The Richland Bombers volleyball team must be hitting its stride.
After being taken to five sets against a gritty Chiawana squad just last week, the Bombers swept the Riverhawks 25-19, 26-24, 25-19 to win the Class 4A District 5 championship Saturday at Art Dawald Gymnasium. Lexi Lacey chalked up 10 kills and 15 digs, and Kamry Breard had a balanced stat line of eight kills, three aces, 11 assists and seven digs to pave the way for Richland’s No. 1 seeding to the District 5/8 regional tournament beginning Tuesday.
The Bombers, however, won’t play until Saturday in Spokane, where they will meet Central Valley.
“I’m thinking we were fired up. We had a tough match over there (at Chiawana), but I think we were confident pretty much the whole time,” Richland coach Bob Raidl said. “We got down pretty far (9-2) in the second set, but the girls chipped away and managed to win points when it counted.”
McKaidan Moore led Chiawana with nine kills and 13 digs, while Bethanie Nelson had seven kills.
“They won the serve receive battle, that’s what it came down to,” Chiawana coach Jim Steach said. “We had too many unforced errors. We started out missing serves in that first set and it was an uphill battle the whole way. We had nine hitting errors in second set. That was key in a 26-24 loss.”
Set scores: Rich 25-19, 26-24, 25-19. Richland: Lexi Lacey 10 kills, 15 digs; Lindsay Rosenthal 8 kills, 4 aces, 12 digs; Lainie Lacey 15 digs; Taylor Moody 2 aces, 22 assists, 8 digs; Kamry Breard 8 kills, 3 aces, 11 assists, 7 digs; Sarah Howlett 4 kills, 3 blocks; McKenna Cullen 3 kills, ace, 2 blocks. Chiawana: McKaidan Moore 9K, 13 digs, 4B; Bethanie Nelson 7K; Heidi Rus 5K, 3B; Olivia Childs 17 digs; Ashtin Olin 28 assts, 2K; Natasha Hill 4K, 12 digs.
KAMIAKIN 3, SOUTHRIDGE 0: Allison Stapleton moved from the middle to the left side for the 3A district championship match, and the result was a positive one.
Stapleton had 18 kills and 18 digs to lead the Braves to the district title with a hard-fought sweep of the Suns.
“She did a good job,” Southridge coach John Lengphounpraseut said of the 6-foot-2 Stapleton. “She got a big chuck of her team’s hitting. She had a good day.”
Kamiakin will host the District 5 regional tournament Saturday.
The Braves will play Mt. Spokane at 11 a.m. for the regional title and a berth to state. Southridge will play Shadle Park at 1 p.m. in a loser-out match.
The loser of the first match will play the winner of the second at 4:30 p.m. for the second berth to the state tournament, which will be held at Toyota Center on Nov. 13-14.
“I feel pretty good going in,” said Lengphounpraseut, whose team is looking for its fourth consecutive trip to state. “We just need to go in with the same mindset as last year and try to fight for that second spot. It’s within our reach. I think we can do it.”
Madison Judy added 14 kills and Kennedy Sarver 40 assists for the Braves.
Southridge, which played without outside hitter Riley Hebdon who was in a car wreck earlier in the week, got 17 kills and 26 digs from Makenna Behrens, while Maddisen McNeill added 11K and Kamaile Moody 31 assists.
Set scores: Kamiakin 25-21, 25-22, 25-22. Southridge: Makenna Behrens 17K, 26 digs; Maddisen McNeill 11K, 3B; Sophia Sumner 3K; Lauren Beck 2K, 5B; Kayla Conrad 12 digs; Kennedy Conrad 5 digs, 2 aces; Kamaile Moody 31 assts, 11 digs, 3B. Kamiakin: Allison Stapleton 18K, 18 digs, 16-16 srv, 2 aces; Madison Judy 14K; Jill Sands 11-11 srv, 10 digs; Raegan Bishop 3 aces, 27 digs; Leanna Shymanski 9K; Kennedy Sarver 40 assts.
TRI-CITIES PREP 3, ASOTIN 0: Katie Casazza had 6 aces and 12 kills, while Lauryn Green added 7 aces and 10 kills as visiting Tri-Cities Prep swept Asotin in Southeast 2B play.
Prep, the Southeast 2B top seed with an 11-1 league mark, opens District 7/9 tournament play at home at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday against the Northeast 2B No. 4 seed.
Set scores: TC Prep 25-14, 25-10, 25-12. Tri-Cities Prep: Lauryn Green 7 aces, 10 kills; Katie Casazza 6 aces, 12 kills; Danika Whitsett 24 assists, 20 digs; Mary Seiner 19 digs.