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By Jaryd Cline

Timberwolves win six straight sets to capture 10 team Burbank Tourney



CHAMPS: Goldendale players pose with their first place plaque and bracket after winning the Columbia Burbank Tournament on Saturday.

Jodi Bellamy knew how big of an impact just the slightest improvement in her team's serving could make, and on Saturday at the Columbia Burbank Tournament, the Timberwolves reaped in the benefits.

The Wolves, led by a three match serving percentage of 92 percent, went undefeated through the tourney, knocking off Riverview (25-9, 25-15), Kiona Benton (25-17, 25-23) and Connell (25-15, 27-25) to capture the crown.

"I'm very proud of them," Bellamy said. "You're playing the whole day and it was great for them to keep their focus like that."

Goldendale combined for 15 service aces and just 12 errors throughout the 10 team, one-day tournament, while the 92-percent serving percentage was its top mark this season.

"I think (the players) realized how important (serving) was," Bellamy said. "It made a huge difference."

Five players recorded aces Saturday, led by six from Alyssa Weis and five from Allison Gilliam throughout the three matches as the Wolves improved to 7-4 overall and remained at 1-2 in South Central Athletic Conference West matches.

Goldendale breezed past Riverview in the opener and took the first set handily against Ki-Be in its second match Saturday. However, they ran into a roadblock in the second set against the Bears. Trailing 21-15, the Timberwolves scored 10 of the next 12 points in what Bellamy described as an epic comeback to finish of Ki-Be in two sets.

From the three matches combined, Ocean Bryan totaled 37 kills and 22 digs, Sierra Plum had 56 assists, 11 digs, four kills and an ace and Abigail Mains added 16 kills, 23 assists and six digs.

Madison Cameron and Talia Johnson combined for three aces and 39 digs and Kristin Bighorn had seven kills for the Wolves.


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