Darcy Austin had 9 kills and 11 digs to help Chelan to its four game victory over the Cascade Kodiaks.
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Chelan takes Cascade in four games
By Richard Uhlhorn
Once again the Chelan Lady Goats proved to be tougher than an opponent. The Cascade Kodiaks came to town Tuesday night determined to defeat the defending 1A State Champions.
Cascade and Chelan battled throughout the first game of the night, trading the lead until the Kodiaks finally got a few breaks with several service aces and well placed balls that Chelan had to just return. Cascade pulled of a game one win 25-19, but the Lady Goats took the next three games and the match 25-16, 25-15, 25-15.
“The girls were not in sync in the first game,” said Coach Donene Hendricks.
Game two was a totally different story. Chelan came out and ran the score to an 11-8 advantage before Cascade’s Coach, Marni McMahon called her first time out to try and change the momentum to her team, but Chelan was on a roll and allowed the Kodiaks only two points while making a eight point run before Cascade took there second time out. With the score 19-10, Cascade was unable to catch up. Chelan won game two going away 25-16.
Chelan came out in game three and mixed up shots from the line with Abby Phelps (11 kills total), Darcy Austin (9 kills total), Courtney Dietrich (9 kills total) and Olivia Plew (8 kills total) confusing the Kodiak defense with spikes coming from both sides and the middle. A few well placed balls also made it to the floor for points.
Darcy Austin put Chelan up by two when she placed a ball just over a defenders head to a spot on the court where no one could defend. From that point on Chelan only allowed Cascade two more points, one of them on a missed serve, and closed out game three 25-15.
Game four had both teams battling for the lead with Cascade and Chelan trading the lead several times. The game was tied at 12-all and then Cascade went ahead by one point 13-12, but the Lady Goats answered with three quick points to take the lead back 15-13. McMahon called a timeout in hopes of shutting down Chelan’s momentum again and getting her team back on track, but the Lady Goats were on top of their game at this point and ran the score up to 22-13 before Cascade scored a point on a service change.
The Kodiaks were able to score two more points before Chelan shut them down and won the game 25-15 and their first league match of the season.
“The girls really stepped up after the first game,” stated Hendricks. “We were prepared to play five games against Cascade.”
Chelan spread out its offense successfully and Hendricks said, “They were solid on the court.”
To Cascade’s credit, they never gave up and will be the second toughest team in the CTL this year. “They are young, but very talented,” said Hendricks.
Looking forward to this season, Hendricks feels that Okanogan will be Chelan’s next toughest opponent. “Mike (Gariano) always has a scrappy team.”
This Thursday, September 15, the Lady Goats host the Brewster Bears in the Chelan High School Gymnasium with JV action beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity play at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Chelan v Cascade
19-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15
Maghara DePaoli, Libero – 27/28 serving w/ 2 Aces
Olivia Plew, Setter/RS – 8 kills, 22 assists, 1-/11 serving w/2 Aces, 11 digs
Abby Phelps, Setter/OH – 11 kills, 20 assists, 17/17 serving w/2 Aces, 2 blocks, 8 digs
Darcy Austin, OH – 9 kills, 15/16 Serving, 11 digs
McKenna Hawkins, DS – 15/16 serving w/4 aces
Courtney Dietrich, MB/OH – 9 kills, 6/7 serving w/1ace, 7 blocks, 3 digs.