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By Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram spikers hang on against Vandals


Jaryd Cline


For the third time this season, the Klickitat-Glenwood Vandals pushed the Lyle-Wishram spikers to the brink, but again it was the Cougars coming out on top in a five-set thriller on Friday in Klickitat.

The Cougs stormed out to a 2-0 set lead before the Vandals tied it up and forced a fifth and deciding set in Friday’s Eastern Washington Athletic Conference contest.

The Cougars prevailed in the fifth set (25-13, 25-16, 18-25, 22-25, 15-11) en route to their fifth win over the Vandals this season.

“The Cougs dominated the first two sets, then pumped the brakes on sets three and four,” Lyle-Wishram head coach Jane Demme said in an email.

Amber Tompkins controlled the net with 12 kills and eight blocks, and was backed up by seniors Alex Cloud, Winter Bergin and Iris Gatti.

“Dominant net play by Tompkins as well as consistent contributions from seniors Alex Cloud, Winter Bergin and steadfast setter Iris Gatti made the difference in the win,” Demme said in the email.

Cloud paced the Cougars with a team-high 21 digs, and also handed out 23 passed and two service aces while Bergin finished with eight digs, seven aces and five kills. Gatti led Lyle-Wishram with 23 assists, and also had six digs and three aces.

Raquel Montoya and Katelynn Oldfield each added five kills for the Cougars.

Kenzie Tuthill led the Vandals with 15 kills, 11 assists and four aces, while Kinley Troh had a team-best 20 assists to go along with three aces and two assists. Bailee Green and Madi Couch finished with 12 and nine kills respectively for the Vandals.

The Cougars matched up with Sunnyside Christian Tuesday evening in their last regular season game, but results were unavailable at press time. The Knights swept the Cougars (16-25, 17-25, 17-25) on Oct. 13.

This Thursday, the Cougars match up with the White Swan Cougars for a district play-in game. A win on Thursday for Lyle-Wishram places them in the district tournament, which starts Saturday.

Cougs sweep

Yakama Tribal

Led by a combined 13 aces, the Lyle-Wishram spikers cruised to a three-set sweep over Yakama Tribal on Tuesday.

After a close win in the first set, the Cougars handled (25-22, 25-13, 25-16) the Eagles with ease on the road.

“Strong serving and dynamic back row play were key in the Lady Cougs’ win over Yakama Tribal,” Demme said in an email.

Alex Cloud anchored the back row with five digs and 17 passes, while Raquel Montoya recorded a team-best six service aces. Cloud also added a pair of aces.

Iris Gatti handed out a team-leading 14 assists and added five digs and two aces and Winter Bergin chipped in three kills, two digs and two aces.


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