(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
POWER RANGERS: Selkirk downs state power Odessa and is looking strong heading into the postseason…
Odessa is constantly considered one of the best teams in the eastern part of the state, and it’s hard to ignore with the kind of results they put up.
But NE Washington can put a feather in its cap after the Selkirk Rangers picked up the 25-17, 23-25, 26-24, 25-22 victory over perennial volleyball power Odessa in NE 1B volleyball action on Saturday.
“Winning the game Saturday against Odessa was important for us, but we will most likely play them again in the District Tournament and it will be equally as hard,” Selkirk Coach Pam Zimmerman said.
Bree Dawson had 20 kills for the Rangers, who improved to 8-1 on the year, while Odessa saw their season mark drop to 10-3. Selkirk’s Nicole Lyons had 30 assists and two blocks, while Kaitlyn Chantry had seven digs.
Selkirk has won eight straight and has five remaining games on the regular season schedule. They will host Cusick on Thursday at 6 p.m. as the post season looms.
For years, Odessa and ACH have been powers in the District 7 volleyball world but, the last couple of years, Selkirk has been rising to the challenge. In 2017, the Lady Rangers made the state tournament for the first time and placed eighth, and then again in 2018 when they placed fourth.
“The season started out a bit rough for us. Our gym flooded over the summer and had to be completely replaced,” Zimmerman said. “That meant we couldn’t have practices in the gym or have any home games for the first month and a half. We lost our first league game to Curlew in five. Maybe that was good. It caused us to focus and work even harder.”
Last Thursday, Selkirk picked up a win over visiting Inchelium. The Rangers put together a complete game in downing the Hornets in straight sets 25-16, 25-5, 25-15.
Bree Dawson put down 15 kills on the night, Nicol Lyons helped out with 24 assists and Allison Petrich served up six aces to lead Selkirk on to victory. Rylee Desautel had seven kills and five blocks on the night for Inchelium (1-9, 1-8).
“As far as what makes us good, I have to say it’s really about loving the game and about how hard these girls work,” Zimmerman said. “Bree Dawson is averaging 4-5 kills per set. I think that’s pretty normal for dominant hitters. She is extremely consistent.”
Selkirk did fall to ACH on Oct. 19. Despite 19 kills from Dawson, ACH won in three by scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 24-12. Nicole Lyons had 19 assists in the matchup.
ACH improved to 15-1 on the season and 10-0 in league play.