Top Performer: Hope Baldyga, White River
42 assists, 10 kills — in 3-1 win over Fife
White River 3, Fife 1: The Hornets aren’t ready to relinquish their league crown just yet.
Hope Baldyga’s big night helped White River edge the Trojans in a battle of 2A SPSL Mountain unbeatens, with the Hornets improving to 6-0 after reaching the 2A state semifinals last year.
“It’s a good win, Fife’s great competition,” White River coach Lina Randall said. “They’re the best competition in our league so far.”
But for all White River’s success last year, it was Fife that opened the state volleyball rankings slotted at No. 8 in Class 2A by the volleyball coaches association released Monday. White River was unranked.
Not that Randall or White River were too concerned.
“I hadn’t even seen that,” Randall said.
The Hornets (6-0; 5-0 2A SPSL Mountain) just handled their business. Keegan Strobeck had 23 kills and Megan Vandegrift, a UW softball commit, had 24 digs. Hannah Nelson added 14 kills as White River has seemed to find some players to step up after the graduation of 2A SPSL Mountain MVP Kendall Bird, who signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of San Diego.
It was a back-and-forth start, with White River taking the opening set, 26-24, against Fife (6-1; 4-1). The Trojans bounced back to take the second set, 25-19, but White River rolled from there to win the final two sets, 25-17, 25-19.
“We wanna get better every time we go out and compete. Just continue to play our best volleyball,” Randall said. “Just playing consistent volleyball and competing. We always need to go out and compete.”
Orting 3, Steilacoom 2: The Cardinals unbeaten record and place atop the 2A SPSL Sound was put to a big test.
Steilacoom had all the momentum following back-to-back set victories to force a fifth and final set, but Orting got big nights from Alexxis Archie, Sarah Fohn and Kayla Wilp to win 25-12, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 15-7 and push its record to 5-0.
It was all Orting the first two sets, but Steilacoom (3-3, 3-2 2A SPSL Sound) bounced back to make it a thriller. Caty Neeser had nine kills and three blocks for the Sentinels and Rachel Brown had a team-high 17 digs. CJ Dela Cruz had 20 assists.
Archie had a match-high 15 kills for Orting, Fohn had 38 assists and five aces and Wilp had 23 digs.
Wilson 3, Lakes 0: Caitlyn McCloud had nine kills and 11 digs as the Rams shut out the Lancers, 25-18, 26-24, 25-11.
Ciarra Judson added 22 assists, three kills and three aces and Ella Dorsey had nine kills for Wilson. Baylee Blau led Lakes with 10 digs .
River Ridge 3, Eatonville 0: It was all Hawks all game as they cruised past the Cruisers.
River Ridge won it 25-10, 25-9, 25-3 and got four aces, four kills and five digs from Emily Chisa, and Lindsay Ridgeway had nine kills, two aces and six digs.
Bethel 3, Mount Tahoma 0: Paige Davidson led the Braves to a shutout of the T-Birds in straight.
Davidson led Bethel with 12 kills, 10 digs, and six aces. Kaylee Charles added 18 assists.
Top performer: Grace Jung, Cascade Christian
1 goal, 2 assists — in 5-0 win over Hoquiam
Cascade Christian 5, Hoquiam 0: Grace Jung and Nicole Souply each had big nights as the Cougars blanced Hoquiam to keep its record unblemished.
Cascade Christian (8-0-0) got a goal and two assists from Jung and Souply scored two goals as it took a four-goal lead before the 20th minute. Souply has been simply special, pushing her season total to 17 goals and nine assists for those eight matches.
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