11/14/2012 3:21:00 PM Volleyball team finishes third in State
Photos by John Cleveland II
The Cascade Kodiak volleyball team fell short of a state title, but still completed a very fine season with a third place finish at State. The team was Caribou League champs and 17-3. Left, senior Sierra Guthrie sets the ball. Top middle, senior Arielle Turner makes another kill shot. Top right, junior Sydney Coffin with the dig. Bottom middle, junior Rachel Munoz makes a play. Bottom middle, senior Hannah Cowan (12) and sophomore Eliana Ala’ilima-Daley (2) go up for the block. Bottom right, sophomore Johnna Rieke makes a nice set for a teammate.
The tremendous season of the Cascade Kodiak volleyball team finally came to a conclusion last week with a third place finish in the State 1A Volleyball Tournament in Yakima. The third place finish matched the best ever finish by the Kodiaks at the tournament, but still fell short of the state title, which many felt the team could accomplish.
The team's magical run to the state title ended with a loss in the semi-finals to top ranked Castle Rock, 25-16, 16-25, 19-25, 18-25. Cascade Head Coach Marni McMahon knew her team would have to play their very best to beat senior laden Castle Rock, the eventual state champion.
"They are a great team with lots of experienced players. While we matched up with them offensively, we broke down defensively," McMahon said. "We did not execute the game plan on defense."
Sophomore Libero Kaycee O'Brien did have a great defensive match with 24 digs, and was 73 percent on serve-recieve. Senior Arielle Turner had 16 kills.
Next up for the Kodiaks was a game against Kings Way Christian for third and fourth place.
"We had to regroup. It was a frustrating loss considering we really wanted that championship match. After our locker room talk, we had to get our heads on and focus on Kings Way Christian," she said. "This match was for third and fourth, and fourth was not an option for us."
The team headed back to the hotel and watched the film on Kings Way Christian. McMahon developed a game plan to exploit their weaknesses. It worked to perfection as Cascade won in straight sets, 25-15, 25-16 and 25-21.
Junior Taylor McDevitt served 4-for-4 with two digs. Junior Sydney Coffin had another great serving match to go along with three kills.
"We ended our season with a third place trophy, 17-3 record and league champs," he said. "I am very proud of all the girls and will miss the seniors greatly. They are four very special young ladies and have had a very positive impact on our program."
The four seniors are Turner, Sierra Guthrie, Hannah Cowan and Kaelyn O'Brien.
In the first round of the State Tournament, Cascade beat Lynden Christian in straight sets, 25-16, 25-19, 25-13. Turner, who McMahon calls her best ever all around player, had 16 kills and three aces. Cowan and junior Gabby Brulotte combined for five kills and four blocks. Guthrie and sophomore Johnna Rieke combined for 25 assists. Sophomore Eliana Ala'ilima-Daley had eight kills and four digs.
In the quarterfinals, Cascade beat Granger 25-9, 25-16, 25-19. Junior Rachel Munoz had a 10 point serving run with eight aces. Kaelyn O'Brien had seven digs.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.