Thursday, September 23, 2004
Columbia High entered the fourth week of high school volleyball action looking to get its season back on track.
After opening with a straight-sets victory at Trout Lake on Sept. 9, the Bruins dropped their first two Trico Division matches at La Center on Sept. 14 and versus Woodland here last Thursday.
La Center handed Columbia its first loss of the season, winning in three sets, 25-22, 25-21, 25-13.
Defending Trico and state 2A champion Woodland made even quicker work of the Bruins, sweeping to 25-6, 25-10, 25-14 victories on the court of Miller Memorial Gym.
Bruins Coach Terry Thomas, now in his second season, remained upbeat about the losses heading into Tuesday's Trico match at Ridgefield.
"Yeah, we pretty much got blown out by Woodland after playing pretty well in our first two matches," he said. "But the positive thing we can draw on is, we're better than we showed against Woodland, and we can play even better than we did against Trout Lake and La Center."
After their trip to Ridgefield, the Bruins return to action in Miller Gym tonight (Sept. 23) for a Trico showdown with Castle Rock.
"Those are going to be tough tests," Thomas said of this week's matchups. "But if we come out and play with a lot of energy and a ton of passion, I think we can with them both."
White Salmon's jayvee is off to a 1-1 start under second-year coach Amy Landgren.
The Junior Bruins defeated their La Center counterparts there Sept. 14, but lost to Woodland's jayvee here last Thursday.