Lydia Hanning digs a ball in a recent JV match while Harlee Schalk and Charlotte Matulavich look on.

In what could have proved to be a tough test on the road at White Swan, the Goldendale High School Volleyball teams came home with two solid wins on Thursday. Goldendale was met by many loud and rowdy White Swan High School students amped up with an extra dose of Cougar Homecoming Spirit.

The JV team started out the battle and relied on some tough serving from Harlee Schaulk, Ada Garner, Lexi Molnar, and Lydia Hanning to bring home the 3-set victory. They prevailed under more challenges than normal, as the WS students were sitting directly in front of the Timberwolves court. Because of Covid-19 rules, the normal switching of sides does not happen. Three straight sets of loud and rowdy fans could have lessened the spirit of the JV, but they stood strong to the challenge on the road!

The Varsity match seemed to bring more fans and more noise and got the gym rocking. The Timberwolves settled in after another first-set slow start and handled the Cougars with a score of 25-13. The second set prove no challenge for the Timberwolves as they stomped the Cougars 25-10.  The third set was a bit more exciting, with the Cougars landing some tough serves and a couple of kills to tie the game in the late teens and ignite the crowd.  Goldendale went on to finish strong with kills from Taryn Rising and Rachel Gallagher to a set score of 25-19, dashing the hopes of the Cougar players and quickly quieting the White Swan crowd.

Gallagher led the T-Wolves with a match high 12 kills and 14 assists. Kennedy Berry served perfectly with 3 aces and fed Gallagher the ball with 4 assists.  Rising hammered 9 kills and is gaining confidence every match. Gwen Gilliam served up 3 aces, with 5 kills and 5 digs. Natalie Schroder was 7-8 serving and had 3 digs and 2 assists.  Audrey Hill and Caitlyn Jauken turned in solid playing time covering positions they don’t usually play.  The Timberwolves were without Sara Hiebert for the 3rd straight match and Sophomore Brook Blain who is out with an ankle sprain.  Both players hope to be back this week.

The Timberwolves remain in first place in The EWAC-WEST at 7-0. They will be at home on Tuesday with Mabton and on the road to Kittitas on Thursday.


(K) Kill when a player terminates the ball on the opponent’s side

(A) Assist the person who sets the ball to the player who kills it earns an assist

(PP) Perfect Pass When the receiving team’s 1st contact goes right to the setter so all attackers can be set

Dig The defensive team digs a hard hit or smartly placed ball to stop a kill attempt

Ace A serve that hits the floor on the receiving side and or results in the opposing team being unable to pass the ball to the setter and it results in a point.

Stuff Block The front row players jump up with raised hands and arms and stop the opposing attacker from hitting the ball over the net. The block results in a point for the defense.

—Jodi Bellamy