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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Lyle-Wishram spikers top Mabton for first win


September 20, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Senior Morgan Bowman prepares to serve the ball during the team's contest against Stevenson on Sept. 8.

The Lyle-Wishram volleyball team knocked off Eastern Washington Athletic Conference foe Mabton in four sets Tuesday night for its first win of the season.

Ten kills and six service aces from junior Amber Tompkins, along with seven assists and three aces from junior Tiffani Back propelled the Cougs to a 25-18, 25-16, 18-25, 25-20 win over the Vikings.

Sophomore Mariah Houston paced the team with eight assists, sophomore Lizzie Hawkins added four assists and four aces, junior Vanessa Ordaz had two kills and two aces, junior Alex Miller finished with five kills, three aces and three assists, and senior Morgan Bowman chipped in two aces and two kills.

The Cougars also had great passing all around with much of the team finishing with handfulls of perfect passes. Miller led the way with seven perfect passes, Tompkins added four, and sophomore Adrienne Spino finished with four in the winning effort.

The Cougars had a tough start to the season after losing a tough, three-set match to Stevenson on Sept. 8.

Playing in their first Eastern Washington Athletic Conference game against White Swan on Sept. 12, the Cougs fell in three sets 11-25, 8-25, and 8-25. Tompkins served two aces, made five perfect passes, and also had two kills on the evening. Senior Abby Hawkins also made three perfect passes and had three assists for Lyle-Wishram.

The Cougars also were among one of 32 teams in action last Friday in the SunDome Volleyball Festival in Yakima.

They were placed in Pool five, along with Kittitas, Coupeville, and La Salle. However, the Cougs had a hard time against some of the tougher volleyball programs in their respective classes from around the state.

They dropped two sets to La Salle (25-10 and 25-8) which is expected to compete for a district berth in the South Central Athletic Conference and fell to Kittitas (25-13 and 25-13) which won a match at last year's Class 2B state tournament. They also fell 25-7 and 25-8 to Coupeville.


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