There were no gimmes for Columbia High in the opening week of SWW 1A Trico Division volleyball action.
The Bruins lost in straight sets at home to Castle Rock on Sept. 30, 25-10, 25-9, 25-11, then got swept at Stevenson on Thursday, 25-16, 25-12, 25-15.
"Castle Rock is definitely the strongest opponent we have faced this year," noted Bruins Coach Heidi Shultz. "They pass amazingly well and have a great setter and a couple of strong hitters. They were the better team."
Columbia, for its part, "had very few statistics, which tells a lot about how lopsided the game was," Shultz said.
Lacey Kruse recorded two kills and three blocks, Maree Jo Kettenring had two kills, two blocks and two assists, and Adrianne DeLay provided four assists, two blocks and three digs for the Bruins (0-2, 2-3).
Also of note, freshman Taryn Struck made her CHS varsity debut after breaking her wrist this summer.
"We thought she was out for the season but she made a faster-than-expected recovery," Shultz said. "After getting in her 10 practices, she started for varsity and had a good game."
At Stevenson 3, Columbia High 0:
The Bruins played better than they did in their Trico opener, but the Bulldogs played better still in front of a raucous partisan crowd.
"Stevenson had a band and kids with their faces painted, standing up and cheering, and jeering too," Shultz said. "The good news is we don't have to play there again."
The bad news was the Bruins lost despite registering season-highs in blocks and digs.
"Stevenson has some great hitters and while we recorded a record 12 blocks and 12 digs as a team, more than a few hard hits got through," Shultz noted.
Standouts for Columbia included Carah Concienne, Lacey Kruse, Adrianne DeLay and Kellyn McCutcheon.
"Carah played well, hitting 50 percent (on attacks), and Lacey played aggressively too," Shultz said. "Adrianne was her usual hustling self, and Kellyn, our libero, is a great asset in the backrow."
Concienne had a team-high six kills to go with two blocks; Kruse totaled two kills, six blocks and served 100 percent; DeLay tallied five assists, two blocks, four digs and two service aces; and McCutcheon finished with three digs.
Lyle/Wishram 3, at Cascade Locks, Ore. 1:
The Cougars netted their first win of the season last Saturday, winning their non-league encounter with the Pirates in four sets, 27-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14.
Lyle/Wishram, now 1-7, produced the victory with a combination of deft serving (20 aces) and aggressive net play (17 kills, 11 blocks).
Brittany Price led the way with nine kills, two blocks and seven aces. Lexi Becker delivered three kills, five blocks and eight aces. Taylor Freemantle had three kills, two blocks and three aces, and Alex Knickerbocker added two kills, two blocks and two aces.
Trout Lake/Glenwood 3, at Sunnyside Christian 2:
The Eagle Mustangs outlasted the Knights last Friday to win their Greater Columbia 1B League opener, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 17-25, 16-14.
"The girls' determination in the final game was the highlight of our night," said TLG Coach Angie Cox.
Trailing 14-13 in the fifth set, Audrey Hill saved a bad pass that led to a kill that tied the score, then Veronica Glenn served an ace to put TLG on top to stay.
Glenn finished with a team-high five service aces on 23-of-24 serves, while Liz Vogt led the TLG offense with 13 kills and an attack percentage of 89 (31/35).
Julie LaVallie contributed six kills, and Krissy Yarnell and Dana Kavanagh each tallied four kills for TLG (1-0, 4-1).
Klickitat 3, at Bickleton 0:
The Vandals improved to 2-0 in 1B league play last Friday with the sweep of the Pirates. Klickitat (2-0, 5-2) won by scores of 25-12, 25-11, 25-22. Additional details were unavailable at press time.
At Trout Lake/Glenwood 3, Lyle/Wishram 0:
The Eagle Mustangs overcame a slow start to post 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 victories over the Cougars in Sept. 30 non-league action in Trout Lake.
"We're a young team and are still working to find a good level of consistency," TLG Coach Angie Cox said, noting her team missed 22-of-97 serves and had 20 hitting errors.
Nonetheless, the Eagle Mustangs did a lot of good things during the match.
They served 18 aces (10 by Audrey Hill on 27-of-27 serves), made 26 kills (Liz Vogt had eight, Dana Kavanagh seven on 12-of-16 attacks), and tallied 26 digs (Vogt had nine, Kavanagh six).
Moreover, Veronica Glenn was a standout in the passing game with a 92 passing percentage (46/50, three digs).
Statistical leaders for Lyle/Wishram--which put 92 percent of its serves in play--were Lexi Becker (two kills), Brittany Price (two blocks) and Yesica Gutierrez (one block, one kill).
Trout Lake/Glenwood 3, at C.S. Lewis 0:
TLG recorded its highest serving and hitting percentages of the season during its Sept. 29 non-league sweep in Newberg, Ore.
"The girls played some of their best volleyball," said TLG Coach Angie Cox. "They were loud and communicated well, which made it a very fun match."
Cox said TLG's keys to victory were good passing (85 percent) combined with strong serving (88 percent) and hitting (83 percent).
Audrey Hill (14/14, six aces) and Krista Clark (10/10, four aces) were TLG's top servers, while Liz Vogt paced the offense with 14 kills on 25-of-28 attacks. Dana Kavanagh led the defense with a 96 percent passing performance (25/26).
At Klickitat 3, Sunnyside Christian 0:
The Vandals prevailed in their Sept. 30 league opener, 25-20, 25-12, 25-13.