South Bend bows out of state volleyball

YAKIMA — The strong hitting of Alissa Brooks-Johnson and Sami Robinson proved the difference as Pe Ell eliminated South Bend from the state 2B volleyball tournament with a 25-20, 27-25, 25-19 victory in a loser-out contest Saturday at the SunDome in Yakima.

The Indians concluded their season with a 17-4 record.

South Bend missed only one serve for the contest and coach Jackie Sanchez had no quarrel with her team’s passing. The Tribe, however, experienced difficulty closing out sets.

Pe Ell closed out the first set with an 8-3 run, then rallied from an 18-11 deficit in the second set. South Bend served for the set at 25-24 but dropped the final three points.

“When the moments got tight at the end of the sets, we backed down and they went forward,” Sanchez said. “I think that was the difference in the match.

The Tribe also had no answer for the power of Brooks-Johnson and Robinson.

“We got beat by those two kids,” Sanchez asserted.

Makenzie Russell paced the Indians with 15 kills and 13 blocks, while Katlyn Sawyer added 10 kills. Myranda Curtis was also cited for setting and Emily Sanchez and Alison Funkhouser for passing.

The Indians made their 12th state appearance since 1996.

Coach Sanchez saluted seniors Curtis and Michaela Eastham for their contributions to the program.