During a Wednesday afternoon and evening of playoff volleyball when nothing came easy, Klickitat/Glen-wood captured the Yakima Valley Dis-trict 1B championship with a hard-fought four-set victory over rival Sun-nyside Christian.
It was a bit of a follow-up performance for Klickitat/Glenwood (14-4), which clinched the Greater Columbia 1B League title and the league’s top district seed in late October.
The title match win was the K/G girls’ fourth of the year vs. the Christi-an Knights (12-10) who ended up second in league to secure the No. 2 district seed. All four of their matches went four sets.
K/G won the first two sets, 25-19, 25-22, in Goldendale High School’s gym, and looked headed for a sweep before Sunnyside Christian rallied to take the third set, 26-24.
The league champions seized the momentum early in the fourth set and poured it on for a 25-10 match-winning result that extended their win streak to six matches.
Sunnyside (12-10) operated at a disadvantage in that it had to play its way into the first of two possible title mat-ches under the tournament’s double-loss format. The Knights faced Trout Lake in a loser-out contest for the right to take on K/G.
The Mustangs got off to a hot start and prevailed 25-22, 25-18 to open a two-set margin in a best 3-of-5 series.
Sunnyside stormed back to win the next three, 25-22, 25-20, 15-6.
It was the Knights’ second victory over the Mustangs in a week and third of the season, in the most competitive of the three.
Trout Lake (7-11) opened the tournament with great hope and pushed K/G to five sets in their opening-round match on Nov. 2.
The Mustangs remained in the hunt for a State tournament berth by sweeping Yakama Nation (7-10) the same day, 25-15, 25-17, 25-16.