(By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff)
Springdale and Wellpinit tangled last Thursday in a battle of neighboring town bragging rights at Wellpinit. Things were tight, back-and-forth, but the Chargers were able to use consistency to get past Wellpinit 25-19, 26-24, 25-11.
Chelsia Albee led the Chargers in serving with 12 aces. Brooklyn Schurger and Breanna Erickson added three kills apiece for Springdale, while Shante Carthens added 19 assists. Mattea Gines led the Chargers with 15 digs.
“I think Albee was the leader for Mary Walker because her serving killed us,” Wellpinit coach Kris Herda said. “Also, Gines did well with her digs and keeping the ball alive.”
For Wellpinit, Lindsey Salina led her squad with four aces. Christina Carden-Flett had six kills, three blocks and five digs while Lachelle Boyd dished out 12 assists.
“Lindsey is the upperclassman leader,” Herda said. “Christina is our hitting presence, and Lachelle is our setter who keeps the ball alive. We play very young and they lead the squad.”
Wellpinit (0-2) played Valley Christian Tuesday and ACH Thursday. They’ll play at Hunters on Monday. Springdale (2-0) will play at Cusick Tuesday, then Hunters on Thursday. Then the Chargers will face Chewelah on Monday.
Wellpinit plays Odessa-Harrington close in opener
Odessa-Harrington picked up the win in a Northwest 1B volleyball matchup last Wednesday, 25-23, 25-18, 25-16 but it wasn’t easy.
Odessa-Harrington needed serving runs to get past Wellpinit in three contested sets. Christina Carden-Flett led Wellpinit with seven kills, five aces and two aces. Lachelle Boyd had 14 assists while Lindsey Salinas had five digs.
Springdale opens season with victory
Mattea Gines led the team with 20 digs as the Chargers picked up a 25-23, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22 nonleague victory against Valley Christian on Saturday.
“The girls are really coming along and they’re playing good,” Springdale coach Matt Gines said.
Chelsia Albee and Breanna Erickson each had eight kills while Shante Carthens shelled out four assists for the Chargers.
Hunters falls to Odessa-Harrington in season opener
Odessa-Harrington got stronger as the game went on, downing Columbia 25-13,25-10,25-7 in the Lions’ season opener last Thursday.
Ailaina Cooney dished out five assists and one ace for Hunters. McKenna Davison led Odessa-Harrington with seven aces, while Ty Evans had six kills against Columbia in Northwest 1B volleyball action.
Hunters (0-1) plays at Springdale this Thursday, then Wellpinit next Monday. They’ll then play Valley Christian on Tuesday.
Wellpinit gears up for volleyball season with familiar coach
The Wellpinit volleyball team has kicked off the season with close matches under “new” head coach Kris Herda. The Wellpinit administrator and Jenkins High School grad hasn’t been the coach of the team for two years but when the position re-opened, he took the spot.
“Our expectations are set solely on ourselves,” Herda said. “We want to improve every day, pick each other up, and celebrate our successes. The points and win will come through our every day improvement.”
Wellpinit has seen 19 different girls come to practice, which is good numbers for 1B school “considering their mean principal is the coach,” says Herda with a laugh. “With the large number it allows us to get more done in practice and push each other. We can scrimmage more, move girls around and find what works for us.”
Herda can also move around the rotation more to put girls in the right position to win. If somebody is having an off night, they have the bodies for somebody to step in.
“If they can clear their minds, be positive, and focus on what they need to do, we can scrap and play with anyone,” Herda said.
Wellpinit has one junior, three sophomores and two freshmen who all saw playing time last year. Two of them played as eighth graders and that experience will be valuable.
The Northeast 1B league is about having a setter and attackers, Herda said, and the traditionally strong teams are ACH, Wilbur-Creston and Odessa-Harrinton.
“All of the teams have some talent, it is a matter of who puts the best system in place and takes advantage of what they have,” Herda said.