A big night from the middle has the Southridge Suns front and center in the Mid-Columbia Conference volleyball race.
Kimberly Brinkworth had 26 kills and four blocks, and Paige Thompson added nine kills and three blocks as the top-ranked Suns notched a 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21 win over the host Kamiakin Braves on Tuesday night to maintain a two-game lead in the MCC standings.
Our middle hitters did a great job tonight, said Southridge coach John Lengphounpraseut, noting Brinkworths astronomical .564 hitting percentage and Thompsons .389. Both Paige and Kimberly, those two stepped up and did a great job tonight on the offense.
Third-place Kamiakin likely was the final stumbling block to a league title for the Suns, with a finale against Chiawana in two weeks Southridges toughest remaining test.
With a win tonight, we pretty much have a clear shot at the conference, Lengphounpraseut said.
Amanda Miller led Kamiakin with 16 kills and 18 digs, while Rachel Leshikar had 28 digs, was 17-of-18 serving and had three aces.
I was real proud of the way my girls played, Kamiakin coach Mary Opitz said. They played much more relaxed. Southridge is a good team, they have a well-balanced group. They should do well the rest of the season and in the postseason and were hoping to be there with them.
Lengphounpraseut added heart-felt thanks to Kamiakin fans and personnel for helping raise money for Southridge sophomore coach Sal Dumo, who was diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago.
It was an emotional night at the gym, he said, and the Kamiakin coaching staff did a great job.
Set scores: 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21. SouthridgeKimberly Brinkworth 26 kills, .564 hitting, 4 blocks; Paige Thompson 9 kills, 3 blocks; Jordan Mix 8 kills, 12 digs; Alyssa Palmer 8 kills, 11 digs; Makenna Behrens 16 digs; Rylee Russell 13 digs; Kylie Fraga 44 assists, 11 digs, 2 aces. KamiakinAmanda Miller 16 kills, 18 digs; Nicole Lee 11 kills; Dani Burke 26 assists, 12-of-12 serving; Rachel Leshikar 28 digs, 17-of-18 serving, 3 aces; Lindsey Schauble 7 kills, 12 digs, 11-of-12 serving, 1 ace; Kaile Akker 5 blocks, 13-of-14 serving, 2 aces
Kenenwick 3, Pasco 1: Morgan Wilder had 12 kills and four blocks to lead the Lions to a four-set Mid-Columbia Conference road victory against the Bulldogs.
Ashlyn Orosco and Catelin Linke combined for 21 kills for the Bulldogs.
Set scores: 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23. KennewickMorgan Wilder 12K, 4B; Kaylee Hagadorn 8K, 26 assisst, 12 digs; Julisa Gonzalez 16 digs, 5K, 3 aces; Sarah Kohan 34 digs; Stephanie Buckingham 11 digs; Natilee Sanders 10 digs, 5 aces. PascoAshlyn Orosco 11 kills; Catelin Linke 10 kills; Victoria Estes 25 assists.
Chiawana 3, Richland 0: Delaney Hodgins had 33 assists and two kills to lead the Riverhawks to a Mid-Columbia Conference sweep of the host Bombers.
Peyton Wahl had five kills, 16 digs and an ace for Richland.
Set scores: 25-17, 25-22, 25-20. ChiawanaShantelle Hill 18 kills, 11 digs; Maddison Heine 5 kills, 2 aces; Delaney Hodgins 33 assists, 2 kills; Natasha Hill 6 kills; Megan Steach 3 kills, 6 aces. RichlandHailey Turner 7 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks; Peyton Wahl 5 kills, 16 digs, 1 ace; Sarah McCormick 9 digs, 8 assists, 2 aces; Taylor Moody 12 assists, 4 digs.
Pendleton 3, Hermiston 0: Bethanie Nelson had six kills and Shelby Sanders four blocks, but it wasnt enough as the Bulldogs lost to the Buckaroos in a Columbia River Conference match.
Set scores: 25-21, 25-15, 25-16. HermistonBethanie Nelson 6 kills; Brea Kestler 12 assists; Shelby Sanders 4 blocks; Noa Ena 17 digs.
Prosser 3, Ephrata 0: Haylie Pederson had 12 kills and Rachel Harle 32 digs and four aces to lead the Mustangs to the CWAC win at home.
Set scores: 26-24, 25-23, 25-10. ProsserHaylie Pederson 12 kills; Rachel Harle 32 digs, 4 aces; Brooke Haringa 18 digs; Alie Lamotte 8 kills; Taylor Meirndorf 24 assists.
Columbia (Burbank) 3, River View 2: After dropping the first two sets, the Panthers rallied back behind the serving of Katie Wilhelm and Kayla Wallace to win sets 3 and 4.
Wilhelm also had seven kills, while Hannah Weatherby added six for the Panthers.
Set scores: 25-16, 25-9, 22-25, 13-25, 15-7. River ViewCalley Hagen 10 assists, 3 aces; McKenzie Smith 3K, 4B; Hannah Weatherby 6K; Katie Wilhelm 9 aces, 7K; Kayla Wallace 10 aces, 5 digs. Columbia-Burbankleaders here.
Connell 3, Wahluke 0: Jessica Hawkins was 26-of-27 serving with 12 aces and eight digs as the Eagles swept the Warriors in an SCAC East match.
Set scores: 25-4, 25-12, 25-13. ConnellJessica Hawkins 26-of-27 serving, 12 aces, 8 digs; Savannah Egbert 9 kills, 15-of-17 serving, 10 aces; Dakota Olberding 6 kills; Kylie Booker 11-of-11 serving, 3 aces.
Tri-Cities Prep 3, Dayton 1: Francine Lahoz had 31 digs as the Jaguars knocked off the visiting Bulldogs in Southeast 2B action.
Set scores: 25-6, 16-25, 25-10, 25-21. Tri-Cities PrepDanika Whitsett 21 assists, 5 aces; Francine Lahoz 31 digs; Mary Hoppes 13 kills, 14-of-14 service