The second half of the Greater Columbia B League volleyball schedule started last week, and three of five Klickitat County members won their second-half openers.
First-place Klickitat defeated visiting LaSalle of Yakima in straight sets on Oct. 5.
The Vandals won 15-4, 15-9, 15-3 to mint their No. 1 standing in state Class B volleyball rankings.
Lyle, meanwhile, solidified its hold on second place in GCB standings by sweeping Sunnyside Christian, 15-6, 15-11, 15-12, on the Cougars' home court.
That same night, in Trout Lake, 15-3, 15-3, 15-11 victories over Bickleton earned the Mustangs their third league win of the season.
At Klickitat 3, LaSalle 0 --
The Vandals hit on 61 of 63 serves (96.8 percent) and converted 26 of 47 kill attempts against the Lightning.
Seven of the 10 players who saw action for Klickitat served 100 percent. Six of the 10 had at least one kill.
Junior Jaecee Ramsay was 13 for 13, followed by senior Michelle Martell (11-11) and junior Naomi Vitale (11-11). Vitale also had a team-high two aces.
Junior Jordan Graeme led the Vandals with 11 kills, four blocks and two saves.
Vitale added seven kills, and senior Randi Steindorf contributed with 15 assists.
Still, Klickitat is far from where it wants to be by the first weekend of November, according to Vandals Coach Kirk Huwe.
"We missed only two serves in the match but we need to work on our consistency and continue to improve," he said.
In jayvee action, Klickitat prevailed 15-12, 15-2, 15-7.
Sophomore Rochelle Overbay, 10 for 10 serving, served three aces, and soph Kaeley Schultz had two.
Junior Jaecee Ramsay recorded five kills and sophomore Danielle Curtis tallied four.
Sophomore Lyndsey Huwe and freshman Diedra Clack each made two saves.
At Lyle 3, Sunnyside Christian 0 --
The Cougars swept the Knights for the second time this season, thanks to solid all-around play from its starters and support players.
"We came out and played three strong games," said Cougars Coach Lori Smith. "We hustled and made some great saves to keep the ball in play."
She praised the play of senior Kristina Lucas and junior Lindsey Blaine, who turned in outstanding matches at the net and on the service line.
Lyle's junior varsity struggled from the service line, however, losing 15-0, 15-3.
At Trout Lake 3, Bickleton 0 --
The Mustangs put the ball down hard and consistently in their shutout of the last-place Pirates.
Noted Pirates Coach Tom Whitmore: "Nobody has hit that well against us with the exception of Klickitat."
Not that Trout Lake is in Klickÿtat's class yet. But Mustangs Coach Jeff Agar liked what he saw nonetheless.
"I thought we played well. When we are relaxed and play with confidence, we get the results we're looking for."
Sophomore Stephanie Bennett was solid across the board. She served at a 93-percent clip, completed 85 percent of her sets, and had 16 assists and two saves.
Senior Linda Whigham led the Trout Lake onslaught with five kills. Sophomore Jessica Moore, in her first varsity start, complemented her teammate, finishing with four kills and two blocks.
Trout Lake and Bickleton's jayvee squads split two games, with the Colts winning 15-7, the Pirates 15-12.
The Colts also were in action on Oct. 4. They lost to visiting Cascade Locks, Ore., in three, 8-15, 15-13, 2-15.