Tuesday night’s test against Walla Walla might be useful for the Southridge volleyball team later this week.
The Suns, who will face Kamiakin in a clash of unbeaten Mid-Columbia Conference teams Thursday night, beat visiting Wa-Hi 25-14, 18-25, 25-11, 27-25.
“It was a good match for us to win in four because the previous four matches, we went three straight sets against everybody,” Southridge coach John Lengphounpraseut said. “It was a good wake-up call.”
The Blue Devils took advantage of a slew of unforced Southridge errors in the second set to pull even before the Suns regrouped.
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“The girls came in with a lot of heart,” Wa-Hi coach Kim McDaniels said. “They are good, but we competed right there with them, which was refreshing.”
Madi Doepker led the Blue Devils (1-4) with 15 kills and 13 digs, and Reece Carman had 20 kills.
Jordan Mix finished with 23 kills and 13 digs for the Suns (5-0), while Alyssa Palmer had 14 kills and 14 digs.
“Hopefully tonight’s match will teach us some good lessons for how we can come out and play Kamiakin on Thursday,” Lengphounpraseut said.
Set scores: Southridge 25-14, 18-25, 25-11, 27-25. Walla Walla—Amelia Hemenway 17 digs; Madi Doepker 13 digs, 15 kills; Emily Hedne 13 digs; Tara Krivoshein 23 assists; Katie Greene 14 assists; Reece Carman 20 kills. Southridge—Jordan Mix 23 kills, 13 digs; Alyssa Palmer 14 kills, 14 digs; Makenna Behrens 21 digs, 2 aces; Maddisen McNeill 7 kills, 8 blocks, 1 ace; Kamaile Moody 32 assists, 7 digs; Leilani Moody 9 assists, 3 digs; Kayla Conrad 3 aces, 8 digs.
Kamiakin 3, Kennewick 0: Dani Burke had 19 assists and was 21-for-21 at the service line, and the Braves improved to 5-0 in Mid-Columbia Conference play with a sweep of the host Lions.
Kamiakin dominated the first two sets before Kennewick made a game of things in the third, extending the set before the Braves won 29-27.“We picked it up that third game and played with a lot more energy and a lot more heart,” Kennewick coach Julie Maciboba said. “Kamiakin’s a tough team, though.”
Nicole Lee had 13 kills and 18 digs for the Braves, while Rachel Leshikar had 24 digs and was 10-for-10 serving.
Kamiakin will host Southridge on Thursday in a match of unbeaten teams.
“I’m excited to play that one,” Braves coach Mary Opitz said. “We haven’t seen Southridge since the summer. The girls are looking forward to it.”
Set scores: Kamiakin 25-10, 25-9, 29-27. Kamiakin—Nicole Lee 13 kills, 18 digs; Andrea Stapleton 10 kills, 2 blocks; Lindsey Schauble 8 kills, 12 digs; Dani Burke 19 assists, 21x21 srv.; Ashley Fullmer 11 assists, 16x16 srv., 2 aces; Rachel Leshikar 24 digs, 10x10 srv. Kennewick—Breanna Shaffer 15 digs, 6 kills; Kaylee Hagadorn 17 digs, 10 assists; Julisa Gonzalez 15 digs; Mekaelah Mayovsky 14 digs.
Richland 3, Hanford 2: Alicia Maul had 43 digs, and Hailey Turner led a balanced attack with 12 kills and five blocks as the Bombers rallied after dropping the first two games to take the MCC match on the road.
“Hanford was playing great, and we had too many service errors in sets one and two,” Richland coach Bob Raidl said. “But the girls really turned it around in sets three and four, and came back from 4-7 in set five.”
“I am extremely proud of their resilience and courage,” he added.
Set scores: Richland 23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15, 15-9. Richland—Alicia Maul 43 digs; Taylor Moody 23 assists, 10 digs; Hailey Turner 12 kills, 5 blocks; Lexi Lacey 7 kills, 13 digs; Sarah Howlett 6 kills, 7 blocks; Siena Becker 7 kills, 5 blocks; Noelle Craft 6 kills, 14 digs.
Pasco 3, Chiawana 0: Outside hitter Catelyn Linke returned from injury to collect eight kills and 19 digs, leading the Bulldogs to a sweep of the host Riverhawks in MCC play.
Rosie Diaz and Ashlin Orozco each added seven kills for Pasco.
“The girls played really well,” Bulldogs coach Jackie Fluaitt said. “They stayed focused and played in system.”
Set scores: Pasco 25-19, 25-23, 25-14. Pasco—Catelyn Linke 8 kills, 19 digs; Rosie Diaz 7 kills; Ashlin Orozco 7 kills, 12 digs; Victoria Estes 19 assists; Lacie Ortiz 17 digs. Chiawana—Megan Steach 4 kills; Natasha Hill 4 kills, 5 digs; Ashtin Olin 15 assists.
East Valley 3, Prosser 1: Alli Lamotte had 10 kills, and Courtney Scott finished with seven kills and 10 blocks for the Mustangs, who got a nonleague preview of their CWAC rival.
Set scores: East Valley 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22. Prosser—Alli Lamotte 10 kills; Courtney Scott 7 kills, 10 blocks; Sydney Stearns 9 blocks; Shay Hicks 16 digs; Hannah Lind 6 aces; Taylor Beightol 26 assists.
Connell 3, Columbia-Burbank 0: The Eagles improved to 2-0 in SCAC East play and 3-0 overall with a road victory over the Coyotes.
Dakota Olberding was 21-for-21 from the service line for Connell.
Set scores: Connell 25-17, 25-10, 25-18. Connell—Courtney Colclasure 29 assists; Dakota Olberding 21x21 srv.; Jessica Hawkins 14 kills; Savannah Egbert 10 kills; Melody Davidson 9 kills.
River View 3, Royal 0: River View libero Cierra Sakota was 17-for-18 from the service line with five aces and had 20 digs to help the host Panthers defeat the Knights in an SCAC East match.
“She had a busy night,” River View coach Rocky Smith said of Sakota. “She was good, but it was really a team effort.”
Set scores: RV 25-12, 25-16, 25-10. River View—Cierra Sakota 17x18 srv., 5 aces, 3 kills, 20 digs.
Walla Walla Valley Academy 3, Tri-Cities Prep 2: The Knights rallied from two sets down to defeat the host Jaguars.
Katie McDonald had 14 kills, and Francine Lahoz finished with 33 digs for Tri-Cities Prep in its Southeast 2B opener.
Set scores: WWVA 19-25, 17-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-10. TC Prep—Katie Casazza 12 kills; Katie McDonald 14 kills; Claire Essex 12 assists; Danika Whitsett 11 assists; Francine Lahoz 33 digs.
Oakesdale 3, Liberty Christian 0: Makenzy Dysland and Jillian Eder combined for 16 assists for the Patriots.
Set scores: 25-17, 25-16, 25-13. Liberty Christian—Makenzy Dysland 3 kills, 4 aces, 4 digs, 7 assists; Jillian Eder 2 kills, 4 digs, 9 assists.