Klickwood spikers advance to state after sweeping Quinault in glue game
November 7, 2018
After last week's second place finish at the Greater Columbia Gorge League Tournament in Goldendale, the Klickwood spikers had one game left to decide if they advanced to the state tournament, or if their season as over.
Klickwood though, during last Saturday's glue game with the No. 3 finishing team (Lake Quinault) from District No. 4, left no doubt as to which team would advance to the dance, sweeping the Elks while winning each set my a minimum of seven points.
The Eagles (or Vandals depending on which jersey they're wearing on a particular game) cruised to the three-set win (25-18, 25-14, and 25-17) and have their sights set on Yakima's SunDome, where they will match up with Providence Classical Christian at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the tournament. The entire Class 1B state bracket can be viewed online at http://www.wiaa.com/ardisplay.aspx?ID=1797.
It will be Klickwood's first state appearance since 2014 and the third total time the team advanced as a Klickitat-Glenwood combine. It also will be Klickwood head coach Jaecee Hoctor's eighth trip to state in the last 12 years as coach of the Vandals/Eagles.
During the district tournament last week, Klickwood got past Trout Lake in four sets but fell to Sunnyside Christian in three sets. Facing Trout Lake again in the double-elimination tournament, they knocked off the Mustangs in four sets and faced the Knights again, needing to win two straight against them to capture the district title. But the Knights were too tough, winning in three sets and setting Klickwood up as the No. 2 seed from District No. 5. They cruised in the glue game and now have a minimum of two more games this season.
First up is the Highlanders, who finished 8-1 and second place in the 1B Northwest League. They reached state last season but dropped two straight games and were eliminated.
The last time Klickwood was at state, it finished with a loss to Pomeroy, a win against Rainier Christian, and a loss to Quilcene back in 2014. They went two and out at state in 2013 but a few years earlier in 2011 finished eighth overall with wins over Neah Bay and Northport and losses to Moses Lake Christian and Colton.
Klickwood's second game will be played at 8:15 p.m. regardless of the outcome of the opening contest. If they win at least one game Thursday they will continue playing Friday, with the first game set for 9:45 or 11:45 a.m.