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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Klickwood spikers just miss out on state berth

 

November 8, 2017

Jaryd Cline

The Klickwood spikers celebrate after winning the third set against the Yakama Tribal Eagles during last Wednesday's District 5 1B tournament in Goldendale.

The Klickwood spikers bounced back from a tough first-set loss to Yakama Tribal during the team's opening match at last Wednesday's District 5 1B Volleyball Tournament to close out the Eagles in four sets.

The Klickwood Eagles topped the Tribal Eagles (23-25, 25-20, 25-16, and 25-22) in four sets to advance to the district championship match against the Sunnyside Christian Knights, but couldn't come away with a win against the top-seeded team.

Sunnyside won in three (25-19, 25-10, and 25-21) to once again claim the district title, but Klickwood advanced to Saturday's glue game with a chance to reach the state tournament.

The Eagles, as the No. 2 seed from District 5, played Firm Foundation Christian out of Battleground, the No. 2 seed from District 4 on Saturday with a berth to state on the line, but FFC came away with a three-set sweep to advance to state.

"We didn't play our best on a day that we needed to," Klickwood head coach Jaecee Hoctor said in an email. "It was a sad ending to our season, but I am proud of all their hard work this season."

Against Yakama Tribal on Wednesday, Klickwood trailed by as many as seven points midway through the opening set. They rallied to tie the set at 22, but Tribal finished the set on a 3-1 run to steal the first set.

They fell behind 3-0 in the second after a Tribal ace and trailed for the first two-thirds of the set until an ace from sophomore Brooklyn Emerson tied it at 18. Later leading 21-20, Klickwood scored the next four points to tie the match at one set each.

Trailing by as many as four points early in the third set, Klickwood tied it at 12, and blew the set wide open after sophomore Savannah Green served for seven straight points while helping her team to a 19-12 lead. They closed out Tribal 25-16, and jumped out to a 7-3 lead early in the fourth set, but Tribal battled back for an exciting end to the match.

Klickwood fell behind 8-10 and later led 20-15 before Yakama Tribal battled back to tie the set at 22 after running off three straight points. Needing three points to take the match, Green gave the Eagles No. 23 with a kill, and sophomore Brooklyn Emerson notched back-to-back blocks to close Tribal out.

It was a great combined effort from the whole team, with impressive performances from Emerson, junior Kinley Troh, senior Madi Couch, and freshman Nahaleigh Schuster.

Couch played her best game of the season with great passing and hitting throughout the four sets, finishing with a game-high 20 kills. Troh had 19 assists, one ace and one kill, Emerson finished with 12 kills, three aces and two blocks, while Schuster added 16 assists for the Eagles.

After the championship loss to Sunnyside Christian, Klickwood got glued with Firm Foundation Christian out of the Columbia Valley League. The FFC Eagles won in three sets (19-25, 9-25, and 21-25) however to knock Klickwood out of the postseason.

Despite the loss, the future of Klickwood volleyball looks bright as ever. The team loses just one senior (Couch) to graduation, and with another year of growth and a lot of talented underclassmen, the Eagles/Vandals could push Sunnyside Christian for the league's best in the coming years.

 

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