Columbia High played its second-longest match of the season last Thursday, pushing visiting Seton Catholic to four sets before falling.
The Cougars from Vancouver won the first two sets of the 1A Trico League match, 25-13, 25-17; lost the third, 25-20; then put away the Bruins (0-4 in league, 0-5 overall) with a 25-10 decision in the fourth.
“Against Seton Catholic we got a lot more opportunities to hit but we still had trouble during transitions,” Bruins Coach Heidi Shultz said.
“After watching video of the game, “ she continued, “it is clear we are not transitioning well from offense, to base, and to defense. Basically, people are not getting to the right spot or are getting there too late. But, these are things we can work on and see improvement in right away.”
Keyla Manly’s six kills led the CHS attack. Lauren Thie-sies and Autumn Engbarth each tallied five kills, Kayla McClain and Sami Tardiff both scored two, and Lexy McKee had one.
Morgan Cantwell recorded 14 assists from her setting position and served up two aces. Payton Struck got credit for seven assists.
Defensive standouts included Alyssa Trout with 13 digs, Manly with 12, McClain with 11, McKee with six, and Thiesies with five.
“The highlights of the game were some great defensive saves made by the team,” Shultz noted, particularly in the third set. “The girls hustled and covered well.”
On Sept. 23, the Bruins visited La Center for their third Trico match, but it went by much too quickly for CHS’s sake. The Wildcats defeated the Bruins in straight sets, 25-6, 25-16, 25-13.
McClain had a line of four kills, one ace, and three digs; Manly had three kills and 12 digs; Thiesies collected two kills and four digs; Cantwell finished with eight assists, five digs, and an ace; and Engbarth tallied two aces and a kill.
At Sunnyside Christian 3, Klickitat 0: The Vandals and the Knights went extra time in the first set before the host side prevailed, 26-24.
Sunnyside Christian completed the sweep of the Greater Columbia 1B League match with 25-13 and 25-9 results in the next two sets.
Nicolle Oldfield recorded six kills to lead the Vandals. Barbara Schlangen and Tamaira Huffsmith each downed five. Kenzie Tuthill also played an active role in the Klickitat attack, as she doled out 12 assists.
Trout Lake 3, at Yakama Tribal 0: The Mustangs pick-ed up a Greater Columbia 1B League victory in Toppenish last Friday, in straight sets, 25-14, 25-18, 25-15.
Eighth-grader Liz Fink served six aces and junior Cynthia Mendoza registered four kills for the Mustangs.
At Trout Lake 3, Horizon Christian 0: The Mustangs rolled to the non-league win over the Hawks, 25-8, 25-8, 25-5.
The highlight of the match, said Mustangs Coach Julie Fink, came in the third set when senior Elle Van Laar served 16 straight points.