Klickitat gutted out a five-set victory over Sunnyside Christian last Saturday in Goldendale to earn a second-straight trip to the WIAA Class 1B volleyball tournament.
It was the Vandals second five-set win of the season over the Knights, who shared first place (with Klickitat) in the Greater Columbia B League's 1B Division at the end of regular-season play.
In last weekend's Yakima Valley District championship match, however, Klickitat had no equal. Playing like a seasoned playoff team, the Vandals claimed the district's No. 1 seed in this week's state tourney in Yakima by beating the Knights, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-11.
Freshman middle blocker Samantha Brewer, the tournament's outstanding player, led the way for Klickitat, recording 18 kills and nine blocks against Sunnyside Christian.
Sophomore Zoe Lindner added five kills, two blocks and two service aces, and junior setter Kali Linville provided 13 assists and five kills.
"The girls played really well at district," first-year Vandals Coach Jaecee Ramsay noted. "They really deserved being district champs. They worked hard and used their talents to the fullest."
Klickitat's state tournament begins today at 3:30 p.m. against Neah Bay, in the SunDome. Its second match of the double-elimination tourney will be at 6:30.
Sunnyside Christian 3, Trout Lake-Glenwood 1:
The Knights laid claim to the district's No. 2 state seed with the consolation victory over the Mustangs, 25-23, 25-27, 25-11, 25-18.
"The final match versus Sunnyside was a test in mental toughness for both teams after a long, tiring day," TLG Coach Angie Cox noted. "Our girls worked hard and covered the floor well but were unable to execute many of their attacks. And the team again struggled with key serves."
TLG had 12 serving errors (versus nine aces) against the Knights, who totaled 21 aces and 13 serving errors in the last of the day's five matches.
Standouts for TLG included freshman middle blocker Liz Vogt (7 kills in 10 attacks) and senior middle blocker Jennifer (4 kills, 25 good passes) and freshman outside hitter Veronica Glenn (34 good passes).
Klickitat 3, Trout Lake-Glenwood 1:
Samantha Brewer and Zoe Lindner combined for 40 kills, and Kali Linville passed for 35 assists in the Vandals' semifinal win over the Mustangs.
Brewer had 28 kills and Lindner totaled 12 for Klickitat, which won the day's first match by scores of 25-16, 25-12, 22-25, 25-16. Brewer also served four aces in the match.
TLG was paced by Allison Skahan (7 aces, 11-for-11 serving, 3 kills), Liz Vogt (5 kills), Dave'y Lumley (4 kills, 27 good passes), Tasha Johnson (4 digs) and Dana Kavanagh (3 digs).
Trout Lake-Glenwood 3, Bickleton 0:
The Mustangs served 25 aces and eliminated the Pirates from the tournament with hard-fought 25-21, 26-24, 25-22 wins in consolation play.
Veronica Glenn led TLG, which served at a 94-percent clip during the match, with seven aces on 18-of-20 serves, and Allison Skahan (11/11) and Dana Kavanagh (11/12) each had six aces.
TLG's top attackers against Bickleton were Liz Vogt with four kills and Dave'y Lumley with three. In the passing game, Heather Huffsmith was a perfect 11 for 11.
Sunnyside Christian 3, Bickleton 0:
The Knights advanced to the championship match with 25-15, 25-15, 25-15 wins over the Pirates.