Backs to the wall down a game in a loser-out match on the road, the Kamiakin volleyball players responded with one of their best efforts of the season Saturday.
The Braves rallied for a 17-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-18 victory over Shadle Park in a must-win bi-district game at Mt. Spokane High School. The victory sets up a Tuesday date at 5 p.m. at Eastside Catholic for a berth into the Class 3A state tournament Nov. 11-12 at Toyota Center in Kennewick.
“The girls are playing harder now than they ever have,” Kamiakin coach Morgan Schauble said. “It’s just going really well.”
Paramount in Saturday’s match was a diverse attack at the net. Four players had seven or more kills, led by Madison Judy’s 12 and Leanna Shymanski’s 11. Allison Stapleton added 10 kills, three aces and 10 digs, and Carlee Rowell had seven kills, five blocks and 10 digs.
Maddy Eerkes coordinated the attacks with 34 assists to go with 13 digs.
“We did a good job working for each other and playing for each other today,” Schauble said.
Set scores: Kamiakin 17-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-18. Kamiakin: Allison Stapleton 3 aces, 10 kills, 2 blocks, 10 digs; Carlee Rowell 7 kills, 5 blocks, 10 digs; Daryn Lutes 20 digs; Jill Sands 18 digs; Leanna Shymanski 11 kills, 3 blocks, 2 digs; Madison Judy 12 kills, 1 block, 15 digs; Maddy Eerkes 34 assists, 13 digs.
1A SCAC DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL: Kiona-Benton secured a trip to the 1A state tournament next week after finishing fourth in Benton City.
The Bears, who won two loser-out matches to reach the third-place match, dropped a 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 match to Zillah.
Naches Valley won the district title, beating Granger 25-21, 25-13, 25-20.
The 1A state tournament will be held Nov. 11-12 at the SunDome in Yakima.
Ki-Be opened the day with a 26-24, 25-18, 25-15 win over River View, then rallied to beat Goldendale 18-25, 11-25, 25-16, 25-18, 15-10 to stay alive.
Columbia-Burbank went 1-1 on the day, topping Connell 25-22, 25-21, 25-21, before getting swept by Zillah 25-19, 25-19, 25-21.
Set scores: Columbia-Burbank d. Connell 25-22, 25-21, 25-21. Burbank: Taylor Tuner 16K; Monica Mares 16 assts, 5K; Ryah Small 5K, 3B; Jadyn Johnson 5K; Emigh Wallace 10 digs; Lauren O’Brien 15 assts, 12-12 serve, 2 aces.
Set scores: Zillah d. Columbia-Burbank. Burbank: Taylor Turner 16K, 2B; Monica Mares 16 assts, 2K; Ali martineau 5K, 3B; Jadyn Johnson 5K, 5 digs; Emigh Wallace 13 digs.
CWAC TIEBREAKER: Othello and Prosser will take the CWAC Nos. 2 and 3 seeds into glue crossover matches after each won a tiebreaker with Selah at Grandview High School.
Othello got the No. 2 seed, beating Selah 7-6 in the first tiebreaker when the Vikings missed a PAT.
Selah then faced Prosser for the No. 3 seed, and the Mustangs prevailed 7-0 with a 2-yard TD run by Tanner Bolt.
In Tuesday’s winner-to-state, loser-out games, Othello will host West Valley-Spokane while defending 2A state champion Prosser will head to Pullman.
CLASS 4A DISTRICTS: Claire Schaef’s meet records in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle helped Richland claim the Class 4A team title at the District 4/5 championships in Kelso.
Schaef won the 200 free in 1 minute, 54.83 seconds and the 500 free in 5:05.23, relegating Hanford’s Kjerstyn Jordheim to runner-up in both events. But by finishing in the top two, they advance to next weekend’s state meet in Federal Way.
Marcia Kim was first in the 100 backstroke for Richland, while Alyssa Whittington’s district diving points last week in Moses Lake contributed to the Bombers’ team championship.
