11-11-11 Volleyball Stat\e playoffs
Abby Phelps helped the Lady Goats to a five game victory over Kalama to move into second day play at the Sun Dome on Saturday, November 12. Phelps was not to be denied in the fourth game of this win or loser out match and slammed down kill after kill against a very good Kalama team to help lift the Goats to victory.
Lady Goats squeak into trophy round at State Volleyball
By Richard Uhlhorn
It was a tough day for the Chelan Lady Goats at the opening day of State Volleyball. Their opening match was against the very team they defeated the year before for the State Championship… the very team they had lost to in the 2009 championship game.
In its preview, the Yakima Herald called the Knights and Goats the powerhouse teams of the tournament, and that the match would be like watching the championship match all over again.
Unfortunately, Chelan failed on several levels to get by Kings in this match. The Lady Goats have prided themselves on excellent serving throughout the season. They fell down miserably at the service line against Kings. Missed serves give your opponent a point and the ball. “It wasn’t only our serving that hurt us,” said Coach Donene Hendricks. “We failed on a number of levels.”
The Knights were able to put Chelan into the win or your out bracket with game scores of 25-21, 25-23, 25-20. These were very close games. Kings relied on its ability to block our hitters and to find holes in our defense with their strong offensive hitting. Coupled with Chelan’s mistakes, Kings was able to pull off the win.
Kings didn’t show that they were better than Chelan, it’s just that at this stage of competition, you have to bring your best game to the court. Chelan wasn’t able to do that in its first match.
So the loss put Chelan into the win or go home bracket and they faced Kalama.
The Kalama Chinooks came into the state championships unranked, but its volleyball program is very, very solid. They have, over the years, made the state tournament 17 times and have taken home 11 trophies.
Still suffering from their first lost, the Lady Goats lost to Kalama in the first game, 21-25. Came back in the second game to win 25-20 and then lost again in game three 22-25.
It was in game four that the Lady Goats finally came alive and showed Kalama why they came into the state tourney ranked fourth by the Coaches. Game four went to Chelan by a score of 25-18.
Abby Phelps was a monster in this game. Her hitting was strong, solid and she was finding the holes to put the ball on the court and not in a defenders hands. Defensively, Maghara DePaoli was digging out some incredibly hard hit balls. The passes and sets were back on track and Chelan carried out that momentum in game five, beating Kalama in a close game 15-13 to get into trophy play on Saturday, November 12.
Chelan faced Montesano on Saturday morning and won that match 25,20, 25-13, 25-21, putting them on track to play for the sixth and seventh place trophy against the Ridgefield Spudders at 3 p.m. today.
Ridgefield also came into the tournament unranked, but they are a force to be reckoned with. In their last match against Lynden Christian, the game went to LC by a score of 30-28. The Spudders have a storied history at the state tournament having appeared 31 times, taking home 16 trophies and winning it all three times.
Chelan will be looking to add its 11th trophy to the trophy cabinet at the high school at 3 p.m.