Jaicee Harris led the attack on Cashmere’s Lady Bulldogs Thursday night to help lift the Lady Goats to a three game victory with 12 kills, 1 block and 21 digs.
Lady Goats topple Cashmere in volleyball action
Host Wenatchee in non-league action Saturday night
by Richard Uhlhorn
Cashmere’s Lady Bulldogs came to town Thursday night for some non-league action against the Lady Goats and fell short of winning a game as Chelan took the match in three, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21. “We got it done,” said Coach Donene Hendricks. “It wasn’t pretty.”
Chelan was inconsistent and Cashmere gave them a scare in game one, but the team was good enough to overcome its inconsistencies. “We are working on overcoming our inconsistencies,” said Hendricks.
Jaicee Harris had 12 kills on the evening and dug out 21 balls with no errors. She served 11/14 with 2 aces. Harris, who has committed to Boston next year, is going to be exciting to watch. At 5’11” Jaicee is definitely Chelan’s overpowering force from the outside hitting position. Opponents wince when she goes up to hit the ball because they know it is coming hard and fast.
Darcy Austin at 5’7” is showing signs of being just as powerful as her big sister was as an outside hitter. Despite her height, she gets into the air and is able to kill the ball effectively. Thursday evening, she combined for 11 kills and 13 digs along with 11/13 at the serving line.
Cari Williams, a 5’11” senior holds down the right side of the net and will become a major factor in Chelan’s attack strategy. Cari had 3 kills and 1 block on the evening. Courtney Dietrich is only a sophomore, but at 5’11”, she is going to be a major factor at the net. She had 4 blocks and 3 kills.
Junior Maghara DePaoli dug out 14 balls and will be a major factor in Chelan’s defensive strategy. Juniors Mandy Robison and Olivia Plew will be contributing blocking, defending and serving as will Freshman Abby Phelps who is already 5’9” tall. McKenna Hawkins and Bree Burton round out the defensive portion of the team.
This Saturday night, Chelan hosts Wenatchee who beat them in last weekend’s volleyball jamboree. “We were up 24-18 and they came back to beat us 26-25 in the one game,” said Hendricks. She and the team are looking forward to playing this powerful team again.
Chelan will travel to Leavenworth next Tuesday evening to face off with the Lady Kodiaks. Both teams are slated to be the front runners again in this season’s volleyball wars.