Richland, which also got state-qualifying times from Neomi Mennetrot (50 free) and its 200 medley and 400 free relays, finished with 267 points. Hanford was second with 202, edging Walla Walla by two points.
Wa-Hi’s Paige Gardner set a meet record of 24.16 in the 50 free and won the 100 free in 53.96. Teammate Hally Ruff was second in both events.
The Blue Devils set a meet mark of 1:42.54 in the 200 free relay and also won the 200 medley relay.
Hanford’s Megan Gelston was second in the 100 butterfly, and the Falcons were runners-up to Richland in the 400 free relay. Eva Arm qualified last week for state dive.
Kennewick, Kamiakin and Southridge swam later Saturday in 3A district finals.
Team scores (top three): 1, Richland 267; 2, Hanford 202; 3, Walla Walla 200; 200 medley relay (top two go to state, plus state-qualifying times): 1, Walla Walla (Paige Gardner, Hannah Gardner, Hannah Gordon, Hally Ruff) 1:54.52 (SQ); 2, Camas 1:54.75 (SQ); 3, Richland (Marcia Kim, Katie Schroder, Claire Schaef, Neomi Mennetrot) 1:54.85 (SQ); 200 freestyle: 1, Schaef (R) 1:54.83 (SQ, meet record); 2, Kjerstyn Jordheim (Han) 2:02.80; 200 individual medley: 1, Hanna Eha (Skyview) 2:14.20 (SQ); 2, Hallie Eha (Sky) 2:17.05; 50 freestyle: 1, P.Gardner (WW) 24.16 (SQ, pool/meet record); 2, Ruff (WW) 24.77 (SQ); 3, Colleen Woods (Heritage) 24.84 (SQ); 4, Mennetrot (R) 25.19 (SQ); Diving: 1, Alyssa Whittington (R) 335.30; 2, Eva Arm (Han) 200.10; 100 butterfly: 1, Woods (Her) 58.55 (SQ); 2, Megan Gelston (Han) 1:02.31; 100 freestyle: 1, P.Gardner (WW) 53.96 (SQ); 2, Ruff (WW) 54.20 (SQ); 500 freestyle: 1, Schaef (R) 5:05.23 (SQ, pool/meet record); 2, Jordheim (Han) 5:22.40; 200 freestyle relay: 1, Walla Walla (Ruff, H.Gardner, Gordon, P.Gardner) 1:42.54 (SQ, pool/meet record); 2, Camas 1:44.28; 100 backstroke: 1, Kim (R) 1:01.90; 2, Abby Crowson (Cam) 1:02.76; 100 breaststroke: 1, Hanna Eha (Sky) 1:08.88 (SQ); 2, Avery Gunderson (Union) 1:09.25 (SQ); 400 freestyle relay: 1, Richland (Mennetrot, Mary Workman, BreAnn Bell, Schaef) 3:46.72 (SQ); 2, Hanford (Kayla Burck, Gelston, Annie Shen, Maddie Elliott) 3:53.94.
CLASS 3A DISTRICTS: Kamiakin and Southridge added more state berths to their haul, while the Braves won the team title at the District 4/5 meet in Kelso.
Kamiakin finished with 343 points, ahead of Mountain View (256) and Southridge (247). Kennewick was fifth (109).
Kamiakin’s Lillian Thurber earned a pair of individual state berths by winning the 200-yard individual medley and taking second in the 100 breaststroke. Her older sister Madison clocked a pair of state-qualifying times, finishing first in the 100 backstroke (59.82 seconds) and second in the 100 free (55.19).
The top two in each event advanced to next weekend’s state meet in Federal Way.
The Braves finished second in all three relays, and Courtney Lewis was the runner-up to Southridge’s Emma Hagner in the 500 free.
