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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Wolves at Granger on Thursday, compete in SunDome Volleyball Shootout on Friday

 

September 12, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Freshman Rachel Gallagher serves in front of the rowdy student section during last Tuesday's season-opening win against White Salmon.

The Goldendale spikers started off the season in the right direction with a nonleague win over the Columbia Bruins, but fell on the road in their first South Central Athletic Conference West match to the La Salle Lightning.

The Timberwolves, on Tuesday night, were in action for their second home game and second SCAC West contest, matching up with the Cle Elum Warriors, and came away with a three-set sweep (25-11, 25-12, and 27-27) to even their league record to 1-1.

This week though, the Timberwolves have a full slate of games, including two SCAC league games and Saturday's SunDome Shootout Tournament in Yakima.

The Warriors, who finished last season 1-11 in league play, were looking for their first win when they took the court against the Timberwolves. As of Monday, Cle Elum is 0-1 after falling in five sets to nonleague opponent Cashmere last Saturday.

Goldendale will be back on the court Thursday for their second road SCAC West contest, a 6:30 p.m. meeting with the Granger Spartans in their new facility, also the host of last season's SCAC District Tournament.

After playing the Spartans, who opened SCAC West play on Tuesday against Zillah, Goldendale will head to Yakima for the SunDome Shootout, a 64-team Tournament spanning both Friday and Saturday. There will be games going on eight different courts in the SunDome, and games will be best two-out-of-three sets.

Goldendale will play three pool-play matches on Friday and then will be seeded based on its record from the games.

They take on West Valley's junior varsity squad at 9 a.m. before playing Morton-White Pass shortly after at 11. The Wolves close out pool play against Darrington at 1 p.m.

After pool play and the teams are seeded, bracket play will start at 2:45 p.m. with the finals being played at 7:25 p.m.

The Wolves will return home next Tuesday for another SCAC West contest, this time against the Zillah Leopards which starts at 6:30 p.m.

White Salmon

Lantau made her debut last Tuesday against county rival Columbia (White Salmon) in a game which saw the Timberwolves jump out to a quick 2-0 set lead before the Bruins made it interesting.

The Wolves never trailed and took the first set 25-22 and rolled through the second 25-17 after dropping the first two points of the set.

The third went back and forth until the Bruins took their biggest lead of the game at 14-10, but Goldendale battled back, traded the lead a few more times, and had game point at 24-23. White Salmon, however, came away with the 27-25 win to force a fourth set.

The Bruins came out hot again and led early by as many as seven points at 16-9, but the Wolves continued competing, tying the game at 17 after senior Tori Tallman's kill, and finishing off White Salmon 25-23.

Cle Elum

Looking for their first SCAC win, the Timberwolves made quick work of the Cle Elum Warriors on Tuesday night here in town.

They put away the Warriors quickly in the first two sets, winning 25-11 and 25-12 behind a strong effort team-wide serving the ball.

Goldendale never trailed in the first set, while freshman Kennedy Berry, sophomore Taylor Rising, junior City Mains, and Tallman all recorded serving aces.

The second set was much of the same, with the Wolves scoring nine of the last 11 points while ending the set on an ace from Rising.

The Warriors put up more of a fight facing the 2-0 deficit, and led by as many as three points at 18-15 and served for set point when they went up 25-24. But Goldendale remained composed and scored the next three points, ending the game on an ace from Mains followed by a kill from junior Alyssa Weis to take the set 27-25.

 

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