The Richland Bombers picked up the Mid-Columbia Conference volleyball title Thursday, rallying from two sets down to beat the Chiawana Riverhawks 11-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-8 on the road.
“We survived,” Richland coach Bob Raidl said. “The first set, they gave us a big punch in the nose and we were reeling. We got things stabilized in the second and were able to win the third. The teams are so even. They have some really good players. It took 5 years off my life.”
Chiawana won the first two sets and led 18-13 in the third befor a missed serve and four hitting errors allowed Richland back in the game.
“We played really well the first two sets. Then they made some adjustments and we lost track of what we were trying to do,” Chiawana coach Jim Steach said. “They picked up and played better defense. We had a good game plan, and we followed it really well for two sets.”
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Sarah Howlett and Lexi Lacey each had nine kills for the Bombers (13-1), who also earned a guaranteed berth to the regional tournament.
McKaidan Moore led the Riverhawks (12-2) with 18 kills and 16 digs, while Ashtin Olin had 48 assists.
Set scores: Richland 11-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-8. Richland: Sarah Howlett 9K, 1B; Annie Kump 1K, 2B; Lexi Lacey 9K, 4 aces, 13 digs; Lindsay Rosenthal 3K, 7 digs; Alaina Lacey 4K, 3 aces, 17 digs; McKenna Cullen 4K, 2B; Taylor Moody 23 assts, 5 digs; Noelle Craft 4K; Claire Shea 14 digs; Kamry Breard 8K, 23 assts; Madelaine Haynie 6K. Chiawana: McKaidan Moore 18 kills, 16 digs; Ashtin Olin 48 assists, 6 kills, 6 aces; Natasha Hill 10 kills; Bethanie Nelson 9 kills, 4 blocks; Marissa Logozzo 17 digs.
HANFORD 3, KENNEWICK 0: Kaitlyn Thompson chalked up five aces, 10 assists and six digs, and Mikal Sanchez had 10 kills as the Falcons snapped a six-match losing streak in league play with a sweep of the host Lions.
“I was so proud of the girls for staying at a high energy level throughout the match and doing what we’ve been practicing,” Hanford coach Nichelle Meador said. “There wasn’t one person who wasn’t 100 percent into it tonight. They all stepped up.”
Breanna Shaffer led Kennewick with 13 kills, and Monica Kaylor chipped in six kills and five blocks.
Set scores: Han 25-19, 26-24, 25-15. Kennewick: Breanna Shaffer 13 kills; Julissa Gonzalez 27 digs; Monica Kaylor 6 kills, 5 blocks, 12 digs. Hanford: Kaitlyn Thompson 17-18 serving, 5 aces, 10 assists, 6 digs; Kalyn Smith 14 digs, 14-14 serving; Mikal Sanchez 10 kills, 6 digs; Tasha Hungate 6 kills, 6 blocks; McKenna Benson 12 digs, 9-9 serving, 3 aces.
KAMIAKIN 3, WALLA WALLA 1: Leanna Shymanski and Allison Stapleton combined for 18 kills and seven blocks, and Kennedy Sarver had 35 assists as the Braves recorded an MCC road win over the Blue Devils.
Kamiakin lost the first set 26-24 but bounced back to win the next three sets.
“We had a slow start, but the girls just started playing together,” Braves coach Morgan Schauble said. “They knew what they needed to do to execute and started playing point by point.”
Set scores: Kam 24-26, 25-16, 25-23, 25-13. Kamiakin: Carlee Rowell 16-17 serves, 2 aces; Jill Sands 19-19 serving, 20 digs; Madison Judy 17-17 serving, 12 kills, 13 digs; Leanna Shymanski 9 kills, 4 blocks; Allison Stapleton 9 kills, 3 blocks; Kennedy Sarver 35 assists, 13 digs; Raegan Bishop 23 digs.
SOUTHRIDGE 3, PASCO 1: The Bulldogs took the first set and nearly won the next, but the Suns grinded out a 27-25 win in Game 2 en route to the MCC road win.
“We got off to a good start. We just failed to finish,” Pasco coach Jackie Fluaitt said. “We were in a battle. We just didn’t execute.”
Catelyn Linke led both sides with 30 kills, and Victoria Estes chipped in 29 digs for the Bulldogs.
Riley Hebdon had 20 kills for the Suns (9-5), while Maddisen McNeill added 14 kills and Makenna Behrens 12.
Set scores: SR 20-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-23. Pasco: Catelyn Linke 30 kills, 4 aces, 27 digs; Ashlin Orosco 13 kills; Nancy Gonzalez 33 assists; Victoria Estes 29 digs. Southridge: Riley Hebdon 20K, 6 digs; Maddisen McNeill 14K, 4B, 4 digs; Makenna Behrens 12K, 21 digs, 1 aces; Lauren Beck 5K, 5B; Kayla Conrad 32 digs, 2 aces; Kamaile Moody 43 assts, 8 digs, 2 aces; Kennedy Conrad 10 digs..
PROSSER 3, QUINCY 1: Hannah Lind had 15 kills and Taylor Beichtol handed out 27 assists as the Mustangs posted a CWAC road win over the Jackrabbits.
With the win, Prosser (5-3) moves into fourth place in the league standings.
