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10/17/2012 2:16:00 PM
Kodiaks rebound from tough defeat against Chelan to beat Brewster
Photo by Vince Lovato
Cascade senior outside hitter Arielle Turner dives for the loose ball in action last week in Chelan. The Kodiaks lost a hard fought four set match to the Goats.
Photo by Vince Lovato
Cascade senior outside hitter Arielle Turner dives for the loose ball in action last week in Chelan. The Kodiaks lost a hard fought four set match to the Goats.

Ian Dunn

It is the game you circle on your calendar before the season begins, Cascade at Chelan. Last Thursday, Cascade rolled into Chelan with a 9-0 record. Chelan was 8-1, with their only loss coming to the Kodiaks on Sept. 11.

Just like always, it was another intense battle between two of the best teams in the 1A class. Each game was tightly contested, but it was the Goats who came on top 27-25, 25-27, 27-29, 21-25.

"It was frustrating because we gave them points each set," said Marni McMahon, Cascade head coach. "We ended up giving up 12, 13, 14 points in the three sets we lost. And we still played them point for point. When we don't give away unforced errors, we are very hard to beat."

Fortunately for Cascade, Chelan gave away points, along with some minimal defense. A few girls really made it a great match. Senior Arielle Turner had another monster game. She broke the school record for kills with 29 kills in the match. The record of 27 was held by teammate, sophomore Eliana Ala'ilima-Daley.

"Arielle has turned into such a competitive dominate player. She keeps her head on and confident," she said. "Gabby Brulotte also came through for us on the net with 8 kills and 3 blocks. Gabby is becoming an impact player and has proven herself to be a big part of our offense and defense."

Sophomore Libero Kaycee O'Brien had a big night on serve-receive and digging. She was 75 percent on serve-receive with 17 digs. Senior Sierra Guthrie battled hard with two blocks and 25 assists.

"Kaycee is a gamer. It still shocks me she is only a sophomore," she said.

After the loss, McMahon wanted her team to regroup and learn from their mistakes, because they had a big match against Brewster coming up.

"Brewster is our toughest match in the next five matches. If you win, you put yourself in a very good position to win out and take number one to Regionals," she said to the team. "This was a big match with lots of pressure."

Cascade holds the tiebreaker over Chelan since they beat the Goats in three sets, while Chelan beat Cascade in four sets. The number one seed gets two byes to Regionals.

Last Saturday, Cascade hosted third place Brewster, beating the Bears 25-11, 25-15, 25-23.

"I was very pleased with Eliana's play. She was aggressive and determined to score points for us. She served very well, getting Brewster out of system each time. She had eight kills and two aces," she said. "I put a lot of pressure on Eliana and Kaycee because they are such a big part of our offense, and forget sometimes they are only sophomores, but they've proven they can handle it."

O'Brien had 14 digs. Turner had 12 kills and three aces. Junior Syd Coffin continues to impress with five kills. Senior Kaelyn O'Brien and sophomore Rachel Caudle both showed their abilities in the back row.

"Rachel contributed three digs and two perfect passes on serve-receive. Kaelyn came into the match in the third set in a tight game and made two great digs on their big hitter as well as a perfect pass in system in a 23-23 situation," she said.

Cascade has four matches left against Cashmere, Tonasket, Quincy and Omak. If they win out, they would be the number one seed to Regionals, and receive two byes. They would travel to Freeman High School on Nov. 3 to play in the Regional qualifier. Three CTL teams, Cascade, Chelan and Brewster and three NEA teams, Lakeside, Freeman and Newport, battle for three spots to State in the one-day tournament.

Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or editor@leavenworthecho.com.

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