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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Wolves fall in five sets to Zillah after strong showing at SunDome Shootout


September 19, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Freshman Sara Hiebert goes up for a kill during he team's three set sweep over the Cle Elum Warriors on Sept. 11 in Goldendale.

The Goldendale spikers returned to the court on Tuesday to square off with league rival Zillah after a busy finish to last week's slate of games.

However, the Leopards came away with the South Central Athletic Conference West win after outlasting the Wolves (27-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-25, 15-12) in five sets.

In both of last year's games against Zillah, the visiting team came away with a four-set win.

SunDome Shootout

The Wolves were back at the annual SunDome Shootout in Yakima, their first visit to the Dome since last year's appearance in the state tournament.

Goldendale was one of 32 teams competing on Friday and was matched up in pool play with West Valley's JV, Darrington, and Morton White-Pass.

Goldendale split with West Valley 25-10 and 23-25 before sweeping Darrington and Morton in the best two-out-of-three set games. They got by Morton 25-21 and 26-24 before winning handily (25-11 and 25-16) over Darrington.

After all 32 teams wrapped up pool play, they were split into groups again for bracket play based on their pool-play records.

Goldendale met a familiar foe in its first bracket game, matching up with SCAC West rival La Salle just six days after falling in three sets to the Lightning on Sept. 8 in Union Gap. La Salle came out on top again, taking both sets 25-20 and 25-23.

Goldendale matched up with Kiona-Benton in their last bracket game after the Bears had fallen to Overlake and again the teams needed to use all the sets to determine the winner. Each of the last two seasons at the District Tournament, the Timberwolves and Bears have played two five-set games, with Ki-Be winning in 2016 and Goldendale prevailing in 2017. On Friday in the SunDome, the Wolves took the first 25-14 but the Bears evened it after winning the second 25-16, setting up a third and decisive set. Goldendale hung on for the win while dominating the set 15-8, and finishing the Shootout winning seven sets and dropping four.

Throughout the 11 total sets on Friday, Rachel Gallagher recorded 197 assists, Alyssa Weis finished with 12 kills and 16 digs, Tori Tallman had 16 kills, and Taylor Rising

Cle Elum/ Granger

Goldendale had little trouble knocking off the Cle Elum Warriors in three sets on Sept. 11 in their second SCAC West matchup.

Led by a strong serving performance, the Wolves cruised to a 25-11, 25-12, 27-25 sweep of the Warriors.

Throughout the three sets, freshman Kennedy Berry was perfect from the serving line in 13 attempts, junior City Mains went 13 of 15 serving with nine aces, and Gallagher finished 8 for 10 with four aces and 59 assists. Mains also added seven kills and Rising had eight kills.

Goldendale was in Granger last Thursday for another league matchup, but the Spartans came away with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-20 sweep.

After Tuesday's home contest against Zillah, Goldendale is on the road in Kittitas on Thursday for a nonleague matchup with the Coyotes. They play another nonleague opponent, Stevenson, at home on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.


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