Volleyball Roundup: Taholah stays alive; Pacific League clubs fall

District 2B

Thursday’s schedule:

At Raymond: 5:30 p.m. — Wahkiakum vs. Adna (semifinal; winner to state). 7 p.m. — Toutle Lake vs. Morton/White Pass (semifinal; winner to state).

At Willapa Valley: 5 p.m. — South Bend vs. Ocosta (loser out). 6:30 p.m. — Mossyrock vs. Napavine (loser out). 8 p.m. — Winner South Bend-Ocosta vs. winner Mossyrock-Napavine (loser out).

At South Bend: 5 p.m. — Willapa Valley vs. Onalaska (loser out). 6:30 p.m. — Northwest Christian vs. North Beach (loser out). 8 p.m. — Winner Willapa Valley-Onalaska vs. North Beach-Northwest Christian (loser out).

Morton/White Pass rallied in the final two sets to outlast South Bend, 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-14, in the quarterfinals of the District IV Class 2B Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday night at Koplitz Fieldhouse.

The loss capped a rough opening night of district for Pacific League members.

Willapa Valley was the only Pacific team to win a match, opening with a 25-21, 17-25, 15-7, 25-23 win over Mossyrock at Adna. But the Vikings fell to host Adna, 25-20, 25-15, 25-15, in the quarterfinals.

Ocosta fell to Wahkiakum, 25-6, 25-22, 25-11, and North Beach lost to Napavine, 25-6, 25-17, 25-16, in opening-round contests at Lacey and Toutle Lake, respectively.

Wahkiakum went on to pull off the upset of the night, stunning Pacific League champion Northwest Christian, 25-18, 25-20, 25-12, in the quarterfinals.

While Adna faces Wahkiakum and Morton/White Pass takes on Toutle Lake in semifinals Thursday night at Raymond, South Bend (11-4), Willapa Valley (10-6), Ocosta (5-10) and North Beach (5-11) dropped into the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament. Each will have to win twice Thursday to stay alive, with South Bend facing Ocosta at Willapa Valley, North Beach challenging Northwest Christian and Willapa Valley opposing Onalaska at South Bend.

South Bend rallied from a 9-1 deficit in the fifth set against Morton/White Pass to tie it at 11-11 and 13-13. The Timberwolves took three of the final four points to end the back-and-forth encounter.

“It was a tough loss,” Tribe coach Jackie Sanchez observed. “It was a great volleyball match. We got bit with balls in transition and miscommunication but, other than that, I thought we played incredibly hard.”

Makenzie Russell paced the Indians with 19 kills, 15 digs and nine blocks. Kessa Wilson added 10 kills and 10 blocks, while Katlyn Sawyer had seven kills.

South Bend libero Maddie Klus, 22-of-22 serving, brought up 15 digs. Emily Sanchez had 11 digs and was credited with outstanding setting.

Lauren Friese smacked six kills and her cousin Karli Friese was praised for all-around play in Willapa Valley’s win over Mossyrock. Viking setter Emily Fluke put all 22 of her serves into play.

“We played really well in that match,” Valley coach Lori Snodgrass said.

Adna stayed on the attack for most of its quarterfinal victory over the Vikings.

“Our serve-receive left us,” Snodgrass said. “We gave up too many free balls and Adna wound up hitting at us.”

Willapa Valley’s Baylee Layman connected on all 35 of her serves on the night.

Making its first district appearance in several years, North Beach was betrayed by its inexperience against Napavine.

“They were scared out of their minds,” Hyak coach Angi Schreiber said. “Not knowing what to expect threw them on a tailspin downward.”

Details of the Ocosta-Wahkiakum match were unavailable.

Chitwhins win in five

TAHOLAH — Finding its serving rhythm just in time, Taholah stayed alive in the District IV Class 1B Tournament by overcoming Pope John Paul of Lacey, 20-25, 25-13, 20-25, 15-13, 15-9, in an opening-round match Tuesday at Taholah.

The Chitwhins (10-2) face Three Rivers Christian in a semifinal scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Rochester.

Taholah coach Jinny Marchand said her team struggled in the early going against Pope John Paul.

“I think the girls were a little nervous and we made some mistakes we normally don’t,” Marchand said. “In the fifth game, our serving was really on. We were able to take the lead and keep it.”

Taholah’s Karleena Walther, Rheanna Logan, Tia Cheney and Trish Dunn were cited for serving.


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