|10/24/2012 3:24:00 PM|
Kodiaks aim for number one seed in regional playoffs
|Photo by Kacie Thrift|
Cascade senior outside hitter, Arielle Turner (3), tips the ball back over the net against Cashmere in action last week. The Kodiaks beat the Bulldogs in straight sets. Cascade completes regular season play this week.
With straight set victories over Cashmere and Tonasket last week, the Cascade Kodiak volleyball team appears well on the way to securing the number one seed into the Regional Playoffs. Both Cascade and Chelan are 11-1, and will likely finished tied for the Caribou Trail League championship.
But the Kodiaks receive the number one seed because they beat the Goats in three sets at home, while Chelan needed four sets to beat Cascade in Chelan. That is the first tiebreaker. Regionals are set for Nov. 3 at Freeman High School near Spokane. The Kodiaks will need to win just one game to qualify for State. But it won't be easy. There will be six teams, three from the Caribou Trail League and three from the Northeast A League, competing for three spots to State.
This week, Cascade finishes the regular season with home games against Quincy (4-8) on Oct. 23 (results not available before press time) and Omak (3-9) on Saturday.
Last week, Cascade defeated Cashmere 25-10, 25-17, 25-7 on Oct. 16 in Cashmere.
"The first and third sets were great. The unforced errors were down. We played our game," said Marni McMahon, Cascade head coach. "We gave away too many points in the second set, mostly on missed serves. I was trying to get a lot of girls into the game."
Sophomore Eliana Ala'ilima-Daley had 6 aces and 8 kills. Senior Arielle Turner notched 10 kills and 3 aces. Senior Hannah Cowan had 3 kills and 2 blocks. Junior Sydney Coffin had 4 kills and 2 aces. Senior Kaelyn O'Brien had 6 digs. Senior Sierra Guthrie and sophomore Johnna Rieke combined for 26 assists.
"Definitely pleased with the match. Anytime you can keep a team under 10 points or under, you are doing your job," she said.
Last Saturday, Cascade traveled to Tonasket for a game against the Tigers. After a three hour bus ride, the match was over in 45 minutes, 25-4, 25-17, 25-6.
Sophomore Kaycee O'Brien served 15 straight points in the opening game, with 8 aces. Daley had 10 aces and 7 kills. Turner recorded 14 kills. Junior Taylor McDevitt was 4-for-4 serving with 2 digs. Junior Rachel Munoz 2 aces, 4 digs. Sophomore Rachel Caudle was 4-for-4 serving with 6 bigs.
"It was a quick match, not a lot of rallies. It was mostly a serving game. We served aggressively," she said. "Eliana and Kaycee did a great job. I was pleased to go up there and play our game and win in three."
The past Tuesday was senior night for the Kodiaks. The four seniors are Turner, Guthrie, Cowan and Kaelyn O'Brien.
"I could not be more proud of Arielle. She has really grown as a volleyball player. She plays all year round," she said of Turner, a four year varsity player. "She is an all around player. She will be playing somewhere next year. She lives for volleyball."
McMahan said Guthrie has really grown into a sound setter. Cowan has gone from a back row to a front row player, and O'Brien has bounced back after a tough injury.
"Sierra has shocked me with her development over the past year. She brings some fire to the court. She does some great things. Hannah is a quiet competitor. She works hard and is very versatile," she said. "Kaelyn sat a whole year with an ACL tear. To be able to bounce back is really admirable. She has been an inspiration."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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