Set scores: Prosser 25-12, 17-25, 25-20, 25-15. Prosser: Hannah Lind 15K, 3 aces; Shay Hicks 21 digs, 4 aces; Sydney Stearns 6K, 4B; Courtney Scott 6K, 4B; Leah Blakney 5K, 4B, 3 aces; Brandi Groeneveld 15 digs; Taylor Beightol 27 assts, 14 digs.
SELAH 3, GRANDVIEW 0: Cassidy Uecker had six kills and 14 digs, but it wasn’t enough as the Greyhounds dropped their CWAC home match to Selah.
“They are a little more athletic than we are,” said Grandview coach John LaFever, whose team is 3-5.
Grandview will finish the regular season next Thursday at Othello.
Set scores: Selah 25-17, 25-13, 25-18. Grandview: Cassidy Uecker 6K, 14 digs; Nikki Abarca 4K, 1B, 12 digs; Suzie Medina 1 ace, 3K, 10 digs.
KIONA-BENTON 3, RIVER VIEW 1: Kyrsten Whitmore had a match-high 22 kills and seven blocks to lead the Bears to an SCAC East road victory over the Panthers.
River View looked to make a a little noise by winning the third set, but Ki-Be closed out the match by winning the fourth set 25-18.
Set scores: Kiona-Benton 25-15, 25-15, 20-25, 25-18. Kiona-Benton: Shila Todd 15-15 srv; Maloree Calzadillas 20 assts; Momo Calzadillas 23 digs; Gabby Edwards 5K, 18-19 srv; Kyrsten Whitmore 22K, 7B; Tegan Carlson 21-23 serving, 5 aces, 3K, 13 digs, 9 assts. River View: Dakota Dickinson 2 aces, 9 kills, 5 digs; Brooklyn Chavez 8 kills, 3 digs; Callie Hagen 18 assists, 2 aces, 2 kills; Cierra Sakota 2 aces, 15 digs, 1 kill..
SUNNYSIDE 3, EISENHOWER 1: Nema Milanez had a goal and an assist to lead the Grizzlies (1-12) to their first CBBN win of the season, beating the visiting Cadets.
Scoring: 1, S, Chastitee Garza (Nema Milanez), 44:00. 2, E, Haley Wammock, 51:00. 3, S, Milanez (PK), 67:00. 4, S, Aylin Bautista (Kayla Lopez), 68:00. Shots: E 7, SS 22. Saves: E, Addy Marie Fernandez 20; S, Morgan Duim 6.
CONNELL 7, ROYAL 1: Jessica Garcia scored two goals and notched two assists as the Eagles recorded an SCAC East road win over the Knights.
Scoring: 1, C, Lise Enriquez, 1:00; 2, C, Jessica Garcia, 11:00; 3, C, Cierra Vickerman (Garcia), 15:00; 4, C, Ana Hernandez (Mattie Mauseth), 21:00; 5, R, Jennifer Ledezma, 61:00; 6, C, Ana Hernandez (Garcia), 68:00; 7, C, Garcia, 76:00; 8, C, Vickerman, 79:00. Shots: C 15, R 6. Saves: C, Morgan Smith 4. R, Denisse Arroyo 4.
WAHLUKE 3, KIONA-BENTON 2 (SO): Bears forward Emily Thornton scored two second-half goals to equalize the match, but the visiting Warriors prevailed for the win. Ki-Be outshot Wahluke 13-5, and Brenda Nolasco made 11 saves for the Warriors in goal.
“The girls put a lot of shots on goal, but we hit everything but the back of the net,” Bears coach Marty Martinez said. “We had a little trouble finding the goal at first, but Emily was golden in the second half.”
Scoring: 1, W, Liliana Celaya, 11:00; 2, W, Bianca Gutierrez, 27:00; 3, KB, Emily Thornton, 59:00; 4, KB, Thornton (Jordan Gateley), 71:00. Shootout score: Wahluke 4-3. Shots: W 5, KB 13. Saves: W, Brenda Nolasco 11. KB, Micky Ramirez 3.
11-DIVE MEET IN MOSES LAKE: Kamiakin’s Saige Polanik won the Class 3A competition with a state-qualifying score of 377.30.
Hanford’s Amanda Andersen was second at 355.70, also exceeding the state standard of 350. She and Polanik already qualified for next month’s state meet in Federal Way.
In the 4A meet, Richland’s Kelsea Hinkley scored 431.30 and finished second to Eastmont’s Ali Pierce (450.05). The 4A state-qualifying standard is 365, and Hinkley has qualified for her third consecutive state meet.
The district diving competition will be held Oct. 30-31 at Moses Lake High School.
4A (top 3 and locals): 1, Ali Pierce (Eastmont) 450.05 (SQ); 2, Kelsea Hinkley (Richland) 431.30 (SQ); 3, Heather Carbon (Moses Lake) 391.40 (SQ); 6, Alyssa Whittington (Rich) 339.75; 7, Kelsey Olsen (Rich) 331.35; 9, Lia Anderson (Sunnyside) 219.15; 12, Savannah Mazurkiewicz (Rich) 174.65.
3A: 1, Saige Polanik (Kamiakin) 377.30 (SQ); 2, Amanda Andersen (Hanford) 355.70 (SQ); 3, Anna Hall (Kennewick) 303.60; 4, Abby Winstead (Kam) 283.30; 5, Cleo Tolman (Southridge) 256.20; 6, McKenzie Kruger (Kam) 250.90; 7, Lacey Bender (Han) 230.25.