Klickitat geared up for its Tuesday rematch will Lyle by taking the trophy at last Saturday's Dufur (Ore.) Volleyball Tournament.
The Vandals won 13-of-14 sets on the day. The only set they lost was to the team from Condon, Ore., in a semifinal match. Earlier this season, the Blue Devils beat the Vandals on their way to winning the Wasco County Tournament.
In the title match at Dufur, Klickitat swept St. Paul, Ore., 15-2, 15-5, 15-8.
"We had a great tournament," Vandals Coach Kirk Huwe said. "We showed that we can play some tough volleyball for an entire tournament."
Klickitat standouts included senior Michelle Martell (4 aces, 4 blocks, 35 kills), junior Jordan Graeme (41 kills, 7 blocks, 3 aces, 36 assists), junior Jaecee Ramsay (40-44 serves, 8 aces, 20 kills), senior Randi Steindorf (42-44 serves, 27 assists) and sophomore Kaeley Schultz (5 aces).
At Lyle 3, Riverside Christian 1 --
Inconsistent serving in the third set prevented the Cougars from sweeping the Crusaders last Friday.
Lyle lost that set 15-13, but won the first, second and fourth, 15-6, 15-4, 15-8.
Juniors Sarah Billette and Lindsey Blaine were standouts at the service. Billette was 9-for-9, while Blaine served 11 aces to go with nine kills at the net.
At Klickitat 3, Bickleton 0 --
Away or at home, the Vandals are tough to beat as the Pirates found out last Friday.
Klickitat crushed Bickleton in straight sets, 15-0, 15-1, 15-2.
The Vandals missed just two of 49 serves on the night, with junior Jaecee Ramsay (17-17) and senior Michelle Martell (7-8) serving two aces apiece.
Other Klickitat highlights included junior Jordan Graeme's seven kills, senior Randi Steindorf's 13 assists and sophomore Lyndsey Huwe's ace and two saves.
The Klickitat jayvee's match went more quickly than the varsity's, by scores of 15-0, 15-4.
Klickitat scored 33 kills in 35 attacks, led by Danielle Curtis (9-9), Erin Draeger (7-7), and Denise Cleveland (5-5).
Diedra Clack and Lyndsey Huwe both served 10-for-10.
At LaSalle 3, Trout Lake 0 --
The Lightning struck down the Mustangs in three sets last Friday, winning the match by 15-10, 15-11, 15-7 scores. Details were unavailable.
Lyle 3, at Glenwood 0 --
The Cougars remained a step back of frontrunner Klickitat, sweeping the Eagles 15-4, 15-3, 15-9 on Oct. 16.
Junior Lindsey Blaine and exchange student Sabrina Bohme provided the muscle for Lyle. Blaine converted 19 attacks into 12 kills, while Bohme registered seven kills in 12 attempts.
Another key to Lyle's victory, said Cougars Coach Lori Smith, was its passing. She noted: "As a team, we passed the ball well on serve receive."
Klickitat 3, at Trout Lake 0 --
Klickitat improved its league mark to 11-0 with 15-2, 15-1, 15-5 victories over Trout Lake Oct. 16.
In spite of the loss, Mustangs Coach Jeff Agar was upbeat about his team's effort "against the toughest serving team in the league."
"It was our best passing and serve receiving match of the year, which is an accomplishment against the number-one ranked team in the state."
He particularly praised seniors Linda Whigham and Amber Dalziel. "They came to play," he said.
Both Whigham and Dalziel completed 100 percent of their passes. In addition, Whigham had four digs and sophomore Stephanie Bennett collected seven assists.
The Vandals were on top of their game, though their statistics suggested otherwise.
Senior Michelle Martell led the way with a 19-of-19 serving effort that produced four aces. She also knocked down seven kills.
Junior Jordan Graeme made her presence known, recording nine kills in 13 attacks, and five blocks.
Senior Randi Steindorf passed for 17 assists and junior Jaecee Ramsay netted two aces.
Ramsay and junior Naomi Vitale each pounded four kills. Vitale also had two saves.
In jayvee action, Klickitat prevailed in two of three sets, 15-6, 15-6, 14-16.