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By Jaryd Cline
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Vandals top Cougars in first of three meetings this season


October 4, 2017

Jaryd Cline

The Vandals celebrate after winning the third set over Lyle-Wishram during the team's meeting on Tuesday in Klickitat.

The Klickwood (Klickitat and Glenwood) spikers were able to knock off Lyle-Wishram on Tuesday in Klickitat in the first of three matchups between the teams.

The Vandals took the first three sets for the sweep (25-11, 25-19, and 25-25-19) and won both remaining junior varsity sets 25-20 and 25-18.

Klickwood took advantage of a slow start from the Cougars, scoring the first seven points in the opening set, and cruised to take a 1-0 set lead.

Trailing by 12 at 21-9 in the second set, Lyle-Wishram put together a strong run, scoring 10 of the next 15 points but coming up just short as the Vandals halted the rally.

The Cougars started hot in early in the third, jumping out to a 9-3 lead, but Klickwood gained momentum after a kill from sophomore Brooklyn Emerson tied the set at 13. They scored three straight points after Emerson's kill, and led the rest of the way.

The county rivals play two more times, with one game Glenwood (Oct. 10) and Lyle (Oct. 26).


The Vandals or Eagles, depending on what jersey they are wearing on a specific night, followed up their second place finish at last week's White Swan Tournament with a four-set win in Toppenish against Yakama Tribal.

Klickwood took an early lead with 25-19 and 25-9 wins in the first and second sets respectively before Yakama Tribal won its only set, 25-21, in the third. Klickwood finished them off with a 25-17 win in the fourth and their junior varsity team beat the Eagles in the fifth 25-14.

There was great serving from the Vandals/Eagles against the Greater Columbia Gorge League opponents.

Senior Madi Couch connected on 13 of 14 attempts from the serving line and also served up three aces, while freshman Nahaleigh Schuster had seven and Emerson added five service aces.

Junior Kinley Troh had a game-best 12 assists for the Vandals/Eagles to go along with seven kills with Emerson leading the way with 12 kills. Couch also chipped in five kills and Schuster nine assists.

Klickwood faced another GCGL team last Thursday, falling in three sets in Klickitat to Sunnyside Christian.

It was a tough match against a team that is always among the best in the league. The home team dropped the first three sets 13-25, 11-25, and 18-25, and the final two junior varsity sets went to the Knights 24-26 and 20-25.

Couch and Troh were good serving again, combining to hit on 17 of 17 serves while Couch added two aces and three kills. Schuster had five assists and Emerson finished with three kills against the Knights.


The Cougars also had a pair of games last week, but fell in three sets to Dufur last Tuesday, and fell to Yakama Tribal in four sets.

The Cougs started slow against Dufur but picked it up in the second and third sets, but couldn't take a set at home. They fell 8-25, 18-25, and 20-25 to the Rangers.

Morgan Bowman: 2 aces, 3 service points, 2 perfect passes; Alex Miller: 1 ace, 2 service points, 4 perfect passes, 3 kills, 4 assists; Tiffani Back: 4 assists; Lizzie Hawkins: 3 service points, 4 digs, 2 perfect passes; Amber Tompkins: 1 ace, 2 service points, 3 digs, 11 perfect passes, 2 blocks; Vanessa Ordaz: 3 digs.

Jaryd Cline

Sophomore Kaitlynn Spino, left, and Mariah Houston battle for a ball at the net during Tuesday's match in Klickitat.

Last Thursday the Cougs were again at home against Yakama Tribal and got off to a quick start with the first-set win, but couldn't keep momentum rolling and fell to the Eagles in four, 25-17, 22-25, 15-25, and 18-25. The teams then played a fifth set after the match had been decided, and the Cougs took the extra set 15-8.

Morgan Bowman: 4 kills; Alex Miller: 9 aces, 12 service points, 2 perfect passes; Tiffani Back: 8 assists; Lizzie Hawkins: 5 service points; Mariah Houston: 7 assists; Amber Tompkins: 5 aces, 7 service points, 5 digs, 12 perfect passes, 7 kills, 9 blocks; Vanessa Ordaz: 3 aces, 6 service points, 3 perfect passes; Abby Hawkins: 4 service points, 2 perfect passes; Adrienne Spino: 2 service points, 3 digs, 2 perfect passes.


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