10.11.12 Chelan v Cascade
Junior Jenny Sunberg is creating havoc with her hitting abilities for defenders on opposing teams. On Thursday evening against Cascade, Jenny had 9 solid kills and 2 blocks in the middle.
Chelan regains dominance over
Cascade in huge volleyball battle
Win ties Chelan with Cascade for first place in CTL
By Richard Uhlhorn
It was a volleyball match that could have gone south very quickly for the Chelan Lady Goats, but they were more determined to not let Cascade beat them on their home court despite letting a strong, talented Lady Kodiak team beat them in game one 27-25.
The Lady Goats could have let that loss lead to a disastrous evening of volleyball for them, but an excellent team faced with an equally talented team came back, took control and swept the next three games 27-25, 29-27, 25-21.
This match was, until playoff time, probably the most anticipated game of the volleyball season. In an earlier meeting in Leavenworth, Cascade beat Chelan for the first time since 2008 and claimed first place in the CTL. Thursday night, Chelan reclaimed their dominance on the volleyball court and are now tied with Cascade for first place.
The only aspect of this match that was not consistent was in the serving arena. Both Chelan and Cascade were somewhere below 90 percent in their serving. Assistant coach Connie Poirier said, "Fortunately they had more missed serves than we did." Coach Donene Hendricks added, "We were more aggressive with our serving tonight. When you do that, your serving percentage tends to go down."
In game one, Chelan took command early and forged a lead that ended up with the team ahead 20-17. Cascade came roaring back with a small run and with the score 23-20, only two points from putting the game in the history book. Cascade closed the score to 23-22 and Hendricks called a time out. Right after the time out, the Kodiaks tied the game at 23-all.
The Lady Goats grabbed the lead back with a well placed kill, but Cascade tied it again at 24-all. Emily Schramm missed a serve/receive that gave Cascade their first lead but Courtney Dietrich got a perfect short set and tied the game up at 25-all. Cascade then closed it out with win one... their only win of the evening.
Game two was more of the same, but this time it was the Lady Goats who took the win 27-25.
Game three was probably the game of the evening for dominance between these two talented teams. It was another game that went back and forth for the lead. There were many lead changes throughout this one and once again it came down to the wire with Cascade getting a chance o close it out when they were ahead 26-25. Chelan tied it back up and then got the chance to close it out with another poin gained to lead 27-26. Cascade got the ball back on a poor set by Chelan and retied the game at 27-all, but blew their opportunity when they missed their serve giving Chelan the advantage once again. The Lady Goats prevailed and won this hard fought battle 29-27.
The win blew a little wind out of Cascades sails because Chelan basically owned them in game four, forging a 19-11 lead that Cascade was never able to recover from, loing this game 25-21 and the match.
"It was a great match," said Coach Hendricks. "They couldn't handle our middle attack." When Courtney Dietrich got a short set, there was no stopping her powerful kill. Jenny Sunberg continues to gain confidence in her abilities and it also showed last night. "She has quick hands and the opposition isn't ready for her hits," said Coach Hendricks. Sunberg's spikes seem to have an interesting spin or, if you will, English to them. Time after time the opposition defenders would try to receive her spike and the ball would spin off for another point.
What made it great was the community support. The Chelan gymnasium, while not packed, was full of Chelan and Cascade fans out to cheer their respective teams along. On both sides the students were loud with their cheering.
Overall, this was one match that was worth attending. The upcoming playoffs will definitely pit these two teams against each other again, probably for the CTL championship and then again in the run for a trip to the state championships later.
Now that both Chelan and Cascade share first place they both have to worry about Brewster. Brewster lost to Cascade in their first meeting but it took Cascade five games to win that match and they meet up again this coming Saturday on the Lady Kodiaks home court. Chelan also won their match against the Brewster Bears, but it took them four games to put them away. So, Brewster is the dark horse and could end up being a spoiler this season.
Courtney Dietrich - 23 kills,7 blks., 10 digs, 18/20 serving w/1 ace
Abbey Phelps - 12 kills, 28 assists, 2blks., 8 digs, 28/29 serving w/2 aces
Jenny Sunberg - 9 kills, 2 blks., 1 dig, 3/4 serving
Emily Schramm - 1 kill, 12 digs, 16/19 serve/receive