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Klickitat Captures 11th Straight League Championship

Vandals, Lyle Cougars enter district tournaments seeded one and two

Klickitat reigned supreme once again, going through another Greater Columbia B League volleyball campaign undefeated and winning its 11th conference championship in a row.

The Vandals locked up the title with an Oct. 23 sweep of the Lyle Cougars.

Subsequently, in their season finales last weekend, both Klickitat and Lyle secured Yakima Valley B District Tournament berths and first-round byes.

The Vandals, rated second in state B rankings (behind defending state champion Davenport), go in seeded No. 1; the Cougars are seeded second.

Sunnyside Christian, Riverside Christian, LaSalle and Trout Lake complete the six-team field.

This year's district tournament, as in previous years, will be played Saturday in Goldendale.

What's different about the 2001 tourney is that two GCB teams -- not just one, as in past seasons -- will qualify for the Nov. 9-10 state finals in Cheney.

Klickitat, 54-0 in league play the last four seasons, will be seeking its fourth-straight district title and trip to state.

Klickitat 3, at Lyle 0 --

The rematch of the GCB's two top teams ended the same as the first meeting: with a Vandals victory.

Klickitat won the rematch by scores of 15-12, 15-10, 15-6.

"It was a great night," said Vandals Coach Kirk Huwe. "Lots of fans, and lots of good volleyball."

Huwe praised the play of junior Naomi Vitale. She had three aces on 14-of-14 serving and nine kills.

"Naomi has stepped up. She's been getting better each match," he noted.

Junior Jordan Graeme added eight kills to Klickitat's frontline attack. Junior Jaecee Ramsay contributed with 15 assists and sophomore Kaeley Schultz served 10-for-10 serving with two aces.

Klickitat's jayvee also earned a sweep, 15-6, 15-4.

At Riverside Christian 3, Trout Lake 1 --

Senior Linda Whigham's 14 kills, nine digs, six blocks and three aces weren't enough to help the Mustangs win their Oct. 26 regular-season finale.

Trout Lake lost the first two sets, 15-3, 15-10, and forced a fourth set with a 17-15 win in the third. The Crusaders took the fourth 15-7.

In junior varsity action, freshman Molly McKinney had seven assists and served 89 percent to help her team win 15-10, 15-11.

At Klickitat 3, Sunnyside Christian 0 --

In their Oct. 26 GCB finale, the Vandals swept the Knights, 15-6, 15-13, 15-6.

Senior Randi Steindorf (20-21) and junior Naomi Vitale (14-14) each served four aces for Klickitat.

Vitale also tallied six kills. Junior Jordan Graeme had 11, senior Michelle Martell 10.

Sunnyside Christian did give Klickitat some trouble, however.

"We were ahead 11-1 and ended up winning 15-13 in game two," Vandals Coach Kirk Huwe noted. "We need to work on our consistency. We shouldn't give up leads like that."

Klickitat's jayvee had little or no trouble in winning 15-6, 15-4.

At Trout Lake 3, Glenwood 1 --

The Mustangs clinched their first district berth in two seasons on Oct. 23 , dropping the Eagles in four sets.

Trout Lake won the first two sets, 16-14, 15-10, and the fourth, 15-9. The third set went to Glenwood, 17-15.

Mustangs Coach Jeff Agar called Trout Lake's effort the "best overall match we've played all year."

"Both teams came ready to play," he said. "It was fun to just sit back and watch two evenly matched teams battle it out."

Sophomore Stephanie Bennett spurred the Mustangs on with her passing. She set 95 percent (94-of-99) of her chances and collected 28 assists. She also served 12-for-12 and made a team-high seven digs.

Senior Linda Whigham was a beneficiary of Bennett's sets, knocking down 20 kills. She also had six blocks and six digs.

Sophomore Sierra Long contributed to the win with eight kills and two aces. Junior Marcaila Bryerton added a career-best five kills.

Trout Lake's jayvee prevailed in two, 15-6, 15-5.

At LaSalle 3, Trout Lake 0 --

Unforced errors led to the Mustangs' three-set loss to the Lightning on Oct. 19.

Top performers for Trout Lake were senior Linda Whigham (5 aces, 5 blocks, 6 kills), sophomores Sierra Long (18-19 serving, 3 aces, 4 kills) and Stephanie Bennett (92 percent 12 assists), and junior Marcaila Bryerton (5 digs).

The Mustangs junior varsity fared only slightly better, winning one of three sets, 15-10.

Mount Adams Tournament, at Trout Lake --

Goldendale's jayvee defeated Trout Lake's varsity 15-13, 13-15, 15-12 Oct. 20 in the tournament's championship match.

The Mustangs got off to a slow start, losing to Glenwood, 30-19, in pool play. But they regrouped to advance to the finals.

Seniors Linda Whigham and Amber Dalziel, and sophomore Sierra Long powered the Mustangs' attack, combining for 67 kills.

Long also has 15 digs, followed by Whigham (9) and junior Marcaila Bryerton (8).

Trout Lake's top server for the tournament was freshman Courtney Smith (33-for-35). Sophomore Stephanie Bennett contributed with 49 assists and seven saves.

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