Timberwolves stay tied for first place in league

THRILLS APLENTY: Goldendale's Timberwolf Volleyball had some wildly exciting games last week as it remains tied for the top in the league.

GHS Timberwolf Volleyball finished the week 2-1, playing 3 tough matches in a five-day run. The team remains tied for first in the league, only dropping a match to Lasalle.

Tuesday brought the girls to Granger to face a scrappy defensive-minded Spartan team. Goldendale finished the Spartans in three sets with some aggressive hitting (.242) and tough serving (97 percent). The balanced attack of Alyssa Weis, Sara Hiebert, and Taylor Rising combined for 33 kills. Weis had her best all-around match of the season with 12 kills, 17 digs and 2 aces with 18-18 serving. Rising added 10 kills, 12 perfect passes and 10 digs. SET SCORES:25-11, 25-18, 25-13.

Thursday was "Dig Pink" night at GHS to bring awareness about breast cancer. After honoring the many breast cancer survivors in attendance and collecting donations for a local family facing the disease, a very intense match ensued with the visiting Zillah Leopards.

Dropping the first set, the Timberwolves took the next two and then dropped the fourth to set up a fifth set war. Just like the first meeting of the season, the match went back and forth until the Timberwolves called time out at 10-9. Back on the floor, Weis dropped in a nice off-speed tip to the middle of the floor to go up by two and stop the Leopards run. Hiebert helped the Timberwolves finish the match with a stuff block and two big kills, much to the delight of the many fans in attendance.

Kennedy Berry was a force in the back row, contributing 29 perfect passes and 32 digs. Rachel Gallagher dished out 46 assists and had a solid defensive performance with 28 digs. The grit and resilience the Timberwolves showed was key in the big victory! SET SCORES: 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11

Lasalle came to town on Saturday with revenge on their minds and withstood a first set drubbing (14-25) by coming at the Timberwolves with both barrels in the final 3 sets (25-9, 25-20, 25-20). Their aggressive hitting and solid defense brought the Lightning a win and joint possession of first place atop of the SCAC West alongside the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves played well in spurts but just couldn't take the lead away from the Lightning and get any real momentum. Weis again was a standout for the Timberwolves with 13 kills, 27 digs and 13-13 serving. Hitting errors plagued the Timberwolves all day. As Coach Bellamy said, "Hitting .016 against a top 10-ranked team is not going to get you a win. I am very proud of the toughness and class they showed in victory and defeat. These experiences will be very valuable in post season play!" SET SCORES: 25-14, 9-25, 20-25, 20-25

The Timberwolves will travel to Highland Thursday and return to the GHS Gym on Tuesday for Senior Night against the Naches Rangers. With wins in both matches, the Timberwolves would guarantee themselves a share of the league title, the first one since the fall of 2008.

The Timberwolf JV team won all 3 matches during the challenging week, avenging an earlier loss to Zillah. Natalie Schroder is "quarterbacking" the team from the setter position, as regular setter Audrey Hill went down with an ankle injury. The JV girls, with wins in the remaining matches will be tied for first in league as well.

-Jodi Bellamy