Chiawana coach Jim Steach was disappointed in his team’s serving Tuesday night. Thursday, he sang its praises.
McKenna Kaelber went 27 of 28 from the service with seven aces, helping the Riverhawks to a 25-17, 25-13, 25-17 Mid-Columbia Conference win over Kamiakin.
“We gave them fits from the service line,” said Steach, whose team is 2-2 on the season. “We had two rough outings (against Richland and Walla Walla), but they are two of the best teams in the league. It was a matter of regaining confidence, cutting down on errors and putting pressure on them. They were having a lot of fun out there.”
Mareessa Hill led the Riverhawks (1-3) with nine kills, while Kylie Thorne added eight and Yaneli Garcia six.
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Kamiakin (2-2) got eight kills from Delany Frame and 15 assists and nine digs from Maddy Eerkes.
Set scores: Chiawana 25-17, 25-13, 25-17. Kamiakin: Delany Frame 8K, 2 aces, 7 digs, 1B; Jenna Clark 3K, 6 digs; Kourtney Collins 2K, 2B, 4 digs; Maddy Eerkes 15 assts, 9 digs, 1B; Megan Massey 17 digs. Chiawana: McKenna Kaelber 22 asst, 7 aces, 27-28 serving; Mareessa Hill 9K, 6 digs; Kylie Thorne 8K, 2B; Yaneli Garcia 6K, 5B; Marissa Logozzo 13-14 serving, 2 aces, 23 digs.
HANFORD 3, SOUTHRIDGE 1: Caylee Shelton had 18 kills and Kaitlyn Thompson handed out 46 assists as the Falcons beat the Suns on the road in MCC action.
“I am so proud of how the girls have been battling,” Hanford coach Nichelle Meador said. “The Suns have a really good defense and served well tonight. They’re a tough team and I’m proud of my girls for finishing strong.”
Sophia Sumner led Southridge with 21 kills, while Shayla Hood had 36 digs and was 18-of-18 from the service line.
“We looked good at times, but we made too many unforced errors,” Suns coach John Lengphounpraseut said. “The one bright spot was after we got down, they had the heart to fight back.”
Set scores: Hanford 25-23, 25-22, 25-27, 25-17. Hanford: Caylee Shelton 18K, 15 digs; Teagan Gust-Townsend 8K, 2B, 5 digs; Macy Jensen 10K, 21 digs, 2 aces; Sarah Ellis 3K; Kaitlyn Thompson 46 assts, 6 digs, 3B. Southridge: Sophia Sumner 21K, 12 digs; Shayla Hood 36 digs, 18-18 serving; Kennedy Conrad 42 assts; Ashlyn Dupuis 13K, 12 digs; Bobbi Newton 8K; Kate Ellsworth 4K; Sarah Malone 8 digs.
RICHLAND 3, WALLA WALLA 1: Lindsay Rosenthan had 18 kills for the the Bombers, who eked out an MCC victory over the visiting Blue Devils to remain atop the league at 4-0.
“WaHi blocked well and didn’t give us any easy points,” Richland coach Bob Raidl said. “It was good to compete against such a good team before heading to the SunDome this weekend.”
Walla Walla (2-2) got 11 kills and 17 digs from Kamryn Coleman, while Noelani Helm added nine kills, 15 assists and 11 digs.
“Richland won a hard-fought match,” Wa-Hi coach Tracy Rotert said. “Their passing and defense was amazing; they got balls up we thought had to go down. Our girls played well all around, but we let Richland go on too many runs, which they were able to capitalize on. I’m really proud of their overall play and desire to play fantastic volleyball.”
Set scores: Richland 25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 27-25. Walla Walla: Kamryn Coleman 11K, 17 digs; Noelani Helm 9K, 15 assts, 11 digs, 3B; Hannah Hair 9K, 6B; Emily Dimino 19 digs. Richland: Lindsay Rosenthal 18K, 12 digs; Sage Brustad 14K; Jordanne Bauder 9K, 27 assts, 18 digs; Abby Sorensen 8L, 16 assts; Lainie Lacey 48 digs.
PROSSER 3, GRANDVIEW 1: The Mustangs got 16 kills and seven blocks from Ashley Ripplinger in a CWAC road victory over the Greyhounds.
Bailey Duis led Grandview with 10 kills and 11 digs.
Set scores: Prosser 25-10, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19. Prosser: Ashley Ripplinger 16K, 7B; Kylie Colson 12K; Jenna Schnellbach 16 digs, 6K, 3 aces; Leah Blakney 8B, 6K, 6 aces; Brandi Groeneveld 15 digs; Kayla Lind 39 assts, 12 digs. Grandview: Bailey Duis 10K, 11 digs; Karina Fajardo 6K, 7 digs; Alexandra Garcia 16 assts; Marin Bender 5K, 6 digs.
CONNELL 3, COLUMBIA-BURBANK 1: Heather Hawkins had a monster night with 18 kills and five blocks to lead the Eagles to an SCAC East road win over the Coyotes.
Burbank (1-2), which won the first set, got 17 kills and seven blocks from Jordan O’Connor.
Connell (3-0) will host River View on Tuesday.
Set scores: Connell 22-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-22. Connell: Heather Hawkins 18K, 5B, 17 digs, 17-17 serving; Halli Whitby 8K, 2B; Dakota Egbert 6K, 15 digs, 12-12 serving; Makenna Price 37 assts, 10 digs; Kierra Brandt 13-13 serving, 3 aces. Columbia-Burbank: Jordan O’Conner 17K, 7B; Ryah Small 6K, 7B; Lauren O’Brien 15 assts; Jadyn Johnson 1-16 serving, 2 aces.
KIONA-BENTON 3, RIVER VIEW 0: The Bears moved to 2-1 on the season with a sweep of the Panthers on the road in SCAC East action.
Mihaela Edwards led the way with 12 kills and four blocks, while Gabby Edwards was 18-of-18 from the service line with five aces.
Teresa Rojas led River View (2-1) with 29 digs, while Aaliyah Anderson had five kills.
Set scores: Kiona-Benton 25-17, 25-15, 25-15. Kiona-Benton: Mihaela Edwards 12K, 4B, 10 digs; Gabby Edwards 8K, 12 digs, 18-18 serving, 5 aces; Maloree Calzadillas 6K, 12 assts; Nya Calzadillas 9 assts, 11-11 serving. River View: Teresa Rojas 29 digs; Aaliyah Anderson 5K, 4B; Dempsi Talkington 4K, 4B; Morgan Munson 8 assts, 6 digs.
TOUCHET 3, LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 1: The Patriots rallied from a 20-8 deficit in the second set to win 27-25, but the Indians ruled the nonleague match in Richland from there.
Makenzy Dysland led LC with 13 kills and 10 digs, while Abby Croskrey handed out 20 assists.
Set scores: Touchet 25-19, 25-27, 25-11, 25-18. Liberty Christian: Makenzy Dysland 13K, 10 digs, 3 aces; Maddie Godwin 10K, 9 digs; Kierstin Pogue 3K, 4 aces; Natalie Barber 2 aces, 8 digs; Abby Croskrey 20 assts.
POMEROY 3, LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 0: Maddie Godwin had five kills Wednesday in the Patriots’ nonleague loss to the Pirates.
Set scores: Pomeroy 25-12, 25-11, 25-13. Liberty Christian: Maddie Godwin 5K; Makenzy Dysland 4K, Natalie Barber 7 digs.