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By Andrew Christiansen

Lady Timberwolves breeze through east side teams in opening volleyball matches


Andrew Christiansen

HARD TO HIT AROUND: Kirstin Twohy presents a formidible defense at the net for Goldendale. The senior middle hitter had 11 kills and three blocks against Ki-Be.

Goldendale opened their volleyball home season in a high energy, coordinated fashion as they rolled over Kiona-Benton in straight sets 25-22, 25-20, 25-15. It wasn't a night of big hits as much as it was a night of good defense and well-placed balls. In fact there were probably more big shots in the junior varsity match where the young Timberwolves had it going off great sets that allowed Abby Mains to fire away.

Goldendale's tandem setters of Sierra Lamping and Sierra Plum worked well putting up 14 and 15 assists, respectively. The duo were smart in scattering hitting opportunities leading to 11 kills for Kirstin Twohy, eight for Ocean Bryan, four for Leah Lewis and a pair each for Kathryn Hiebert, Hanna Hoffman and Plum. Zara Kartes had 17 digs in the match and Twohy blocked three hits for points.

It was a different style match on Thursday at River View, but Goldendale still came out on top 25-16, 27-25, 20-25, 25-23. Kartes came up big on defense with 23 digs. She was also a perfect 13 for 13 on serves. Twohy served up seven aces and led the team with eight kills and a pair of blocks. Lamping had seven assists and was good on 11 of 12 serve receives.

Andrew Christiansen

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Zara Kartes, left and Hanna Hoffman, right watch as freshman Sierra Plum gets ready to set the ball against Ki-Be. Plum showed a great deal of savvy at the key position in her opening high school volleyball match.

Goldendale's day at the SunDome Volleyball Festival on Friday did not go as well as hoped by Coach Jodi Bellamy. It got off to a rough start with a loss to Bickleton. They cruised to a win in game two against the Pirates, but lost a pair of games to Christian Faith before sweeping Elma in pool play.

That put the Lady Wolves in the second seed bracket where they lost to the West Valley JV before defeating Mabton 28-26, 25-10. Twohy and Bryan each finished the tournament with 21 kills. Twohy also had six blocked shots. Overall serving was good with Plum perfect on 29 attempts and Lamping going 31 for 32, Kartes 26 for 27 and Kailee Garrigus 20 for 21. Plum and Maddie Cameron each had six aces.

Goldendale opened league play at La Salle on Tuesday and play at Highland on Thursday. Next Tuesday is the league home opener against Granger.


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