teams SCAC East openers.
Set scores: 25-17, 25-18, 16-25, 25-17. River ViewSadie Vasquez 5 aces, 18 assists; McKenzie Smith 4 kills, 1 block; Hannah Weatherby 9 aces, 3 kills, 5 digs; Kaitlin Wilhelm 5 aces, 12 kills; Taylor Wallace 6 aces, 11 digs.
KIONA-BENTON 3, WARDEN 0: Meghan Phalen and Kyrsten Whitmore each had nine kills to lead the Bears to a victory over visiting Warden in the SCAC East opener for both teams.
Set scores: Kiona-Benton 25-11, 25-18, 25-22. Road teamleaders here. Kiona-BentonMonica Calzavillas 12, sr Meghan Phalen 9K, 11 digs, soph, Kyrsten Whitmore 9K.
Connell 3, Tri-Cities Prep 0: The Eagles picked up a nonleague sweep in Pasco, including winning a marathon second 32-30.
Jessica Hawkins and Savanna Egbert each had nine kills for Connell. Mary Hoppes had nine kills and 17 digs to lead the Jaguars in the loss.
Set scores: 25-13, 32-30, 25-19. ConnellDakota Olberding 14x14 serve; Courtney Colclasure 31 assists; Jessica Hawkins 9 kills; Savanna Egbert 9 kills. Tri-Cities PrepMary Hoppes 9 kills, 17 digs; Mary Seiner 13 digs; Francine Lahoz 12 digs.