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By Andrew Christiansen
Reporter 

Lady Wolves make a surprising exit from District playoffs

 

Andrew Christiansen

STUNNING: The crowd and referee react to an acrobatic shot by Goldendale’s Lexi Cameron against LaSalle.

The Lady Timberwolves looked to be on the fast track to the State playoffs last week after winning the opening match against Columbia-Burbank in straight sets 25-15, 25-12, 25-15. That win coupled with LaSalle’s upset victory over Connell pitted the Wolves against the Lightning, a team they had swept just a week earlier, with the winner guaranteed a trip to State.

It became apparent in the early going that a different LaSalle team came to play this time around. Whereas the Lightning’s big guns, Regine Standley and Dani Kaschmitter were firing a lot of blanks in Goldendale, they were on target on Saturday at Zillah. Kaschmitter who did a lot of tipping in the first two meetings of the teams, was hitting hard this time. Perhaps more damaging was the blocking game from LaSalle that disrupted Goldendale’s attack. The attack by the bigger LaSalle front forced Goldendale into several passing errors in game two and Kaschmitter logged three blocks, including a final one for the 25-11 win.

The third game belonged to Standley who logged seven kills and an ace. But, Goldendale was in the game behind big kills by Lexi Cameron. With the score 18-16 in favor of LaSalle, the Lightning went on a five point tear. At 24-17, the teams played a long point, highlighted by a great dig by Crysta Counts on a Standley kill shot and ending with Standley hitting the ball out. The Lightning senior quickly made up for the mistake with the final kill of the match for a 25-18 win.

Goldenadale got by River View 25-18, 25-15, 25-10 in the first loser bracket match, but it was a tough road ahead with Naches Valley in a second loser-out match. The Rangers, the only other team to beat Goldendale in league play besides Zillah, presented another height mismatch. The match went five games with Naches Valley getting the win and advancing to State while Goldendale was sent home for the third straight year.

Cameron led the Wolves with 51 kills and 43 digs in the tournament. Counts topped the team in digs with 55 and Haley Hoffman had 125 assists. Timberwolf serving was a sharp 94 percent for the match with Allison Hutchins scoring eight aces.

 

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