Klickwood spikers fall in two games in first state appearance since 2014
November 14, 2018
Klickwood, after advancing to the Class 1B WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/ Les Schwab Tires State Volleyball Championships for the first time since the 2014 season, dropped its first two games last Thursday at the SunDome in Yakima and was eliminated from the tournament.
Even though they didn’t make it out of the opening day of the tournament, it was no small feat to make it to the biggest stage in the state. It gave the three seniors – Becky Fink, Emma Atchley, and captain Kinley Troh – a chance to close out their high school careers competing with the top 16 teams in the state as well as give the younger girls their first taste of state and potentially motivate them to make a return not too far down the line.
With a tough matchup in its first game against Providence Classical Christian from Kirkland which finished second place in the 1B Northwest league, Klickwood fell in three sets in its opening round match to the Highlanders.
Against PCC, Klickwood remained close with the Highlanders in the first and third sets but couldn’t come away with one in the 25-19, 25-15, and 25-22 opening-round loss.
In that first game, junior Brooklyn Emerson led the team with 10 kills and also had two blocks at the net while both Troh and sophomore Nahaleigh Schuster finished with seven assists and two blocks each. Schuster also converted all 20 of her serves throughout the three sets.
The loss dropped Klickwood to the left-hand side of the bracket as they faced elimination. The complete Class 1B bracket can be viewed at http://www.wiaa.com/ardisplay.aspx?ID=1797.
They took the court later Thursday night against Tacoma Baptist, who dropped its first round game in three sets to Almira-Coulee-Hartline, which finished as the tournament runner-up.
Klickwood started strong in that game, jumping out to an early lead after winning the first set 25-20, but couldn’t keep up the strong play against the Crusaders.
After Klickwood’s first-set win, Tacoma Baptist rallied to take the next three sets to close out the Vandals. The Crusaders took the second 25-8 to even the match back at one set apiece, and finished the match with a 25-20 and 25-10 in the third and fourth sets respectively.
In the second game against the Crusaders, Emerson again tallied 10 kills for Klickwood while also adding two service aces. Schuster also contributed two aces to go with seven assists and two kills, and Troh handed out six assists in her last high school volleyball contest.
Tacoma Baptist went on to finish eighth at the tournament, winning another game during Friday’s session. Teams that won at least one game on Thursday advanced to the second of two-day tourney, while each team that won at least two games placed in the top eight.
Klickwood returned this year after a short absence from the big dance. Its last trip was back in 2014 where they won one game and dropped two.
The Vandals/Eagles had a five year run where they made the tournament every year from the 2006-07 season up to the 2010-11 year. Those teams were highlighted by a fourth place overall finish back in 2009 when the team went 3-1 with wins over Three Rivers Christian, Thorp, and Wilson Creek.
Although Klickwood is graduating three seniors from this year’s team, the team will return a lot of its talent nucleus and again should challenge for a GCGL district title as well as state appearances next year and down the road.