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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale volleyball falls to Naches to finish fifth in SCAC West


October 24, 2018

John Longfellow

Senior Tori Tallman, shown bumping the ball during the Oct. 8 game against Granger, finished with seven kills and two blocks in her last game in front of the home fans.

With last Thursday's three set sweep of Highland, the Timberwolves jumped into a tie for fourth place in the South Central Athletic Conference volleyball standings with one league game left in the season.

On Tuesday, Goldendale traveled to Naches for a winner-take-all match to see what team filled the last SCAC West slot for next week's district tournament, although it was the Rangers who came out on top with a sweep of the Timberwolves.

With both teams even at 5-6 in league play entering Tuesday's game, the Rangers joined Granger, La Salle, and Zillah as the four teams representing the west side of the league at districts after Tuesday's win.

After an extended first set which went to the Rangers, 30-28, the home team was able to take the next two sets by bigger margins, winning 25-18 in the second and closing the Woves out 25-16 in the third for the sweep.

The loss dropped the Timberwolves to fifth in the league and one spot out of advancing to the district tournament.

Against Naches, junior Alyssa Weis had a team-best 12 digs to go with five kills while sophomore Taylor Rising finished with the team lead in kills with nine to go with nine digs.

Freshman Rachel Gallagher converted all 18 of her serves and added 11 digs and seven kills and freshman Sara Hiebert had seven blocks at the net.

Less than a week earlier, the Wolves made quick work of Highland during last Thursday's senior night contest, winning in three at 25-12, 25-11, and 25-12 and sweeping the season series with the Scotties. Playing against Highland was the only game for the Wolves last week.

Against the Scotties, senior Tori Tallman recorded seven kills and two blocks in her last home game while Weis had nine kills and five digs and junior Delaney Peters finished with seven digs, five kills, and three aces. Sophomore Olivia Erland converted 14 of 15 serves, six of which went for aces, and Hiebert converted all 11 of her serves and had five kills and three blocks.


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