Volleyball: Tri-Cities Prep earns first state berth

November 9, 2013 

The Tri-Cities Prep volleyball team went 2-1 at the District 7/9 Tournament on Saturday at Chiawana High to grab the first state berth in program history.

The Jaguars lost to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague in five sets in the opener, before bouncing back to sweep Dayton and Asotin.

“The first match was pretty rough,” Tri-Cities Prep coach Marcie Brown said. “We didn’t play that well, but we just moved on. They just wanted to go to state. They made it happen.”

Prep blew a 2-1 lead against LRS, falling 27-25, 13-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-8. They then beat Dayton 25-16, 25-14, 25-20, and Asotin 25-18, 25-18, 25-20. Katie Casazza’s 35 kills led the Jaguars on the day.

Tri-Cities Prep—Mary Hoppes 13 aces, 28 kills, 42 digs; Katie Casazza 35 kills; Corinne Barnett 26 kills; Danika Whitsett 79 assists; Francine Lahoz 55 digs

Chiawana swept: The Riverhawks lost a tough 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22 match against Mead and then went up against a Central Valley team at the top of its game and lost 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 to end its season.

“We just didn’t get it done,” Hawks coach Jim Steach said.

Chiawana lost the first game of the day against Mead 25-23, but fell victim to a bit of bad luck that could have turned the tables against the Hawks.

“I think it was game point. The ball got dug off the ceiling, and the (Mead) girl banged it off the floor, and we were like, ‘How’d that happen?’ ” Steach said. “I’m not sure she wasn’t in the net on the play.”

Chiawana won the next game 22-25 but lost the next two to set up an elimination match against Central Valley, which committed a lot of errors in a loss to Richland.

“We were trying to bounce back from the loss, but it seemed like maybe we weren’t ready to come out and play,” Steach said. “It seemed like everything they did in that match was golden.”

Despite the season-ending playoff sweep, Steach pointed to a strong record and a District 5 championship as positive elements in an overall solid season.

“We accomplished an awful lot when people weren’t looking at us. The only teams that beat us all year were teams ranked at state,” Steach said. “We showed our youth at some inopportune times, but it was a great season and a great group of girls.”

Mead wins 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, Chiawana—Shantelle Hill 18 kills, 11 digs; Kerry Gilmore 5 kills, 4 blocks; Madison Heine 4 kills, 4 blocks; Delaney Hodgins 36 assists; Megan Steach 5 kills, 2 aces.

Central Valley wins 25-15, 25-20, 25-22. Chiawana—S.Hill 13 kills, 9 digs; Gilmore 4 kills, 3 blocks; Steach 3 kills; Natasha Hill 3 kills; Hodgins 24 assists.

Kamiakin eliminated: The Braves came up short in their bid for the 3A state tournament, falling to University and Shadle Park in the regional tournament at Southridge.

Kamiakin dropped its semifinal 25-14, 17-25, 26-24, 25-20 to UHigh, and then lost in the third-place match to Shadle 18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22.

“The girls played really hard,” Kamiakin coach Mary Opitz said. “I’m real proud of how they played. They never gave up, just couldn’t quite pick up ... just didn’t finish sometimes.”

Amanda Miller had 32 kills and was 34-of-36 serving on the day, while Katelyn Fullmer had 63 assists and was 36-of-36 serving overall.

Regional semifinal

University def. Kamiakin

Set scores: 25-14, 17-25, 26-24, 25-20. Kamiakin—Amanda Miller 15 kills, 29 digs, 20-of-21 serving, 3 aces; Nicole Lee 10 kills, 17 digs; Lindsey Schauble 8 kills, 6 blocks, 10-of-10 serving, 2 aces; Katelyn Fullmer 30 assists, 18-of-18 serving; Rachel Leshikar 30 digs, 11-of-11 serving.

Third-place match

Shadle Park def. Kamiakin

Set scores: 18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22. Kamiakin—Miller 17 kills, 14-of-15 serving; Andrea Stapleton 9 kills, 4 blocks; Fullmer 33 assists, 18-of-18 serving, 1 ace; Kailee Akker 12-of-12 serving; Lindsey Schauble 5 digs.

Central Valley 3, Richland 1: Lexi Lacey had 12 kills and 11 digs, but it wasn’t enough as the Bombers season came to an end at the Class 4A regional tournament.

Set scores: 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23. Richland—Hailey Turner 12 kills, 8 digs; Peyton Wahl 34 digs; Lexi Lacey 12 kills, 11 digs; Macey Weitz 7 kills, 5 digs; Sarah McCormick 5 kills, 6 digs; Taylor Moody 10 assists, 5 digs.

SCAC District tournament: The Connell Eagles rallied to win the Class 1A District 5 tournament with a five-set thriller against Naches Valley in the championship match.

The Eagles (17-0) won 26-24, 22-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-10, dropping their first sets of the season.

Jessica Hawkins had 23 kills and 26 digs, while Savannah Egbert added 17 kills, 16 digs, three blocks and was 13-of-13 serving.

Set scores: 26-24, 22-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-10. Connell—Callie Ochoa 22 digs; Savannah Egbert 17 kills, 13-of-13 serving, 16 digs, 3 blocks; Courtney Colclasure 5 kills, 50 assists, 8 digs; Jessica Hawkins 23 kills, 26 digs

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