Columbia High clinched fifth place in the final 2008 SWW 1A League Trico Division standings with a four-set victory at winless Ilwaco last Tuesday.
The Bruins won the first two sets against the Fishermen, 25-22, 25-17; lost the third, 25-21, then secured the win with a 25-17 finish.
"The Ilwaco game was a game we expected to win, so I was just worried about getting everyone a lot of playing time after such a long bus ride," Bruins Coach Heidi Shultz.
Standouts for Columbia included Adrianne DeLay (33 for 33 serving, 7 aces; 8 digs, 2 blocks and 11 assists), Maree Jo Kettenring (18 assists, 2 kills, 3 blocks, 3 aces), Carah Concienne (13 kills, 3 blocks, 4 aces), Lacey Kruse (6 kills), Andrea Helton (5 kills), Gaby Duniphin (3 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace), Kellyn McCutcheon (8 digs, 7 for 7 serving), Taryn Struck (3 kills, 1 block) and Rachel Connolly (3 kills).
Two nights later CHS called it a season with a Senior Night match in Miller Memorial Gym against Trico opponent Kalama. The Bruins battled the Southwest District-bound Chinooks throughout the match but couldn't extend it beyond four sets.
Columbia lost the first set, 25-21, but evened the match with a 25-22 win in the second set. But Kalama rallied to win the match with 25-13, 25-18 victories in the third and fourth sets.
In the final match of their CHS career, Kruse tallied nine kills, four blocks and five aces; Concienne recorded eight kills, three blocks and two digs; Kettenring provided 10 asits, three blocks, three digs and one ace while going 12 for 12 from the service line; and Connolly chipped in with a kill and two digs.
The Bruins finished with a 2-8 Trico record and an overall mark of 4-9 in their best-of-five matches.
"This season was a lot of fun, despite the win-loss record," Shultz noted. "It was a positive group of girls with great attitudes. We have six returning players to build on for next year and a few coming up that will help us out."