It's been five years since the last time Klickitat County sent two teams to the same state volleyball tournament.
But Klickitat, Trout Lake/Glenwood and Bickleton will have the opportunity to repeat the feat this Saturday at the Yakima Valley District 1B tournament in Goldendale.
And that's because the Yakima Valley District gets two berths in this year's state tournament, which will take place Nov. 8-9 in the Yakima SunDome.
Saturday's double-elimination tournament gets underway at 10 a.m. with a best-of-five match between No. 2 seed Klickitat and No. 3 Trout Lake/Glenwood. The conclusion of that match will be followed 20 minutes later by the pairing of No. 4 Bickleton and No. 1 Sunnyside Christian.
Klickitat and Sunnyside Christian completed Greater Columbia B League play with identical 6-3 records, but Sunnyside gained the top seed based on pre-season drawing.
In GCB 2B Division play, Lyle will travel to Yakima tonight to take on La Salle in a district loser-out match. The winner will move on to play top seed Riverside Christian on Saturday for the district's one state berth.
Klickitat 3, at Lyle 1:
The Vandals closed out the regular season Monday night with a tough match against the Cougars, winning 25-18, 24-26, 25-10, 25-14.
For Klickitat, Samantha Brewer tallied 12 kills and five aces, Zoe Lindner had 10 kills and eight aces, and Kali Fargher recorded 18 assists.
At Trout Lake/Glenwood 3, Lyle 2:
TLG overcame a two-set deficit last Thursday to take the non-league match from the Cougars.
Lyle held a commanding lead in the match after winning the first two sets, 25-20, 25-19. But TLG stormed back to take the next three, 25-19, 25-12, 25-10.
Noted TLG Coach Angie Cox: "Under pressure in the do-or-die third game, the girls played great offense and pressed Lyle to make mistakes...I was very proud of the girls for mentally working through the losses of the first two games to play had to the very end of the match."
Standouts for TLG included Dave'y Lumley (27/29 serving, 9 aces, 3 kills), Dana Kavanagh (17/18, 5 aces), Veronica Glenn (9/11, 4 aces, 2 kills) and Alura Gilliland (5 digs).
Lyle was led by Lexi Becker (7 kills, 9 aces), Trish Erlenbush (6 kills), Lisa Donath (6 aces, 3 kills) and Britt Price (3 kills, 2 aces).
At Klickitat 3, Trout Lake/Glenwood 0:
The Vandals won the Oct. 23 non-league match by scores of 25-13, 27-25, 25-19.
TLG Coach Angie Cox said her team was hampered by poor passing that "restricted our offense for most of the match" and "struggled defensively with proper transition."
Highlights for TLG included Veronica Glenn's 11-for-11, 5-ace serving performance and Jennifer Bryan's six kills from the middle in place of the injured Liz Vogt.
Standouts for the victors were Samantha Brewer (8 kills), Kali Fargher (4 aces, 8 assists) and Zoe Lindner (3 kills).
At Lyle 3, Three Rivers Christian 0:
The Cougars won the closely contested Oct. 23 non-league match, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20.
Standouts for Lyle included Lexi Becker (5 serving aces, 4 kills), Karlee Roth (4 kills, 3 aces), Cassie Bliss (93 percent serving, 6 aces) and Trish Erlenbush (3 kills, 3 aces).