Kimberly Brinkworth had 27 kills and six blocks as Southridge clinched the Mid-Columbia Conference regular-season title Thursday with a 20-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 15-13 victory over Chiawana in Kennewick.
“Chiawna played great,” said Suns coach John Lengphounpraseut, whose team also clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. “It was a good challenge for us. It was the best match of the year, I think. Our ball handling was not as good as it should be, and Chiawana came tough, which I thought they would.”
The Suns will finish the regular season Tuesday at Kennewick, then will host the GSL No. 4 team on Nov. 2. Chiawana is the 4A No. 1 seed to the district tournament next week, and has already earned a spot in the regional tournament.
“For a match that had no impact on anyone’s postseason, the kids played hard on both sides,” Chiawana coach Jim Steach said. “It was just a match that we wanted to go play hard, play well and compete. And we certainly did that.”
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In the final games, the Suns led throughout except for a 9-9 tie. Chiawana had four service errors in the fifth set.
After the match, Lengphounpraseut had his head shaved as part of a fundraiser for C Team coach Sal Dumo, who has lung cancer. The event raised $1,600 for Dumo, who had his first round of chemotherapy Monday.
Set scores: 20-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 15-13. Chiawana—Shantelle Hill 24 kills, 7 digs; Cara Gilmore 10 kills, 5 blocks; Natasha Hill 6 kills, 3 aces, 11 digs; Delaney Hodgins 50 assists, 9 digs; Emma Miles 21 digs, 3 aces; Maddison Heine 6 kills, 2 blocks; Megan Steach 5 kills, 2 aces. Southridge—Kimberly Brinkworth 27K, 6B; Jordan Mix 14K, 13 digs; Alyssa Palmer 9K, 24 digs; Paige Thompson 9K, 3B; Kylie Fraga 50 assists, 7 digs, 3K; Makenna Behrens 29 digs, 3 aces; Maddisen McNeill 9B; Rylee Russell 9 digs.
Hanford 3, Richland 2: The Falcons rallied past the Bombers in a Mid-Columbia Conference home match, earning a five-set victory.
The victory keeps the Falcons alive for the No. 3 seed for the Eastern Washington regional tournament.
Richland owns the No. 2 seed in the District 5 tournament and will host either Pasco or Walla Walla at 7 p.m. Thursday in an elimination match.
Set scores: 18-25, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18, 15-11. Richland—Hailey Turner 23 kills, 21 digs, 1.5 blocks; Macey Weitz 13 kills, 6 digs; Sienna Becker 10 kills, 4 digs; Peyton Wahl 48 digs, 3 aces; Taylor Moody 26 assists, 13 digs; Rachel Connolly 14 assists, 13 digs. Hanford—Reilee Williams 15 kills, 11 digs; Kelly Wahl 7 kills, 9 blocks, 2 digs; Bailee Drussel 6 kills, 6 digs, 34 assists, 3 aces; Elise Simunds 11 ddigs; Mikal Sanchez 11 digs, 5 kills.
Kamiakin 3, Pasco 0: Amanda Miller and Nicole Lee each had eight kills and 14 digs to lead the Braves to a sweep of visiting Pasco in Mid-Columbia Conference play.
The Braves will host the third-place team from the Greater Spokane League on Nov. 2 in the Class 3A Eastern Washington regional tournament.
The Bulldogs will host Walla Walla at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a Class 4A District 5 elimination match.
Set scores: 25-19, 25-14, 25-19. Pasco—Catelyn Linke 9 kills; Carina Sullivan 19 assists; Ashlin Orosco 2 aces. Kamiakin—Amanda Miller 8K, 14 digs, 1B, 8-8 serving; Nicole Lee 8K, 14 digs, 1B, 12-12 serving, 2 aces; Lindsey Schauble 7K, 13-13 serving, 1 ace; Rachel Leshikar 14 digs; Katelynn Fullmer 12 assists; Dani Burke 12 assists.
Grandview 3, Toppenish 1: Taylor Hall had 23 kills and 12 digs to lead the Greyhounds to a four-set victory against the host Wildcats in CWAC action.
If Grandview defeats Ephrata on Tuesday, the Greyhounds will lock up a spot in the district tournament.
Set scores: 23-25, 29-27, 25-17, 25-17. Grandview—Evann Swearingen 37 assists, 11 digs; Hannah Pond 4 aces, 7 kills, 2 blocks, 14 digs; Kaysie Kolmar 4 aces, 7 digs; Suzy Medina 3 aces, 18 digs; Taylor Hall 23 kills, 12 digs.
Columbia (Burbank) 3, Warden 0: Shania Kisler had 10 kills and 14 digs in an SCAC East home loss for the Cougars.
Despite the loss, Warden still controls its own destiny for the playoffs, needing to beat Royal in its final match Tuesday to advance.
Set scores: 25-22, 25-23, 25-18. Warden—Shania Kisler 10 kills, 14 digs; Allycia Gonzales 5 kills, 18 digs, 5 aces; Laurissa Kisler 22 assists.
River View 3, Wahluke 0: Freshmen Hannah Weatherby and Dakota Dickinson had big nights to keep the Panthers’ playoff hopes alive.
River View is a match behind Warden for the final playoff spot with two matches to play.
Set scores: 25-12, 25-17, 25-10. River View—Sadie Vasquez 6 digs, 18 assists; Hannah Weatherby 13 kills, 6 digs; Dakota Dickinson 5 kills, 10 digs; Tayla Wallace 7 aces, 5 digs