Down two sets to Eastside Catholic, the Kamiakin Braves rallied for a 24-26, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-8 victory Tuesday over the host Crusaders and punched their ticket to the Class 3A state volleyball tournament.
The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at Toyota Center. The Braves will open against Gig Harbor at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
In the 4A tournament, Richland will take on Graham-Kapowsin at 9:45 a.m.
Against Eastside Catholic, Leanna Shymanski had 20 kills and four blocks, while Allison Stapleton had 11 kills and 20 digs, Carlee Rowell 10K and six blocks, and Maddy Eerkes 49 assists.
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Set scores: Kamiakin 24-26, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-8. Kamiakin: Allison Stapleton 11K, 1B, 20 digs; Carlee Rowell 10K, 6B, 4 digs; Daryn Lutes 21 digs; Jill Sands 3K, 17 digs; Leanna Shymanski 20K, 4B, 5 digs; Madison Judy 6 aces, 8K, 19 digs, Maddy Eerkes 49 assts, 10 digs.
Three Falcons scored goals and three others had assists as Hanford beat Kennedy 3-1 at home to advance to the second round of the 4A state tournament.
“It was a good team effort. A lot of people got involved, which is really good,” Hanford coach Kaylie Winston said.
Hanford will host Kentridge on Saturday.
Scoring: K, Cameryn MacKenzie G. H, Anabel Lin G; Jessica Maher G; Sadie Newsom G; Dani Mendoza A; Taylor Matheny A; Tory Romero A. Shots: K 10, H 20. Saves: K, Jaclyn Seifert 7. H, Kelsee Winston 5; Gabbie Turner 1.
▪ The Kiona-Benton girls soccer team suffered just its second loss of the season, falling 5-0 to Seattle Academy in the first round of the 1A state tournament in Benton City. The Bears finish the season 17-2.
Defending 1A/2A/3A state champion Hanford took second at the Moses Lake Invitational at Lake Bowl, posting a team score of 2,424.
Sara Harris led the Falcons with a 193 average over two regular games and four Baker games.
Eastmont won the invitational with a team total of 2,424, and Eisenhower took third with 2,128. Chiawana took sixth in the 20-team field, and Pasco took seventh.
Pacific University senior Jamie Steach (Chiawana) was selected to the all-Northwest Conference volleyball team.
Steach, a setter, was named honorable mention after she posted 899 assists in her final season to lead Pacific, which finished 14-12 overall.