By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff
One of the most nerve-wracking things in sports can be a fifth set of volleyball.
Chewelah was angling for their first win of the season Monday night against 2B Springdale and came away with the 21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-9, 15-12 victory at Mary Walker High School in Springdale.
Elizabeth Chalmers led the way for the Cougars with 10 kills while Jaelynn Skok notched 34 digs.
Springdale was coming off a win over Hunters and had a rowdy student section behind them in the match. The Chargers punched above their 2B weight class, getting eight kills from Chelsia Albee and six assists from Brooklynn Schurger.
Mattea Gines continued her excellent defensive play for Springdale, collecting 15 digs.
Lakeside gets past Chewelah (Sept. 14)
Sometimes the stats tell a better story of an athletic event than the scores do.
Take, for example, the assist totals from last Wednesday’s Chewelah volleyball match at Lakeside. The home-standing Eagles finished the evening’s three sets with 30 assists, indicating that the setter fed the ball to her hitters 30 times for kills. Chewelah totalled six assists for the match.
In the end, it translated into a three-set sweep for Lakeside: 25-4, 25-4, and 25-8.
“Lakeside probably has the best volleyball team in the state this year,” said Coach Shirley Baker. “The girls are tall and athletic, and they have played club volleyball together for several years.
“Lakeside beat Freeman in three straight sets. That’s how good they are. I don’t think anyone will beat them.”
Chewelah did not have a chance. The Eagles hammered hit after hit across the net, and the young, inexperienced Cougars were defenseless.
Elizabeth Chalmers led the Cougar front row with five kills and had one ace serve. Elle Carpenter finished the match with six assists.
Defensively, Jaelynn Skok topped the Cougars with six digs. Skyla Tunison had one block.
On Tuesday (Sept. 13), the Lady Cougars had a much closer match at Deer Park, but they lost to the Stags in three straight sets.
Two sets were closely fought. Chewelah was defeated by only three points, 25-22, in the opening set. The third set was lost by a close 25-20 score.
In the middle set, Deer Park posted a 25-14 win.
Kyrstan Miller’s seven kills led the Cougars at the net, and Skok served two aces. Carpenter had 11 digs, and Krislyn Koler had a block. Only two weeks into league play, the Cougars are beginning to show signs of skill development and team continuity against taller and more experienced opponents.
“Our team in gelling behind the incredible leadership of our senior captains, Kyrstan Miller, Savannah Nupp, and Ellie Wharton,” said Coach Shirley Baker. They epitomize the definition of servant leadership.
“Added to this is explosive play by Elizabeth Chalmers as an offensive threat, and great defensive efforts by Jaelynn Skok, Krislyn Koler, and Emily Adams.
“Additionally, Skyla Tunison and Karilee DeSautel are growing into their responsibility as middle blockers.”
This Thursday, the Lady Cougars travel to Medical Lake. On Tuesday, they return home to host Colville. Then they are on the road again on Thursday to Newport. Match time is 6:30 p.m.
Hunters Picks up First Victory (Sept. 19)
The Lions notched a 25-17, 25-13, 25-16 victory over Wellpinit on Monday to pick up their first win of the season. McLain led the Lions with three kills while Wyborney had five assists.
Wellpinit will play at winless Curlew on Saturday and then host Cusick on Tuesday. Hunters hosted Valley Christian on Tuesday and will host Cusick on Saturday.
ACH sweeps Wellpinit (Sept. 15)
ACH picked up a three-set win over Wellpinit to stay undefeated in Northeast 1B action last Thursday in Wellpinit by scores of 25-5, 25-3, 25-12.
“The girls that were there did play very hard and I’m proud of them for their efforts through adversity and having to move around to new spots,” Herda said.
Springdale sweeps Hunters (Sept. 15)
Springdale picked up its third victory of the season with a 25-19, 25-12, 25-6 sweep of Hunters last Thursday. Chelsia Albee led the Chargers with nine kills, while Shante Carthens had 17 assists and five aces.
Mattea Gines added 12 digs.
Hunters was led by three assists by Cooney.
Springdale (3-0) will play at undefeated Wilbur-Creston on Thursday and then at Davenport next Tuesday.
Wellpinit falls in three sets to Valley Christian (Sept. 13)
The Redskins got better in every set but fell to Valley Christian 25-10, 25-13, 25-18 last Tuesday on the road. Wellpinit’s Carden Flett led the team with four kills, five digs and two blocks while Lachelle Boyd had six assists.
“We were definitely down on numbers,” Wellpinit coach Kris Herda said. “We had some starters out because of other commitments and events. We hope to be back to full power starting next week.”