9.23.14 Chelan Volleyball v Ephrata
Haley Holliday kills a shot between two Ephrata defenders to help the Lady Goats to a three game win over the 2A school.
Lady Goats defeat Ephrata in three… extend record to 3-0
by Richard Uhlhorn
“They are a very scrappy team,” stated Chelan Volleyball Coach Donene Hendricks after the Lady Goats defeated the Ephrata Lady Tigers in a set of three games.
Ephrata, a 2A school, came into this match with some of the strongest defense I’ve seen covering volleyball. The team’s downfall was offense. They are a young team and only one player, Ephrata’s Junior Madi Youngers, was up to task on the front line defensively and offensively.
In the initial phase of game one, the Lady Tigers looked like they were going to run away from the Lady Goats and hide, eking out a 10-3 lead by digging out every attempt Chelan made to score and keeping the ball in play until the Goats made a mistake.
At this point, Coach Hendricks called a timeout to settle her team down. They scored on the next play and began the long road back to get into striking position 12-15, 14-16, 16-18, 17-19 and 17-20 at which time Hendricks called her second timeout of the game.
Ephrata had the momentum, but Chelan kept working away at their defenses until they evened the score at 23-all. Ephrata’s coach Demi Brekhus, called a timeout to try and stem Chelan’s onslaught. The two teams battled to a 26-26 tie and then Makenzie Harris took the Lady Goats ahead for the first time with a good set off Johanna Fuller and a hard kill shot. Chelan went on to get the next point to win game one 28-26, pulling out a tough game.
Chelan used its momentum in Game two to keep Ephrata within reach until the game was tied at 8-8. Chelan went on to win this game 25-12, allowing Ephrata only four more points.
Game three had Ephrata regaining their composure and both teams battled through a series of ties and switching serves at 12-12 and 17-17 before Chelan moved ahead 20-17. Ephrata took a timeout and came back in to get within striking distance again 20-19 before Hendricks called a timeout to settle her girls back down.
Chelan didn’t allow Ephrata one more point and won the game 25-20 and match in three games.
“Our hitting and serving improved greatly in the second and third game,” said Hendricks. “It helped us get a better flow offensively.”
Chelan’s JV also posted a win over Ephrata. The C Squad lost their match.
This win gives Chelan a 3-0 record on the season and they will travel to Burlington-Edison to play a double header this weekend. “We will start our first 3 out of 5 match at 11 a.m. against Lynden Christian and at 1 p.m. we will play another 3 out of 5 match against Burlington-Edison who were the 2013 2A State Champions in 2013.
“The Cascade Kodiaks are also traveling to this match and will play Lynden Christian and Burlington-Edison also.”
Leading in kills for the night was Makenzie Harris with 20. She also had 10 digs, 1 block and served 14/15 with 3 aces.
Haley Holliday:7 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks and served 13/15 with 3 aces.
Emma Stockholm: 7 kills.
Johanna Fuller:19 assists, 5 kills and 4 digs.
Madi Harrison: 18 assists and 8 digs.
Carolyn Martin:4 blocks, 3 digs and served 12/12 with 1 ace
Katie Gleasman :16/17 serving with 1 ace and had 15 digs
Rachel Hawkins: 1 kill, 2 blocks, 1 assist
South Whidbey Tournament:
Chelan traveled to the South Whidbey Tournament last Saturday, September 20 and came home with their fifth championship from this prestigious tournament that combines play with some of the best high school volleyball teams in the state.
“In our pool play we came out as the #1. Our pool consisted of Lynnwood, Cascade of Everett and Friday Harbor,” reported Hendricks.
“In our semifinal match we defeated South Whidbey’s Junior Varsity ( 25-10, 25-13) who had won their pool play earlier in the morning against all varsity teams. In the Championship match we defeated South Whidbey’s Varsity 25-19, 17-25, 15-8,” Hendricks reported.
Stats: combined for all matches
Makenzie Harris: 39 kills, 33 digs, Served 34/37 with 7 aces
Haley Holliday: 32 kills, 31 digs, served 52/57 with 12 aces
Emma Stockholm: 21 kills, 3 blocks, 2 digs, served 14/18 with 1 ace
Carolyn Martin: 18 kills, 4 blocks, served 18/23 with 4 aces
Johanna Fuller: 73 assists, 6 kills, 10 digs, served 28/34 with 4 aces
Katie Gleasman: 42 digs, served 33/37 with 10 aces
Malena Evig: 16 digs
Anneke Mulders: 10 digs, served 31/34 with 2 aces
Eva Aneshansley: 3 assists, 2 digs