|9/26/2012 2:25:00 PM|
Cascade volleyball team stays unbeaten with wins over Cashmere, Tonasket
The Cascade Kodiak Volleyball Team, the only Cascade team not impacted by the smoke thus far, ran their record 5-0 with straight set wins over Cashmere and Tonasket last week.
Cascade was to play at Cashmere on Sept. 18, but the game was switched to Leavenworth due to smoke in the gym at Cashmere. The Kodiaks had little trouble dispatching the Bulldogs 25-7, 25-13 and 25-14.
"We just wanted to play our game tonight. We knew we just had to play our game and not play their game. We did a good job," said Marni McMahon, Cascade head coach. "We still had too many errors in set three. Did not hit high on the ball and made some serving errors. We are usually better than that. Lost a little focus. Got wrapped up in the ease of the game."
Sophomore Eliana Ala'ilima-Daley barely gave the Bulldogs a chance they way she served, breaking a school record with 13 aces in the match. She broke the 2010 record of Tori Smith, now an assistant coach for the Kodiaks.
"That is why we start her serving, to get us a good lead. When you get four aces in a set, you can afford to miss because we are serving really aggressively," she said. "Ana did really good on the serving line. Hopefully she can do that against bigger teams in bigger matches."
Senior Arielle Turner added 10 kills and was 100 percent on serve-receive, going 8-for-8. Senior Kaelyn O'Brien had seven digs and was 7-for-9 on serve-receive. Sierra Guthrie and Johnna Rieke added 39 assists. The two Rachel's, Caudle and Munoz, combined for 10 digs. Gabby Brulotte had four kills and two blocks.
"Everyone contributed to the win. I have a great group of 12 girls who all make each other better," she said. "Syd Coffin was strong on the right side with four kills and keeps improving her serve by chipping three aces."
Last Saturday, Cascade hosted Tonasket, beating the Tigers 25-12, 25-11 and 25-6. Sophomore Libero Kaycee O'Brien is doing a wonderful job getting the offense in system, she said.
"She leads in digs and serve-receive and also added five aces," she said. "Kaycee is definitely showing her ability in the back row. She is competitive and reads the court well. I am excited to see her development this year and the years to come."
Senior Hannah Cowan was 6-for-7 hitting with five kills. McMahon said Cowan and Guthrie connected well on combination plays.
"Hannah keeps improving and will be a big factor in the post season," she said.
Taylor McDevitt was 7-for-7 serving with two aces. Guthrie and Rieke combined for 38 assists. Coffin added six kills.
"I am very proud of Taylor's development as a server. Both setters are working hard running our offense at a high level," she said. "Syd has become a steady, confident player, able to contribute in big matches."
Cascade played at Quincy (1-4) on Sept. 25. Results were not available before press time. The Kodiaks play at Omak (1-2) on Saturday.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.
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