Lady Indians play well at State

By GEOERGE A. A. KUNKE


By GEORGE KUNKE

South Bend won one of three matches at the Class 2B State Volleyball Championships at the Yakima SunDome Friday and Saturday.

“I am so proud of each and every person on this team and their tremendous season,” SBHS Head Volleyball Coach Jackie Sanchez told the Herald. “I so appreciate all of their hard work, best effort, and great attitudes that they give to me, their teammates, and volleyball. I would like to thank my five seniors, Maddie Klus, Makenzie Russell, Katlyn Sawyer, Kathryn Staats, and Kessa Wilson for all of their contributions to South Bend Volleyball.”

Lady Indians 3, White Swan 0

The Lady Indians stayed alive by winning an elimination match over White Swan in straight sets, 25-23, 25-8, 25-21 mid-afternoon Saturday.

“I thought our girls played very solid,” Coach Sanchez said. “They were very focused on what needed to be done to win. Offensively, we were led by Makenzie Russell (14 kills and 8 blocks), Katlyn Sawyer (7 kills), Kessa Wilson (5 kills and 2 blocks), and Kathryn Staats (3 kills). Our setters did a great job of running the offense led by Emily Sanchez (11 assists), and Alison Funkhouser and Rielly Myers (5 assists). In the backcourt we were led defensively by Sanchez (15 digs), Russell (11 digs), Morgan Patterson (10 digs), and Maddie Klus (9 digs). Sanchez and Klus were solid on serve-receive going 7 for 7 and 15 for 17 respectively. Cited for serving was Funkhouser, going 15 of 15.”

Colfax 3, South Bend 0

State champion Colfax defeated the Lady Indians in three games, 25-20, 25-13, 25-17 in the first round Friday morning.

“I knew going in this was going to be a tough match for us, as Colfax has a tendency to win the State tourney in years past,” Coach Sanchez said. “I thought we played a very good match against them. I believe we scored more points against them than anyone else in the tourney. Colfax has a lot of offensive power from all positions, and I thought we did a tremendous job defensively against them blocking and passing. I thought we played very hard, and we never quit from start to finish.

“Offensively, we were led by Makenzie Russell  (9 kills, 9 blocks), and Katlyn Sawyer and Kathryn Staats each with 6 kills,” Sanchez said. “Kessa Wilson contributed 6 blocks. Setter Emily Sanchez had 11 assists, with Alison Funkhouser 3 and Rielly Myers each contributing 2 assists.

“We had a great match of defense with Russell and Maddie Klus (12 digs), Sanchez (10 digs), Funkhouser (9 digs), and Kathryn Staats (8 digs),” Coach Sanchez said. “Klus, Sanchez, and Funkhouser were all solid on serve-receive. As a team we served fantastic – going 52 out of 53.”  

Adna 3, South Bend 1

The Adna Pirates sent the Tribe packing with a 21-25, 25-19, 28-26, 25-21 victory.

“This was a hard fought match on both sides of the net,” Coach Sanchez said. “Our girls really played their hearts out. I was so proud of them. I thought we did a good job of putting the ball away from Adna at times, and I thought our girls made some good defensive adjustments as well throughout the match.

“Defensively, we were led by Emily Sanchez (19 digs) and Maddie Klus (11 digs),” Coach Sanchez reported. “Solid on serve-receive was Sanchez (100 percent), Klus (92 percent), Makenzie Russell (89 percent), and Alison Funkhouser (88 percent).

“Offensively, Sanchez contributed (10 assists), Rielly Myers (9 assists), Russell (13 kills and 7 blocks), Kessa Wilson (10 kills and 4 blocks), Katlyn Sawyer (4 kills), and Kathryn Staats and Myers (2 kills),” Coach Sanchez added. “Morgan Patterson led all servers with 17 of 17.”