STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VOLLEYBALL: Pomeroy tops Oakesdale for title, La Conner repeats as 2B champs, 1A Chelan fights back for championship win
(COLIN HAFNER/Chewelah Independent)
1B: Pomeroy tops Oakesdale for title…
Pomeroy went the distance twice on Friday to capture a state title that had eluded them the last four years with second and third place finishes. It was the Pirates first state title since 2014, and the squad had to put some work in to get it.
The day started off with a tough match against a fierce Almira-Coulee-Hartline team that rolled through their league with an undefeated record on the season.
ACH took the Pirates to five sets before succumbing to the eventual champs. Match scores for Pomeroy in the semifinal win were 32-34, 25-19, 25-15, 14-25, 15-11.
That marathon semifinal set up another great matchup in the final against familiar face Oakesdale, which turned out to be another barn burner for the title.
Pomeroy jumped on Oakesdale early, getting out to a 2-0 set lead against the Nighthawks, but that’s when things turned around, and Oakesdale rode newfound momentum to notch things up at 2-2 after four sets.
Pomeroy got things back on track in the fifth set in a wild finish that saw them go up 12-4 before holding on to win it in extra points, 16-14. The scores for all five matches came out 25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 16-14 in favor of Pomeroy to get the championship win.
Heidi Heytvelt was the star of the show in the championship, turning in 33 assists and 15 digs for the Pirates.
ACH took third in the tournament with a win over league foe Odessa in straight sets.
La Conner repeats as 2B champs
La Conner made another run to a championship after taking down Northwest Christian in the 2B state final held at the Yakima SunDome Nov. 15 in straight sets 25-19, 25-15, 25-22.
The Braves got to the final by downing Mossyrock 3-1 in the second semifinal of the day to set up the matchup with the Crusaders, 3-1 winners over Tri-Cities Prep in the first semifinal.
Northwest Christian was threatening to push the match to a fourth set, but stellar play from La Conner’s players managed to stamp out that possibility at just the right time to pull out the straight set victory and another title for the school.
Brave’s freshman Ellie Marble posted 18 kills and 22 digs to help lead the way in the win, and Justine Benson pitched in 32 assists along with two blocks for the team.
1A Chelan fights back for championship win
After dropping the first two sets in the 1A state volleyball championship matchup on Nov. 16 against Kings, Chelan found themselves down 21-22 in the third and just three points away from being swept by the Knights.
That’s when the Mountain Goats got things going as they staved off the loss by scoring the next four points to win the third set and rolled on from that point to capture the five set win and the state championship, 25-27, 16-25, 25-22, 25-21, 17-15.
Elly Collins and Leanna Garfoot held things down on the offensive end for the Mountain Goats, getting some timely kills and assists to get the team back into the match, while teammateEmma McLaren added some important kills of her own and paired with Casey Simpson to anchor some strong defensive play.
Chelan made it to the championship after beating Freeman in one of the semifinals 3-1, while Kings knocked off Lakeside in straight sets in the other semifinal.
Lakeside beat Freeman 3-1 for third place.