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Prep Volleyball Roundup

Columbia High remains in hunt for district playoff berth

Columbia High stayed in contention for a SW District 1A volleyball tournament berth last week, despite splitting its matches with Ilwaco and La Center.

The Bruins, at 3-4 in SWW 1A League Trico Division standings, remained one game back of Kalama in the fight for fourth place.

Still, Columbia (4-4 overall) helped itself by dispatching Trico foe Ilwaco in straight sets here Oct. 9, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20.

The Bruins couldn't get it going against La Center two days later, however, losing in three, 25-17, 25-15, 25-15.

But with five league matches remaining--including an Oct. 22 make-up match at Stevenson--they have time to move up in the standings.

Among its key matches will be the final two, both on the road, at Rochester on Oct. 25 and at Kalama on Oct. 29.

Sunnyside Christian 3, at Trout Lake/Glenwood 1:

TLG pushed the Greater Columbia B League's 1B Division leaders to four sets last Friday in Glenwood before succumbing.

But it was an effort that made their coach proud.

"It was a great match with scores 22-25, 16-25, 25-14, 19-25," said TLG Coach Angie Cox. "The girls showed a lot of improvement and mentally stayed with the game."

An 80-percent mark at the service line, though, forced TLG to play defensively for most of the match, Cox said, noting, "Our victory in game three, however, was partially due to the team's 24 for 25 serving display."

Outstanding servers for TLG included Dana Kavanagh (10/11, ace), Allison Skahan (10/11, 2 aces), Audrey Hill (10/11, ace) and Tasha Johnson (2/2). Liz Vogt contributed four aces and Dave'y Lumley had two.

Lumley led TLG's offense with five kills and an attack percentage of 94 (16/17). Vogt was next in kills with four.

In the passing game, Lumley recorded 29 good passes, followed by Skahan (21) and Kavanagh (20).

Defensive standouts for TLG included Alura Gilliland, Lumley and Skahan. Each had three digs in the match.

Klickitat 3, at Bickleton 0:

Samantha Brewer registered nine kills and served five aces in the Vandals' Oct. 12 sweep of the Pirates.

Scores of the three competitive sets were 25-20, 25-16, 25-17.

Brewer, who shared team honors for most aces with Kali Fargher, put 10 consecutive serves in play in the second set, Vandals Coach Jaecee Ramsay noted.

Other highlights for Klickitat included Fargher's 14 aces, Zoe Lindner's six kills and the passing of Tia Spino, Brewer and Lindner.

At Riverside Christian 3, Lyle 0: The division-leading Crusaders dominated the Cougars in GCB 2B action last Thursday in Yakima.

Riverside won the match by scores of 25-5, 25-5, 25-12.

"This was a tough match for the girls," said Cougars Coach Lori Smith. "We had a hard time getting any type of offense going."

Freshmen Britt Price and Karlee Roth each scored two kills to pace Lyle's attack, and sophomore Tasha Gidley tallied one service ace during a perfect effort at the line.

La Salle 3, at Klickitat 0:

The Lightning disposed of the Vandals in straight sets Oct. 9, by scores of 25-21, 25-12, 25-19.

Highlights for Klickitat were few, but Vandals Coach Jaecee Ramsay said Tia Spino's serving proved hard for the Crusaders to receive.

Overall, noted Ramsay: "We competed better with them than the last time we played them. We are improving every game."

Lyle 3, at Three Rivers Christian 1:

The Cougars lost the opening set of the Oct. 9 non-league match in Kelso but bounced back to win the next three.

Scores of the match were 21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19.

"It was nice to see the girls fight back after the loss in game one," Cougars Coach Lori Smith said. "It's a young varsity team but it's improving with every game."

Standouts for Lyle included Karlee Roth (7 aces, 4 kills), Lexi Becker (5 kills, 4 blocks, 4 aces), Cassie Mireles-Bliss (4 kills, 6 aces), Tasha Gidley (3 kills, 2 aces) and Nicole Cook (100 percent serving).

Riverside Christian 3, at Klickitat 0:

The Vandals played better against the Crusaders in their Oct. 5 rematch, but not good enough to pull out a win.

Riverside beat Klickitat, 25-12, 25-9, 25-19 to remain unbeaten in league play.

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