It was just a matter of time before coach Brandy Sonderland had the Kennewick volleyball program up and running.
Tuesday, the Lions knocked off perennial powerhouse Kamiakin (2-1) on the road in five sets for their first Mid-Columbia Conference win in more than a year.
“It’s rewarding to get a win like this and see their efforts pay off,” Sonderland said. “To do it in their gym — they have some rowdy fans — I am unbelievably proud.”
Brianna Shaffer led the Lions (1-2) with 25 kills, while Monica Kaylor had 11 kills, six blocks and 14 digs, and Madeline Gebers 40 assists.
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“We have been competing and we were finally able to finish it,” Sonderland said. “It was the most consistent match we have played. They are a focused group and ready to take care of business.”
Delaney Frame led the Braves with 13 kills, while Janessa Pearson and Jenna Clark each added 11 kills and Maddy Eerkes 51 assists.
Set scores: Kennewick 25-23, 25-23, 14-25, 19-25, 15-5. Kennewick: Brianna Shaffer 25K, 9 digs; Monica Kaylor 11K, 2 aces, 14 digs, 6B; Madeline Gebers 40 assts, 9 digs, 2B. Kamiakin: Daryn Lutes 12 digs; Delaney Frame 13K, 6 digs; Janessa Pearson 1 ace, 11K, 1B, 13 digs; Jenna Clark 2 aces; 11K, 1B, 16 digs; Katelin Grant 3K, 4B, 1 dig; Maddy Eerkes 51 assts; 10 digs; Megan Massey 22 digs.
RICHLAND 3, SOUTHRIDGE 0: Lindsay Rosenthal pounded down 16 kills, and Jordanne Bauder added six kills and 15 assists to help the Bombers (3-0) stay undefeated in MCC play with a sweep of the Suns.
“I think that our passing was pretty solid except for a brief letdown in Set 2,” Richland coach Bob Raidl said. “Sarah McKenna really has stepped up her passing of late and that takes the pressure off some of the other passers.”
Sophia Sumner had nine kills to lead Southridge (1-2), which also got 13 assists and seven digs from Kennedy Conrad.
“We made too many unforced errors,” Suns coach John Lengphounpraseut said. “The second set, we were right in it, then we had three service errors that set us back.”
Set scores: Richland 25-13, 25-21, 25-10. Southridge: Sophia Sumner 9K, 7 digs; Bobbi Newton 4K; Ashlyn Dupuis 4K, 8 digs; Kennedy Conrad 13 assts, 7 digs; Shayla Hood 7 digs. Richland: Lindsay Rosenthal 16K, 5 digs; Jordanne Bauder 15 assts, 6K; Abby Sorensen 16 assts, 6 digs, 3K.
WALLA WALLA 3, CHIAWANA 0: Emma Wenzel had seven kills and Hannah Hair added six kills and four blocks as the Blue Devils swept the visiting Riverhawks in MCC action.
“Walla Walla controlled the top of the net and blocked the heck out of us,” Chiawana coach Jim Steach said. “They are tough. They are going to beat a lot of people.”
Kylie Thorne and Alaina Scott each had five kills for the Riverhawks (0-3).
Set scores: Walla Walla 25-20, 25-13, 25-15. Chiawana: Kylie Thorne 5K; Alaina Scott 5K; McKenna Kaelber 16 assts; Marissa Logozzo 13 digs. Walla Walla: Emma Wenzel 7K, 4 aces; Hannah Hair 6K, 4B; Jordan Wicklund 17 assts; Noelani Helm 12 assts, 2 aces, 5K; Lauren Hoe 10 digs; Emily Dimino 10 digs.
HANFORD 3, PASCO 0: The Falcons used consistent serving and a strong net game to sweep the host Bulldogs in MCC play.
“I am very excited with how they are playing,” Hanford coach Nichelle Meador said of her team. “We started slow, but we were able to pick it up and not worry about what was going on on the other side of the net.”
Caylee Shelton led the Falcons with nine kills and six aces, while Kaitlyn Thompson had 21 assists and three aces.
Natalie Hall led Pasco with nine kills, and Bella Gutierrez handed out 20 assists.
