Thursday’s Prep Volleyball: Centralia Notches First Win Against Hoquiam
By The Chronicle
The Tigers suffocated the Grizzlies in Centralia on Friday, earning a 3-0 sweep in a non-league volleyball match.
Centralia won with set scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-22.
Ella Orr had 10 digs and served 13-of-15 and Evie Rooklidge served 18-of-19 with 13 digs and six aces. Kylie Sharp had 15 digs, Maddie Corwin tallied five kills and Kennedy Strophy chipped in four kills and two blocks. Hailey Brann added six kills and Madison Stoeckler served 12-of-13 with five aces and 18 assists for the Tigers.
“Girls played really well tonight. We continued our theme of playing with high energy regardless of the outcome with each point scored,” Centralia coach Marti Smith said. “We played up, played for each other. We stayed patient, stayed the course and we knew good things will eventually fall our way and it was one of those nights.”
Smith was especially excited for her three seniors — Strophy, Sharp and Lily Miller — who really wanted this one heading into league play next week.
“It was one of our best nights of serving. We always have been a really good serving team,” Smith said. “Tonight was one of those nights. The girls were finding spots on the floor and hitting those spots. Serving became a big part of our offense.”
Centralia (1-3) hosts Aberdeen on Tuesday in the first EvCo match of the season.
Tigers Escape With Five Set Win Against Cardinals
NAPAVINE — The Tigers didn’t play their best game against Winlock here on Thursday but were able to squeak out a 3-2 win in a Central 2B League volleyball match.
Napavine won the first set, 25-10, but the Cardinals answered with a 25-22 second set win to even the match. The Tigers regained the lead with a 25-19 third set win, but Winlock didn’t go away and won the fourth set, 25-11. Napavine secured the win with a 15-6 fifth set.
Skyla Ettner served 100 percent, Jordan Wilson had nine aces and Vannie Fagerness recorded seven aces. Haily Murray tallied 14 kills and Sydney Purvis added six kills for the Tigers.
Napavine coach Monica Dailey said Madilyn Harrolle played well at the net, but also wasn’t pleased with the Tigers overall performance.
“We did not play well at all. The first set we did, played really well. From there on out, we just lost steam and we lost communication,” Dailey said. “We couldn’t pass the ball, we couldn’t play defense, missed a ton of serves. It was a real struggle tonight. We’ve had a real bad bug going through our team right now, didn’t even have practice yesterday with four of eight players out sick. They were still not well today and you could tell. Hoping with the weekend, they will rest up and get over whatever they have.”
Napavine (5-0, 1-0) travels to Adna on Tuesday for a league game.
Kalama Sweeps Adna
KALAMA — The Pirates were left without any treasure here on Thursday with Kalama earning a 3-0 sweep in a Central 2B League volleyball match.
The Chinooks won with set scores of 25-10, 25-9 and 25-6.
“Our goal was to go down and make some minor goals and try to accomplish them. we knew going into it they were a really good team. The scouting report we got, we knew it was going to be a tough one,” Adna coach Wendie Dotson said. “We’re still learning, played with a good attitude. You can’t take away from the talent they have, they do some amazing things. Our girls kept their composure and didn’t let the score influence how they played. They tried to do the right things at the right time.”
Dotson applauded the play of Emma Eko at libero with a lot of digs throughout the match.
Adna (1-4, 0-1) hosts Napavine on Tuesday in a C2BL match.
Toledo Registers Clean Sweep Against Rainier
TOLEDO — The Tribe needed just three sets to put Rainier away here on Thursday in their Central 2B League volleyball opener.
Toledo was able to top the Mountaineers with scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-20. Rylie Pliler tallied four kills in the win while Emma Cline-Maier, Brynn Williams, and Sandy Spahr notched three kills each. Gracie Madill added 13 digs for the Toledo defense.
‘It was a good game. They played well,” said Toledo coach Candace Maier. “Rainier is good competition for us so all three sets were pretty close. But they played really hard and stayed positive. Mentally I thought they did a good job of overcoming a mistake and getting back to work. Sometimes that can be hard to do.”
Toledo (5-0, 1-0 league) will play at Winlock on Tuesday. Rainier (4-2, 0-1) will host Onalaska on Tuesday.
Mules Too Stubborn for Loggers
ONALASKA — Wahkiakum put it on the Loggers in straight sets here Thursday with scores of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-16 to lock down a victory in Central 2B League volleyball action.
Onalaska coach Terri Dalsted said it was the Mules’ team swagger that kept them two steps ahead of the Loggers all night.
“The energy, definitely. They had a big girl in the middle and she was just really hard to shut down and we had difficulty doing that,” said Dalsted. “We really couldn’t get any momentum going. Any time we got a little bit of momentum going, we would have our own errors.”
Carmen Cleveland-Barrera notched five kills and nine blocks in the game while turning in a perfect night at the service stripe. Eryn Duryea added five kills and 33 digs while Sophia Leal was perfect on 15 serves. Kelley Fickett and Kaitlyn Reed also had perfect serving nights in the loss.
“I felt like we really came out strong in the first two games of the season against MWP and Raymond. Each of those games we had intensity the entire night. Then we played a couple of tough teams and when we get down our intensity just drops,” noted Dalsted. “That’s something that we know we need to work on.”
Onalaska (2-3, 0-1 league) will play at Rainier on Tuesday.