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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale spikers snap skid with sweep of Cle Elum

 

October 25, 2017

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Freshman Taylor Rising bumps the ball during the team's loss to La Salle on Oct. 17 in Goldendale.

Get ready for a bumpy, exciting finish to this year's South Central Athletic Conference West volleyball season.

With two conference games remaining for the majority of the league and no team's current position in the league standings set in stone (although this was written before Tuesday's slate of games), the last week of the regular season will be crucial for district seeding.

The conference standings sit as so: Naches (9-1), La Salle (8-3), Granger (7-3), Goldendale (6-4), Zillah (3-6), Cle Elum (1-9), and Highland (1-9).

However, those standings were as of Tuesday morning, so they may have changed by the time you're reading this.

The only thing certain is that the Timberwolves were off Tuesday, so they remain at 6-4. They also have two conference games remaining against the 1-9 Scotties on Thursday in Highland and the 1-9 Warriors at home on Friday.

On Tuesday, La Salle played their last regular season game at league-leading Naches and Granger played at Zillah. Granger finishes its regular season on Thursday at home against Naches.

It is possible that there will be a three-way tie for second place after this week's games. There also are a handful of other possibilities, but in the event of a tie, the team that drew highest at the league's preseason meeting will be given the nod. Unfortunately, every team that is still in contention has a higher draw than the Timberwolves.

Goldendale can still finish third if it wins the remaining two games and Granger loses its last two games, but can finish no higher due to the tiebreaker draw.

The Timberwolves, who had dropped four straight matches from Oct. 9 to Oct. 19, bounced back with a three-set sweep on the road over the Cle Elum Warriors.

Goldendale knocked off the home team 25-13, 25-23, and 25-15 to halt its skid, which included losses to Granger, La Salle, Naches, and Zillah.

Against the Warriors, senior Abby Mains led the charge for the Wolves with a game-best 19 kills. She also contributed four service aces and had eight perfect passes.

Goldendale also had some nice serving from sophomore Alyssa Weis and senior Talia Johnson, who combined to connect on 34 of 35 attempts from the service line. Weis also added two aces and 36 assists while filling in for injured senior setter Sierra Plum. Johnson also finished with 15 perfect passes and six digs and senior Reanna Holycross made four perfect passes and had three digs.

A few days earlier, the six Goldendale seniors – Mains, Plum, Holycross, Johnson, Allison Gilliam and Kylee Beam – were honored during the team's Senior Night last Tuesday against La Salle in Goldendale.

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Goldendale senior Reanna Holycross prepares to serve during the team's loss to La Salle last Tuesday in Goldendale.

However, the Wolves couldn't come away with a win over the Lightning, falling in four sets (22-25, 25-21, 24-26, and 16-25) on Senior Night, although there is one home game left in the season, Friday's contest against Cle Elum.

Plum injured her ankle against the Lightning and missed the team's last two games, and is expected to miss the next two games, but be ready to go for the district tournament.

The Wolves were also on the road last Thursday where they fell in three sets to Granger. The Spartans knocked the Wolves off 18-25, 24-26, and 17-25, getting a little revenge after Goldendale previously beat them earlier at home in five sets.

 

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