The youngest team--with the fewest in number--proved it was the little team that could at last week's second WIAA Class 1B Volleyball Tournament.
Klickitat, a team of one junior, two sophomores, two freshmen and three eighth-graders with a rookie head coach, made it to Friday's trophy round in the Yakima SunDome, where it lost to second-ranked Moses Lake Christian in straight sets in the match for fourth place.
For their two days of effort, the Vandals (11-7) received the trophy for seventh place--Klickitat's eighth trophy in 10 state tournament appearances and first since 2002, when it placed fourth.
First-year Vandals Coach Jaecee Ramsay, a member of three trophy winning squads at Klickitat, including the 2002 team, couldn't have been prouder of the way her team handled itself against its more-experienced opponents.
"They did really great for such a young team," first-year Ramsay told a reporter after Klickitat's last match. "They held things together to begin the season with no seniors, and they improved each day and just did so well."
Standouts for the Vandals during their tournament run were junior Kali Fargher, who doled out 43 assists in four matches; freshman Samantha Brewer, who had 40 kills in the team's first three matches; and sophomore Zoe Lindner, who tallied 27 kills overall.
Klickitat 3, Neah Bay 1:
The Yakima Valley District champions served 21 aces last Thursday in their opening match against the Red Devils. Set scores were 25-20, 25-9, 22-25, 25-12.
Fargher led the way with seven aces, Lindner had six and Brewer added five for Klickitat, which also got two aces from sophomore Tia Spino and one from eighth-grader Martisha Woodall.
Moreover, Brewer recorded 14 kills and five blocks, and Lindner made nine kills. Fargher contributed to the success of Klickitat's attack with 15 assists.
LaCrosse-Washtucna 3, Klickitat 0:
The Tigercats knocked the Vandals into the consolation bracket last Thursday, sweeping to the quarterfinal victory by scores of 25-21, 25-18, 25-8.
Brewer paced Klickitat's offense with nine kills. Fargher passed for five assists, and Lindner, Spino, Woodall and freshman Brenda Lambert each had one service ace.
Klickitat 3, Lopez Island 1:
Brewer found the floor 17 times for the Vandals in their consolation win last Friday over the No. 1 team out of the Northwest Regional.
Klickitat dropped the first set, 26-24, then reeled off 25-19, 26-24, 25-18 wins to eliminate the Lobos and advance to the match for fourth place.
Lindner added 10 kills and Fargher collected 18 assists for the Vandals.
Moses Lake Christian 3, Klickitat 0:
The Vandals had no answer for the Lions' Esther Timofayev, who had 23 kills and five blocks in the North Central District champ's 25-17, 25-7, 25-16 sweep of Friday's trophy-round match.
Lindner led Klickitat with eight kills and Fargher had five assists.