South Bend whipped Ocosta in three games 25-11, 25-8, 25-16 last Tuesday (Sept. 24) at Koplitz Fieldhouse.
“Our goal for this game was to play consistent volleyball start to finish,” said SBHS Head Volleyball Coach Jackie Sanchez. “I thought the kids did a terrific job of this. We did a great job controlling the tempo of the game, and we were able to stay on offense the majority of the game.
“Katlyn Sawyer went 22 for 23 from the service line and had 6 kills,” Sanchez noted. “Makenzie Russell had a great night at the net for us with 9 kills and 6 blocks. Kathryn Staats had 3 kills. Morgan Patterson went 16 for 17 serving and had 6 aces. Our ball handlers, Patterson, Maddie Klus, Emily Sanchez, and Alison Funkhouser did a great job for us passing and setting up the offense. Kessa Wilson did a good job at the net for us with 100 percent of her hits in.
Lady Indians 3, Lady Seagulls 0
South Bend disposed of Raymond in straight sets, 25-15, 25-13 and 25-13 last Thursday at home.
“This was another match that we were focused on playing consistent volleyball,’ Coach Sanchez said. “The girls played hard the entire match, had great communication with each other, and it was nice to get the win. Makenzie Russell is cited for all-around play with 11 kills, 100 percent serves, and solid passing. Kathryn Staats and Emily Sanchez each had 4 kills. Katlyn Sawyer had 2 kills and led all blocking with 3. Sanchez and Alison Funkhouser led the team defensively and did a good job of setting up the offense. Libero Maddie Klus and DS (defensive specialist) Morgan Patterson both had a solid night in the back row and Klus led all servers going 20 for 20 and had 3 aces. Kessa Wilson went 3 for 3 at the net tonight.”
The Lady Indians host arch rival Willapa Valley Thursday and travel to Naselle Tuesday. South Bend hosts its annual junior varsity tournament Saturday.
Willapa Valley 3, North Beach 0
Willapa Valley remained undefeated at 4-0 after a 25-7, 25-23, 25-20 win over visiting North Beach last Thursday. The Vikings improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Pacific League.
“We came out really strong and then had some trouble being consistent for the second and third sets,” Valley coach Lori Snodgrass told the Herald Sunday afternoon. “We were actually behind in both sets.
“Karli Friese had a good all around night, led our team in passing, and had 6 kills at the net,” Snodgrass noted. “Brooke Spoor added 5 kills and 100 percent serving, going 15 for 15. Emily Fluke had a very consistent night while setting 28 assists. Brooke also had 3 blocks on the night.”
Coach Snodgrass added that North Beach has “improved greatly” in the past two seasons.
Willapa Valley was victorious in the junior varsity match 26-24, 25-14 and 15-4. “It was a good all around night for the JV team. They played consistent as a team,” Snodgrass said.
Valley’s C-squad split two games.
Valley competed at a competitive tournament at Raymond over the weekend and qualified to the championship round where they lost to Orting. The Vikes had a record of 4-3 in pool play.
“The tournament was a good fun tournament to play at,” Snodgrass said. “It gave us the opportunity to play against teams you don’t normally get to play against. “We improved as the day went on, and we needed to do that.” Also competing at Raymond were Tacoma Baptist, Orting, Ilwaco, North Beach, Northwest Christian and South Bend.
The Vikes hosted Northwest Christian last night and visit South Bend tomorrow before heading to Raymond Oct. 8.
“Northwest Christian has a couple of really good hitters that are really tall,” Snodgrass said. “I’ve got some height, but it’s young height. We’re still figuring out how to use our height. This week will be a good test for us.”
Lady Seagulls Lose Twice
Last week Raymond lost matches against North Beach and South Bend.
“This past week was a rough one for us,” RHS head coach Bob Swogger told the Herald. “Against North Beach we were really passive and didn't play to win. We need to get over our tentativeness and just play hard. When we learn to do this, we'll be a hard team to beat. Overall, North Beach came ready to play and we didn't.
“Against South Bend we came out a little bit more ready to play, but we need to learn to play more consistent. Hannah Dykes had a good game for us blocking and hitting. We didn't have a good night serving or attacking the ball.
“We finished sixth at our own tournament on Saturday,” Swogger said. “We lost in the consolation bracket championship game to Ocosta two sets to one. In the set we won we played with some emotion and fire. In the ones we lost we had a hard time with emotion and spark.”
Raymond hosted Naselle last night, travels to Northwest Christian Thursday and hosts Willapa Valley Oct. 8. Raymond’s junior varsity team competes at the South Bend Junior Varsity Volleyball Tournament Saturday.
Pacific League VB Standings
(As of 9-27-13)
Editor’s Note: Standings are courtesy of WVHS Athletic Director John Peterson.