Set scores: Hanford 25-18, 25-17, 25-18. Hanford: Caylee Shelton 9K, 8 digs, 6 aces; Macy Jensen 7K, 2B, 15 digs, 3 aces; Kaitlyn Thompson 21 assts, 7 digs, 3 aces. Pasco: Angelica Guzman 28 digs; Natalie Hall 9K; Hannah Jolley 5K, 2 aces; Bella Gutierrez 20 assts.
SELAH 3, PROSSER 0: Leah Blakney had seven kills and 10 blocks, but it wasn’t enough as the host Mustangs fell to the Vikings in CWAC action.
Ashley Ripplinger added six kills and nine blocks for Prosser, which will play at Grandview on Thursday.
Set scores: Selah 25-20, 25-16, 25-20. Prosser: Leah Blakney 7K, 10B; Ashley Ripplinger 6K, 9B; Kylie Colson 7K; Haley Meirndorf 6B; Brandi Groeneveld 10 digs; Kayla 17 assts, 10 digs.
GRANDVIEW 3, TOPPENISH 0: Bailey Duis had 13 kills and the Greyhounds picked up a CWAC road win over the Wildcats.
Set scores: Grandview 25-19, 25-20, 25-18. Grandview: Bailey Duis 13K, 6 aces; Sydney Hamm 2K, 8 assts; Karina Fajardo 13 digs, 4 aces.
RIVER VIEW 3, WAHLUKE 0: Aaliyah Anderson had five kills, and Camryn Clayton dished up five service aces as the Panthers made quick work of the Warriors in Mattawa.
River View, 2-0 in SCAC play, will host Kiona-Benton on Thursday.
Set scores: River View 25-14, 25-15, 25-12. River View: Teresa Rojas 11 digs; Aaliyah Anderson 5K; Camryn Clayton 5 aces; Natalia Aguilara 6 assts.
CONNELL 3, WARDEN 0: Dakota Egbert had eight kills and Makenna Price handed out 20 assists as the Eagles swept the visiting Cougars in SCAC play.
Connell (2-0) will play Thursday at Columbia-Burbank.
Set scores: Connell 25-13, 25-20, 25-19. Connell: Heather Hawkins 6K, 8-8 serving; Dakota Egbert 8K; Halli Whitby 3K, 20-20 serving; Kierra Brandt 4 aces; Makenna Price 20 assts.
KIONA-BENTON 3, COLUMBIA-BURBANK 1: Mihaela Edwards, who sat out a match last week with a strained neck, returned to the court with 13 kills, nine blocks and 26 digs as the host Bears beat the Coyotes in four sets in SCAC play.
Ki-Be (1-1) also got five aces and 18 assists from Nya Calzadillas, and 22 digs from Ginna Wattenburger.
Jordan O’Connor had eight kills and two aces for Burbank.
Set scores: Kiona-Benton 25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 25-7. Columbia-Burbank: Jordan O’Connor 8K, 13-14 serving, 2 aces; Ryah Small 4K, 13-13 serving; Lauren O’Brien 9 assts, 11-11 serving. Kiona-Benton: Mihaela Edwards 13K, 9B; 26 digs; Maloree Calzadillas 9K, 19-19 serving, 3 aces, 18 digs, 7 assts; Nya Calzadillas 6K, 21-22 serving, 5 aces, 18 assts; Gabby Edwards 19-22 serving, 8 aces, 21 digs; Ginna Wattenburger 22 digs, 13-14 serving.
TRI-CITIES PREP 3, LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 0: Nicole Carey served 16 points and Hannah DeSmet added 11 points and 23 assists as the Jaguars beat the Patriots in EWAC action in Richland.
Makenzy Dysland led Liberty Christian with nine kills, four aces, and eight digs in the Patriots’ season opener.
Set scores: Tri-Cities Prep 25-11, 25-15, 25-20. Tri-Cities Prep: Emily Dickson 8K, 10 digs; Claire Dilly 16 digs; Elsie Dilly 5 points, 2 aces, 4K, 8 digs; Gia Ghirardo 8 points, 5K, 7 digs; Nicole Carey 10 digs; 16 points, 3 aces, 4K; Hannah DeSmet 11 points, 2 aces; 23 assts. Liberty Christian: Makenzy Dysland 9K, 4 aces, 8 digs; Maddie Godwin 4K; Abby Croskrey 4K, 10 assts; Natalie Barber 10 digs..