RICHLAND -- The Richland volleyball team came up short in its quest to get back to the Class 4A state tournament, falling in five sets to Central Valley at home Tuesday.
The Bears knocked off the Bombers 18-25, 25-15, 25-15, 17-25, 16-14 to win the opening round match of the Class 4A Eastern Washington Regional.
"It's always tough to lose your match of the season at home," Richland coach Bob Raidl said. "We just really struggled closing out the fifth set. We were ahead 13-9 and just couldn't close it out.
"It was just one of those things that happened. You do your best and you just don't win."
Lauren Joseph had 24 assists, 23 digs, three kills and three blocks to lead Richland, which was playing without Alisha Bettinson.
Bettinson broke her foot in the loss to Walla Walla at the district tournament Saturday.
"We overcame two injuries to starters," said Raidl of Bettinson and defensive specialist Paxton Wahl, who was hurt earlier in the season. "Losing two key players makes other players play positions they aren't accustomed to."
Charlene Manning, Richland's other senior besides Joseph, added 10 kills, five aces, 12 digs and two blocks in the loss.
"I feel the saddest for our two seniors," Raidl said. "I would've wanted to go out a little better for them.
"We finished 25-6. Last year if you would have asked me if we would have done that well after losing seven players, I would have said, 'I don't think so.' "
Central Valley will face Mead at 1 p.m. Saturday in Spokane in a semifinal match. The winner advances to state, while the loser will face the Wenatchee-Walla Walla loser for the other state berth.
Wenatchee knocked off Gonzaga Prep 28-26, 23-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-10 in the other elimination match Tuesday.
Set scores: 18-25, 25-15, 25-15, 17-25, 16-14. Richland--Liz Quick 9 kills, 4 blocks; Charlene Manning 10 kills, 5 aces, 2 blocks, 12 digs; Grace Smith 6 kills, 3 blocks; Deserea Estavillo 27 digs, 2 aces; Lauren Joseph 3 kills, 3 blocks, 24 assists, 23 digs.
Kamiakin 3, North Central 1
The Braves rallied from a first-set loss to eliminate the Indians in a Class 3A Eastern Washington Regional Tournament elimination match.
"They really played hard. They played really steady and really confident," Kamiakin coach Mary Opitz said. "Not having seen (North Central) or having any input other than reading boxscores in the newspaper we had to make adjustments on the fly by what we observed. And the girls made those adjustments and did a really nice job."
Libby Davison had 11 kills, 10 digs, was 13-of-15 serving and had an ace for the Braves. Laura Phillips added 23 digs, 27 assists and three aces.
Kamiakin will face West Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday in Yakima in a semifinal match. The winner earns a state berth, while the loser will face the Kennewick-Mount Spokane loser for the final state berth.
Set scores: 21-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-23. Kamiakin--Alexis Scott 12 kills, 21-of-21 serving, 17 digs; Libby Davison 11 kills, 10 digs, 13-of-15 serving, 1 ace; Laura Phillips 3 aces, 23 digs, 27 assists; Abby Blanchard 6 kills; Amanda Miller 6 kills, 3 aces; Kayla Emineth 19 digs.
La Salle 3, Connell 2
The Eagles lost a shocking match in the first round of the SCAC district tournament in Connell.
The Eagles couldn't close out a close third set and then were steamrolled in the final two sets of the match.
"There was a momentum shift in Game 3 and we just couldn't recover from it," Connell coach Kate Johnson said. "We just struggled as a team to convert points. They had strong middle hitters and we were just struggling a little bit to dig the ball."
Paxton Carlisle had 27 assists, nine kills, eight digs and an ace to lead Connell.
The Eagles will now play Columbia-Burbank at 10 a.m. Saturday in an elimination match at Zillah Middle School.
Set scores: 21-25, 20-25, 26-24, 25-11, 15-7. Connell--Paxton Carlisle 27 assists, 9 kills, 8 digs, 1 ace; Whitney Jones 19 digs, 1 kill; Kennidi Whitby 13-of-14 serving, 1 ace, 6 digs, 10 kills; Megan Booker 3 aces, 12 digs, 11 kills; Michelle Schultz 9-of-10 serving, 3 aces, 9 digs, 6 kills.
Naches Valley 3, Kiona-Benton 1
Maria Rangel was 16-of-16 serving and had eight assists, but the Bears lost in four in the first round of the SCAC tournament.
Kiona-Benton (15-8) will face River View at 10 a.m. Saturday at Zillah High School in an elimination match. Naches Valley will play Zillah at noon with the winner earning a state berth.
Set scores: 25-10, 23-25, 25-12, 25-19. Kiona-Benton--Maria Rangel 16-of-16 serving, 8 assists; Shanda Gunter 7 blocks, 5 kills; Cheyenne Heinrich 10 digs
Zillah 3, River View 0
The Leopards swept aside the Panthers in the opening round of the SCAC district tournament at Zillah.
Zillah will host Naches Valley at noon in a semifinal match, with the winner advancing to state. River View will play Kiona-Benton at 10 a.m. in a loser out match.
Rachel Hull had 11 assists and was 5-of-6 serving to lead the Panthers.
Set scores: 25-14, 25-15, 25-8. River View--Rachel Hull 11 assists, 5-for-6 serving; Kim Gier 3 kills, 6-for-6 serving, 1 ace; Beth Conley 5 kills; Haley Hess 2 kills, 2-for-2 serving.
Goldendale 3, Columbia-Burbank 0
The Coyotes got 10-of-11 serving from Danielle Reardon and 12 digs from Nataly Aguilar, but they fell to the Timberwolves in the first round of the SCAC District Tournament.
"They were quick, they outhustled us and they did the little things well," Columbia-Burbank coach Jolene Calzadillas said of the Timberwolves.
Columbia-Burbank will face Connell at 10 a.m. Saturday at Zillah Middle School in an elimination match.
"We had our ups and downs, but I was pleased with their positive attitude," Calzadillas said. "We've been struggling with that."
Set scores: 25-15, 25-12, 25-15. Columbia-Burbank--Jaky Calzadillas 9 assts; Harley McBride 6 blks, 6x6 srv; Danielle Reardon 5 kills, 10x11 srv, 3 aces; Nataly Aguilar 10 kills, 4 blks, 12 digs.
Hermiston 3, Milwaukie 0
Hermiston beat visiting Milwaukie 25-15, 26-24, 25-13 in state play-in match.