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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale spikers fall in three to Granger, travel to Zillah Thursday for crucial match


October 10, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Sophomore Taylor Rising bumps the ball over the net during Monday's loss to Granger.

The Granger Spartans jumped out to a big lead over the Timberwolves during the first set of Monday's SCAC West matchup and rode the momentum to a three-set sweep over the home team.

The Spartans, sitting at second place in the seven-team SCAC West, never trailed as they took the opening set 25-10 and held off the Wolves over the second and third 25-18 and 25-23 respectively.

Goldendale's play picked up throughout the second and third sets, but it was hard for the Wolves to get the balls to find the floor against the quick Spartans team.

The Spartans took the first three points in the second set, but the Wolves stayed close. They took the lead at 14-13 on a Tori Tallman kill, but the Spartans scored the next four points and 13 of the final 17 points to reach 25 first.

The Timberwolves didn't waste any time jumping ahead in the third, going up 1-0 on an ace from sophomore Taylor Rising. A little bit later, a kill from junior Alyssa Weis and block from Rising forced a Granger timeout with the Wolves leading 8-4.

They again led by four at 15-11 when junior Delaney Peters slammed a kill, but Granger went on a roll led by outside hitter Lily Stewart. The tall outside hitter had a slew of kills and blocks throughout the set, and helped turn a 22-21 Goldendale lead into a 25-23 Granger win.

The loss dropped the Wolves to 4-5 in SCAC West play and into fifth place. They sit a half-game back of the Zillah Leopards (4-4) as of Tuesday morning, making Thursday's matchup in Zillah crucial game which could play a part in which team advances to districts and which team doesn't.

Thursday will be Goldendale's second contest with the Leopards this season. They fell in five close sets in Goldendale back on Sept. 18, dropping the final set 15-12.

Last Tuesday, Goldendale took the court against league leading La Salle, a team that's lost just one set in SCAC West games this season. La Salle took the three sets 25-17, 25-22, and 25-21 to sweep the Wolves. Rising had eight digs and six kills, Weis recorded 13 digs and seven kills, freshman Sara Hiebert had seven blocks, and freshman Kennedy Berry finished with 11 digs against the Lightning.

Also last week, the Wolves made quick work of the Warriors after their long trip to Cle Elum on Thursday, sweeping the home team 25-15, 25-16, and 25-21.

Goldendale received good serving contributions from Berry and junior City Mains. Berry converted 20 of 20 serves along with eight digs and three aces and Mains converted all 10 of her serves to go with two aces and two blocks.

After Goldendale plays Zillah, they are back at home for senior night on Oct. 18 against the Highland Scotties.


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