It was only a friendly, a non-league warm-up for two upcoming Greater Columbia 1B League matches between the league's top two contenders, Klickitat and Trout Lake/Glenwood.
But if anything was to be drawn from the outcome of the Oct. 7 match at Klickitat, it would be that, when the matches start to count, the Klickitat Vandals will be the team to beat.
The Vandals won their first of three regular-season meetings with the Mustang Eagles by scores of 25- 14, 25-12, 25-12.
Samantha Brewer racked up 17 kills and Zoe Lindner notched four kills and six service aces to lead the Klickitat offense. Kali Fargher added three kills and Ashley Meeks chipped in with two. The defensive standout was Tia Spino with several digs.
"The girls played very well," said Vandals Coach Jaecee Hoctor. "Sam (Brewer) did an awesome job at the net. We practiced hitting around the block and she definitely did. She was only blocked a few times and her teammates were able to pick up some of them."
TLG Coach Angie Cox said the Mustang Eagles' lackluster showing against the Vandals was a letdown, considering the great opportunity it offered TLG to measure up to the league's top team with a good showing.
Instead, "Our first contest with Klickitat turned out to be a lesson in mental toughness for our team. We did not show up to play," Cox said. She added: "Put simply, Klickitat played with more 'heart' than we did."
Factors that contributed to TLG's setback, Cox analyzed, were the team's low hitting percentage (63 percent) and poor floor movement.
Highlights for the Mustang Eagles included Dana Kavanagh's performance at the service line (13/13, 2 aces) and Liz Vogt's play at the net (6 blocking kills).
At Trout Lake/Glenwood 3, Arlington, Ore. 2:
A season-best serving performance, combined with strong passing and a pressuring offense, powered the Mustang Eagles to a hard-earned non-league victory over the Honkers, by scores of 18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-25, 15-12.
TLG put 89 percent of its serves (68/76), with 13 going for aces. Liz Vogt tallied five aces, while Julia LaVallie (7/8), Audrey Hill (16/18) and Dana Kavanagh (17/19) each had two.
Vogt (11 kills, 36/48 attacks) and Kavanagh (6 kills, 15/18) led the TLG offense, and Vogt recorded three more blocking kills at the net.
"The girls played hard and worked together," said TLG Coach Angie Cox. "They did a great job of staying in position and were able to defend against Arlington's strong offense."
Defensive standouts, noted Cox, included Kavanagh -- "she had some amazing saves" -- and LaVallie -- "her best defensive match of the season."
LaSalle 3, at Lyle/Wishram 0:
The Cougars opened their season in the new Mid-Valley 2B League last Thursday with a straight-sets loss to the Lightning, 25-12, 25-15, 25-8.
For Lyle/Wishram, Briana Brock, Brittany Price and Yesica Gutierrez each connected on 100 percent of her serves, and Gutierrez had the Cougars' lone kill.