In a tight Mid-Columbia Conference volleyball race, the Richland Bombers are holding steady at the top.
Peyton Wahl had 33 digs, and Alisha Bettinson had 18 digs and six kills to help the host Bombers sweep the Kamiakin Braves 25-20, 25-16, 25-16.With the win, Richland (8-2) remained in a tie for first with Chiawana.
Richland coach Bob Raidl also got another big night from Rachel Connolly, a sophomore who has filled in nicely since setter Sarah McCormick suffered a concussion last week against Pasco. Connelly had 18 assists and five digs against the Braves.
“We brought her up, and she did a wonderful job,” Raidl said.
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Kamiakin coach Mary Opitz hopes her team can step things up after a lackluster performance.
“We didn’t play very well,” she said. “We started out pretty well. The game was pretty close, and we just needed to clean up a few errors and do a few things. But we got off to a rocky start in the second set, and they jumped way out to a lead.”
Jessica Edminster finished with 12 digs and 16 assists for the Braves (6-4), who are tied with Kennewick for fourth in the MCC.
Set scores: 25-20, 25-16, 25-16. Kamiakin—Amanda Miller 5-5 srv, 12 kills, 9 digs; Taylor Janicek 7 kills, 11 digs; Jessica Edminster 10-12 srv, 1 ace, 16 assists, 12 digs; Hunter Durham 8-9 srv, 1 ace, 13 digs. Richland—Tori Long 7 kills, 1 block, 9 digs; Hailey Turner 6 kills, 3 blocks; Alisha Bettinson 6 kills, 1 ace, 18 digs; Liz Quick 5 kills, 2 blocks; Kelly Breard 4 kills, 1 dig; Rachel Connolly 18 assists, 5 digs; Macey Weitz 10 assists, 6 digs; Peyton Wahl 33 digs.
Chiawana 3, Kennewick 0: The Riverhawks came back in the second and third sets to thwart the Lions’ upset bid.
In the second set, the Lions led 24-23, but a kill by Shantelle Hill tied the game, and a Megan Steach kill put the game away.
In the third, Chiawana scored the final three points, with the Lions putting the ball in the net on match point.
Hill finished with 13 kills, while Madison Powers had 10 kills and Jaymee Steach 35 assists and seven kills.
Maddie Zinsli’s 23 assists, 10 digs and three aces led the Lions in the loss.
“We did a good job trying to fight back at the end,” Kennewick coach Julie Maciboba said. “They have some good hitters. We didn’t quite fight soon enough.”
Set scores: 25-15, 26-24, 25-23. Chiawana—Jaymee Steach 35 assists, 7K, 8 digs, 2 aces; Shantelle Hill 13K, 7 digs, 3 aces; Madison Powers 10K; Delaney Hodgins 9K, 9 digs. Kennewick—Maddie Zinsli 23 assists, 3 aces, 10 digs; Lizzy Ridley 14 digs; Kelly Dyer 13 digs.
Walla Walla 3, Pasco 2: Marisol Diaz had 35 digs and was 14-of-17 serving with seven aces, but the Bulldogs dropped a five-set thriller against the host Blue Devils in Mid-Columbia Conference action.
The win was the first on the season for Walla Walla.
Set scores: 25-19, 16-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-3. Pasco—Sierra Linke 11 kills, 8 digs, 4 blocks, 13-of-15 serving; Carina Sullivan 5 kills, 7 digs, 6-of-6 serving; Brenda Robison 9 digs, 13-of-13 serving; Marisol Diaz 35 digs, 14-of-17 serving, 7 aces; Cameron Estes 23 assists, 9 digs, 11-of-13 serving, 2 aces; Lindsey Scott 17-of-20 serving, 6 aces
West Valley 3, Othello 0: Yanitta Cantu had 22 digs and an ace as the host Huskies dropped a CWAC match to the top-ranked Rams.Set scores: 25-7, 25-14, 25-20. Othello—Brenda Fleshman 1 ace; Noelle Craft 1 ace, Yanitta Cantu 1 ace, 22 digs; Carley Gearhart 3 kills; Mikayla Parris 3 kills
Grandview 3, Prosser 0: Suzie Medina had 20 digs and Heather Swearingen had 10 assists as the Greyhounds swept the Mustangs in a CWAC 2A home match.
Set scores: 25-8, 25-21, 25-16. Grandview—Payton Parrish 13 kills, 14 digs; Taylor Hall 10 kills, 2 blocks, 7 aces; Suzie Medina 20 digs; Heather Swearingen 10 assists
RIVER VIEW 3, ROYAL 2: The Panthers survived against the visiting Knights, getting 25-of-26 serving and 20 assists from Sadielee Vasquez and 11 kills from Beth Conley.
River View set up the deciding set with a 34-32 win in the fourth.
“One of the plays in the first game had 15 volleys — back and forth, back and forth,” River View coach Chanda Raymen said. “We should have known right then and there it was gonna be a great match. Both teams played hard and never gave up.”
Set scores: 15-25, 25-15, 24-26, 34-32, 15-6. Road team—leaders here. River View—Sadielee Vasquez 25-26 srv, 4 aces, 20 assists; Tayla Wallace 20-24 srv, 9 aces; Beth Conley 11 kills; Carly Hagen 11-12 srv, 3 aces, 6 kills; Katie Wilhelm 18-20 srv, 5 aces.
Warden 3, Kiona-Benton 2: Bianca Hernandez finished with 34 digs, and Hannah Bismett recorded 12 kills as the Cougars beat the Bears on the road in SCAC East play.
Monica Calzadillas went 18-of-18 serving and had 24 digs for Kiona-Benton.
Set scores: 25-21, 19-25, 17-25, 25-19, 15-12. Warden—Hannah Bismett 12 kills; Bianca Hernandez 34 digs; Iris Rodriguez 8 kills. Kiona-Benton—Shanda Gunter 12-of-13 serving, 1 ace, 17 kills, 10 digs, 8 blocks; Monica Calzadillas 18-of-18 serving, 1 ace, 24 digs; Meaghan Phalen 17-of-17 serving, 1 ace, 7 kills, 9 digs; Jessica Rolland 17-of-18 serving, 1 ace, 4 kills, 17 digs; Jaky Calzadillas 15-of-15 serving, 3 aces, 28 assists.
Asotin 3, Tri-Cities Prep 0: Mary Hoppes’ eight kills and 15 digs led the visiting Jaguars in a Southeast 2B loss.
Set scores: 25-17, 25-23, 25-13. Tri-Cities Prep—Mary Hoppes 8 kills, 15 digs; Maddie LeBrun 7 kills, 13 digs
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 3, LACROSSE-WASHTUCNA 2: Erika Shaw and Sydney Higgins combined for 15 aces to help the Patriots escape with a Southeast 1B win at home.
Set scores: 28-26, 26-24, 21-25, 23-25, 15-13. Liberty Christian—Erika Shaw 10 kills, 6 aces, 6 digs; Amber Schmitt 10 kills, 7 digs; Sydney Higgins 11 assists, 9 aces; Sarah Croskrey 26 assists.
Heppner 3, Stanfield 0: Stephanie Milbrodt had three kills and two blocks as the Tigers dropped a Class 2A Oregon Blue Mountain Conference home match.
Set scores: 25-17, 25-19, 25-18. Road team—leaders here. Home team—Brooke Ables 2 aces, 2 kills; Stephanie Milbrodt 3 kills, 2 blocks; Hailey Cox 2 kills; Alisen Measham 7 assists; Vanessa Herrera 19 digs; Megan Bailey 12 digs