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Timberwolves eliminated by Ki-Be in five-set district thriller

 

November 9, 2016

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale's Maddie Cameron prepares to bump the ball while Talia Johnson, center, and Abby Mains look on during Saturday's loss to Kiona-Benton.

Leading two sets to none against Kiona Benton on Saturday during the South Central Athletic Conference District Tournament at Ki-Be High School, the Wolves needed to win just one more set to earn a bid to the state tournament this weekend at the SunDome in Yakima.

However, it was all downhill from there. The Bears stole the momentum and rallied behind their thunderous home crowd en route to a five-set win (25-18, 25-11, 16-25, 18-25, 10-15) over the Timberwolves, knocking them out of the tournament and snatching their bid to state.

The top four teams from each the SCAC East and West divisions reached the district tournament, while the top four finishers from the district tourney earned a spot in the state tournament.

The Timberwolves cruised into the winner's bracket after a 3-1 win (25-23, 20-25, 25-13, 25-15) on the road against the Connell Eagles on Nov. 1 led by 26 kills from senior outside hitter Ocean Bryan and 43 assists from junior setter Sierra Plum.

They faced a roadblock in the form of the Naches Valley Rangers in their first game of the winner's bracket. The Rangers didn't lose an SCAC contest in the regular season and continued that streak by sweeping the Timberwolves (25-19, 25-15, 25-21) before knocking off Granger in the league championship match.

Falling to the Rangers pushed the Wolves into a loser's bracket matchup with Ki-Be with the winner advancing to the third/fourth place game against Zillah.

The Wolves cruised through the first two sets before the Bears struck back to win the final three sets, ending Goldendale's season.

The Wolves combined to serve 90 percent against the Rangers and Bears on Saturday, but struggled .138 hitting percentage, about half of their season average.

The Class 2B, 1B and 1A State Championships starts Friday morning and runs through Saturday night.

Vandals fall to Sunnyside

The Klickitat-Glenwood Vandals bounced back from a first round loss to Yakama Tribal School at the District 5 1B Tournament last Wednesday at Goldendale High School only to knock off the Eagles on Saturday at Zillah Middle School, setting up a matchup with Sunnyside Christian with a chance to advance to the state tournament.

However, the Vandals fell to the Knights in three sets and were knocked out of playoff contention.

Against Yakama Tribal School last Wednesday, Kenzie Tuthill had a team-best 14 kills and added nine assists and two aces as the Vandals fell in four (20-25, 26-24, 14-25, 20-25) sets in the first match of the double elimination tournament.

The Vandals again faced the Eagles on Saturday in Zillah, where Kinley Troh recorded 12 assists, three aces and served 20/22 to knock off the Eagles in four (14-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-19) sets.

"The girls played their hearts out this game. I'm so proud of them," Klickitat-Glenwood head coach Jaecee Hoctor said in an email.

Tuthill added seven kills, four aces, and nine assists while Brooklyn Emerson chipped in six kills and five blocks.

The Vandals fell to Sunnyside Christian shortly after in three sets (13-25, 16-25, 21-25) to end the season.

 

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