Thursday’s Prep Volleyball: Rochester Sweeps Tenino in Scatter Creek Volleyball
By Matt Baide
TENINO — The Beavers came to play and started out strong against Rochester here on Thursday, but the Warriors figured it out and cruised to a 3-0 win in a non-league volleyball match.
Tenino started strong in the first set and lead 11-6. Rochester called a timeout and turned the momentum, going on a 19-4 run to end the set for a 25-15 first set win, helped out by a stuff block by Rochester’s Paige Winter to swing the momentum in the Warriors’ favor.
“I told them to slow down and focus on the job at hand and not anything else. They were not actually getting their platform to the ball,” Rochester coach Wendy Hawes said. “They were just playing scared. It was a deep serve and they weren’t adjusting to it.”
It was all Rochester in the second set, winning 25-6 before completing the sweep in the third set, 25-19.
Rochester’s Lexie Jones-Sederberg recorded nine kills and five digs. Jasmine Esparza-Klatush had a team-high nine digs and Bethany Hawes added seven assists. Paige Winter tallied six kills.
“We definitely needed to work on serve/receive. They were definitely nervous I think with the big crowd and they weren’t expecting to get much from Tenino,” Hawes said. “They came out ahead the first couple points, we just had to work out some issues. They had great servers, we had to get a big block in there to get our momentum going.”
Tenino coach Francella Bronson was pleased with her team’s performance.
“I think overall, we did a good job. We were doing really well on serves which is something that we were really focusing on,” Bronson said. “I think we could do better always.”
Bronson commended the performance of Trinity Hartford, playing her first ever varsity match as the libero and performing well.
The Beavers were extra motivated in this match against a close rival.
“it was one of those things we prepare like we prepare for any game, and so the girls really wanted to go for it this time,” Bronson said. “I think they did what they could to psyche themselves up and I think based off of that, we have our ups and downs throughout the game. They did well overall.”
Hawes echoed the sentiment with the Beavers painting the rock before the football game a couple weeks ago.
“Absolutely since the painting of the rock last week and the football team. There’s always going to be a rivalry with our neighbors so the girls came with a mission,” Hawes said.
Rochester (3-1) has a week off before hosting Forks on Thursday in a non-league match. Tenino (0-3) travels to Adna on Saturday to play in the Adna Tournament.
Tigers Take the Long Way to Victory Over Pirates
ADNA – It took a full five sets to determine the winner here Thursday night but Napavine managed to escape with a win over the Pirates in Central 2B League volleyball play.
The Tigers took the first two extended sets by twin scores of 26-24 before dropping the next two sets by scores of 25-27 and 17-25 to the home team. In the fifth and final set Napavine rebounded with a 15-9 victory to seal the rivalry victory.
Napavine coach Monica Dailey said her team was lucky to snag the victory on a night when they did not play their best volleyball.
“Adna came ready to play and we did not. We scrambled a lot. We did play well defensively but we just could not get our offense firing and when you’re offense isn’t firing it’s difficult to win,” said Dailey.
Still, the Tigers coach was pleased that her team was able to gut out the victory once Adna had charged all the way back to force the do-or-die fifth set. On the Napavine attack Ada Williams was a perfect 21 for 21 serving to go along with 12 assists and 13 digs. Ashley Dickinson added seven assists and eight kills, while Haily Murray contributed nine kills and three block kills.
“We just knew that we needed to get in there and take care of businesses,” said Dailey, who emphasized her team’s need for better starts and increased consistency. “The girls played with a lot of heart in that fifth game and they chipped away and took it and I was proud of them for that.”
Dailey added that Rae Sisson and Vannie Fagerness played well defensively with 21 digs and 15 digs to their names, respectively.
Adna coach Wendie Dotson singled out Napavine’s Olivia Alegria as a player that always seemed to be giving her team fits. Alegria finished the night with 25 digs and four aces.
“Their libero (Alegria) does an excellent job in the back row. She’s the glue that keeps things together for them,” said Dotson.
Dotson added that she was impressed with her team’s ability to steel themselves in the face of adversity and force the match to five sets after losing the first two frames in frustrating fashion.
“It was a battle. It was actually pretty good volleyball to watch,” said Dotson. “We were struggling before tonight to kind of kick things into gear. We’ve been struggling to find an identity but tonight I think we made that step forward.”
Dotson noted that Morgan Trotter put in a well rounded effort and tallied nine kills before going down with an ankle injury in the fourth set. She postulated that the outcome of the match may have been different if her outside hitter had been able to remain in the game.
Instead, Dotson had to turn to freshman Alyssa Davis to try to fill the void.
“Aly came in and dug the ball well for us. It probably scared her a little bit to be stuck in a spot where you have to succeed but she did a good job for us,” said Dotson.
Dotson added that Adison Stewart played well at the net on both offense and defense and picked up eight kills along the way.
Adna (0-3) will host their home tournament on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with Pe Ell, Naselle, Raymond, Ocosta, Life Christian, Winlock and Tenino slated to participate. Napavine (3-0) will host Wahkiakum on Tuesday. That game will begin immediately after the junior varsity contest, sometime around 6 p.m.
Centralia Falls to Orting
The Tigers fout to get some momentum, but Orting never let it go en route to a 3-0 win in a non-league volleyball match in Centralia on Thursday.
Orting won with set scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-18.
Jaelyn Friberg was 13 of 14 serving with three aces and 14 assists and Danika Jensen served 100 percent and added 10 digs and three kills.
Kylie Sharp led the Tigers with 12 digs and Evie Rooklidge served 100 percent with 10 digs.
Centralia coach Marti Smith was pleased with her team’s performance and although they’re not quite where they want to be yet, she noted they have improved over their last three matches.
“It was a rough start in the first set. It took us a while to find some rhythm. In the second set, we had a lead but the momentum shifted back their way,” Smith said. “The third set, it was a battle all the way. At the end, they just got the momentum and were able to rattle off points. We were always having to dig our way back but overall, defensively, we got better as the match progressed.”
Smith also highlighted the play of Rooklidge, having a great game as a freshman and the play of Sharp, keeping the ball alive and playing great defense.
Centralia (0-2) travels to Montesano on Tuesday for a non-league match.
Naselle Takes Down Pe Ell
PE ELL — Pe Ell couldn’t find a rhythm on Thursday here against Naselle, with Naselle earning a 3-0 win in a non-league volleyball match.
Naselle won each set with scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-23.
“It was not our best. We had some starts and stops but nothing consistent,” Pe Ell coach Karie Cleveland said. “We’re really looking forward to the tournament this weekend and to working out those kinks.”
Pe Ell (1-2) travels to Adna on Saturday to compete in the Adna Tournament.
Note: Morton-White Pass defeated Wahkiakum 3-1 in a Central 2B League match in Cathlamet on Thursday.