"This was a great team win for us," WVHS head coach Lori Snodgrass told the Herald. "We played well defensively and served consistently throughout the night. Madison Huber and Karli Friese each had 10 digs on the night. Abby Hodel and Itzia Ruelas passed well off of serve receive. Karli Friese, Brooke Spoor, Madison Huber and Sidney Pollard all served 100 percent on the night."
"This was not a well played match by us," South Bend HS Head Volleyball Coach Jacki Sanchez told the Herald. "We really struggled while playing consistently. We also had so many unforced errors that it was difficult to sustain any success.
"Rielly Myers led us offensively with 16 kills and 3 blocks," Coach Sanchez noted. "Emily Sanchez had 9 kills. Alison Funkhouser and McKenzie Salas each had 4 kills. Funkhouser had a good night on serve-receive and Morgan Patterson went 12 for12 on the service line."
Willapa Valley 3, Raymond 2
Last Thursday, Valley hosted Raymond and won in five games (20-25, 24-26, 25-16, 25-21, 15-13) during a Pacific League match. With the expansion of the Pacific League this year, all teams will play only one league match against each school.
"Despite coming out and playing very flat in the first two sets, the team was able to pull together and rally back to win the next three," Coach Snodgrass said. "Madison Huber's strong serving (21 for 21) and the blocking of Brooke Spoor, Kate Rockett, and Baylee Layman started to impact the momentum of the game in the third set. The setting of Sidney Pollard and all-around hustle and play of Karli Friese helped us come out with the win. I was very proud of the entire team for fighting throughout this match that was filled with numerous long rallies."
South Bend 3, Warrenton, Ore. 2
The Lady Indians won in five games over Warrenton, Ore. Last Thursday night on the road, 25-23, 22-25, 26-28, 25-20, 17-15.
"Most years we go five games with Warrenton, and this year did not disappoint," Coach Sanchez said. "Our play in this match was much better played than the match before. Our focus for this evening was to play with discipline to do the small things correctly, and to play with a sense of intensity or fire to win. The girls really did a good job on keeping their intensity and discipline to a winning level.
"Offensively, we were led by Emily Sanchez (10 kills, 19 digs), Rielly Myers (8 kills, 9 blocks), McKenzie Salas (8 kills), Paola Razo (4 kills, 9 blocks), and Alison Funkhouser (4 kills, 19 digs). Morgan Patterson did a good job with 17 digs," Coach Sanchez said.
"I'm proud of each and every girl for playing like a team, and it felt like we took a good step in the right direction tonight," Coach Sanchez added.
Willapa Valley took second place at the eight-team Raymond Volleyball Tournament Saturday.
"It was a day to continue learning and trying out different rotations that we may use throughout the year," Coach Snodgrass said. "I was very pleased with how the girls played throughout the day considering we were trying something new nearly every game. We finished second after losing to Life Chrisitian Academy (Tacoma) in the championship game."
The Vikings visited Chief Leschi last night, host Tacoma Baptist tomorrow, and visit Ilwaco Tuesday (Oct. 7).
The Lady Indians (1-3) hosted North Beach last night, travel to Life Christian Academy Thursday and entertains Northwest Christian Tuesday. South Bend hosts its annual junior varsity tournament Saturday.
Raymond played at North Beach Tuesday night, and hosts Life Christian Academy Thursday.