Indians in four
SOUTH BEND — Hosting rival Raymond, South Bend overcame a rough first set to control this Pacific League match for a 17-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18 victory on Tuesday night.
The Indians (9-0, 10-1) were led by a 14-kill night for both Makenzie Russell and Katlyn Sawyer, with Russell adding 16 blocks. Kessa Wilson added six kills and eight blocks, Emily Sanchez was cited with four kills, 17 digs and 100 percent serving and Kaelani Collins for 100 percent serve-receive and 26-for-26 serving.
“We were up for it; all four of our hitters were aggressive and the back row was passing very well,” South Bend head coach Jackie Sanchez said. “It was a team effort. We had some ups and downs that we weathered and I’m proud of the girls for fighting through those.”
“We didn’t serve the ball well and that was the difference between the set we won and the ones we lost,” Raymond head coach Bob Swogger said. “In the set we won, we were aggressive and attacked the ball. In the sets we lost, we didn’t attack.”
Abby Maneman led the Gulls (5-4, 6-6) with eight kills and 10 digs, with Kira Dunsmoor adding four kills and eight blocks. Alex Gilbert, in her first match at libero, was cited for her efforts.
In the junior varsity match, South Bend won 25-10, 25-16. In the C Squad match, South Bend won 25-8, 25-17.
On Thursday, South Bend travels to North Beach and Raymond hosts Naselle.
Vikings win in three
MENLO — A flat first set ushered in a serving clinic by Willapa Valley’s Michaela Huber and Emily Fluke as the Vikings swept up North Beach 25-17, 25-6, 25-9 in Pacific League play on Tuesday night.
Huber and Fluke served nearly two-thirds of Valley’s points in the match — Huber was 28-for-30 and Fluke 17-for-17 — to lead the hosts.
“We came out kind of flat tonight and missed some serves,” Valley head coach Lori Snodgrass said. “Then we picked it up and started playing well, serving well. Overall consistency in the second and third sets made the difference.”
Karli Friese and Lauren Friese were cited for their work at the net.
In the junior varsity and C Squad matches, Willapa Valley won.
On Thursday, Valley (6-3, 6-5) hosts Senior Night festivites with Northwest Christian in town and North Beach (0-10, 0-11) hosts South Bend.
Elma loses in three
ELMA — Rainier took control of the net to turn back a hard-fought Elma challenge, 27-25, 25-22, 25-19, in Evergreen 1A League play on Tuesday at Elma.
Brenna Miller had 100 percent serving and 38 assists for the Eagles (1-8). Emily Gibson and Bethany Gibson contributed 15 kills and nine kills, respectively. Katherine Hennigar added five kills and 98 percent passing.
“We worked well as a team and played our best match of the year so far,” said Eagle head coach Renee Volz. “We followed through with our communication up until the last couple of points in each set.”
Elma’s junior varsity won, 25-16, 25-22.
Elma hits the road to Tenino on Thursday.