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By Andrew Christiansen

Rally falls short as Panthers edge Timberwolves in final two games for 3-2 win


Andrew Christiansen

ATTACK: Goldendale's Allison Gilliam, at right, fires a shot at River View during last week's match in Goldendale. The match went down to the wire with a fifth set 16-14 win for River View.

A furious comeback after falling behind 7-0 in the final set, fell short as Goldendale lost their home opener to River View 3-2 in volleyball.

Goldendale was strong at the net in the opening game, but came up on the short end of a 25-19 score. The Lady Timberwolves took advantage of River View errors to win game two, in spite of just three hard kills that scored. Game three matched the game two score at 25-14 to give Goldendale a 2-1 edge. Seven different Wolves scored on kill shots while the Panthers had a dozen unforced errors.

Game four was all Goldendale through the first half of the game. Neither team could get a run going, but the Wolves had a dozen leads of three or four points up to 15-12. Things slowly slipped away from there and Coach Jodi Bellamy says one got away from them. The Panthers took their first lead at 17-16. Bellamy called time out at 20-18 and the girls responded by winning the next two points, the tying point a block by Ocean Bryan.

Goldendale couldn't take back the lead following a serve out and a kill shot by the Panther's Hannah Weatherby. Down the stretch it was alternating points to the final of 25-23 to tie the match at two games each. There were 15 unforced errors in the game for Goldendale and 11 for River View.

River View scored their 7-0 run in the final game after Goldendale put the opening serve into the net followed by three straight kill shots that were long or wide. Calley Hagen served up a pair of aces and Goldendale hit another shot into the net.

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Outside Blast: Abby Mains smashes a shot from her left front position against River View. Mains scored on 11 kills in the match.

The comeback began off two Ocean Bryan kills and a Panther shot into the net. Weatherby scored on a seeing-eye shot and two Wolf mistakes made it 10-3. Two Panther shots into the net and a Bryan block closed the gap to 10-6. Goldendale was on the verge of losing the match with the score 14-8. But, the Wolves weren't done. A kill by Talia Johnson put the ball in Kailey Garrigus' hands and she served up the next five points for Goldendale thanks to an ace, three Panther errors and a block by Abby Mains. River View broke the serve on the next point when a Goldendale shot missed to make it 15-14. A sharp-eyed defender let a shot drop just wide for the 16-14 win.

Bryan finished with 14 kills and Mains had 11. Johnson had 18 digs and five aces in the match. Sierra Plum had 37 assists.

The Lady Timberwolves hosted La Salle to open league play on Tuesday and travel to Highland on Thursday. They play in a tournament at the Sundome on Friday morning before resuming league play at Granger on Sept. 22.


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