The points earned by Abby Winstead and Piper Polanik at last week’s district dive meet in Moses Lake were added to Kamiakin’s total. Both will compete at state.
With her winning time of 53.91 in the 100 free, Southridge’s Hilary Petersen broke the school record of 54.30 set by 2006 graduate Cassie Hamilton.
Petersen also won the 50 free in 25.13, lowering her state-qualifying time by almost a tenth of a second.
Hagner will go to state for the first time, placing first in the 500 free and second in the 200 free.
Southridge’s Natalie Burke finished second in the 100 butterfly, and the Suns won the 200 free relay.
Team scores (top three and locals): 1, Kamiakin 343; 2, Mountain View 256; 3, Southridge 247; 5, Kennewick 109; 200 medley relay (top two go to state, plus state-qualifying times): 1, Mountain View (Sruthi Ravi, Samantha Foster, Emily Hain, Karen Gong) 1:56.12 (SQ); 2, Kamiakin (Madison Thurber, Lillian Thurber, Courtney Lewis, CeCe Sartor) 1:59.22; 200 freestyle: 1, Hain (MV) 2:06.90; 2, Emma Hagner (Sou) 2:09.49; 200 individual medley: 1, L.Thurber (Kam) 2:24.34; 2, Gong (MV) 2:31.01; 50 freestyle: 1, Hilary Petersen (Sou) 25.13 (SQ); 2, Ravi (MV) 25.93; Diving: 1, Abby Winstead (Kam) 328.00; 2, Piper Polanik (Kam) 291.55; 100 butterfly: 1, Hain (MV) 1:04.73; 2, Natalie Burke (Sou) 1:08.56; 100 freestyle: 1, Petersen (Sou) 53.91 (SQ); 2, M.Thurber (Kam) 55.19 (SQ); 500 freestyle: 1, Hagner (Sou) 5:43.24; 2, Courtney Lewis (Kam) 5:54.36; 200 freestyle relay: 1, Southridge (Hagner, Burke, Cleo Tolman, Petersen) 1:48.50; 2, Kamiakin (SaLee Westermeyer, Erica Bergman, Sartor, L.Thurber) 1:49.05; 100 backstroke: 1, M.Thurber (Kam) 59.82 (SQ); 2, Ravi (MV) 59.89 (SQ); 100 breaststroke: 1, Foster (MV) 1:12.56; 2, L.Thurber (Kam) 1:13.24; 400 freestyle relay: 1, Mountain View (Hain, Gong, Foster, Ravi) 3:56.77; 2, Kamiakin (Westermeyer, Natalie Badgley, Lewis, M.Thurber) 4:02.23.
CHIAWANA 2, GONZAGA PREP 1: Summer Yates scored both goals for the host Riverhawks in their winner-to-state game against the Bullpups.
The time, site and opponent for Chiawana’s 4A first-round game was not yet determined. The game will be Tuesday.
“I’m just really proud of the kids because it was a really tough tournament,” Chiawana coach Rich Zoller said.
The Riverhawks opened regionals Oct. 26 with a 5-0 win over Gonzaga Prep. Chiawana then beat Greater Spokane League No. 1 seed Mead in a shootout before falling to Hanford in Thursday’s championship game, forcing the rematch with G-Prep.
The Bullpups scored on an own goal.
Scoring: Summer Yates (C) 2G; Kylee Alvarez (C) 1A; Macey Morales (C) 1A. Shots: GP 10, C 2. Saves: GP, Zoe Boleneus 0. C, Alisha Ramos 2.
SOUTHRIDGE 3, HOLY NAMES 1: Haley Thomas, Kelly Brown and Morgan Nelson each scored a goal as the host Suns wrapped up a 3A state berth with a win over the Cougars.
OSAA STATE: Hermiston’s Isaac Sanchez was 34th (17:04) in the 5A 5,000-meter boys race in Eugene.
On the girls side, Hermiston’s Melany Solorio finished 60th (21:19).