Great Northern volleyball
Newport and Colville used different tactics Tuesday to remain atop the Great Northern League standings with perfect records.
Newport (5-0) squandered a fourth-game lead and had to go the distance to outlast host Medical Lake 15-8, 9-15, 15-13, 14-16, 15-5.
Colville (4-0) waltzed to a 15-2, 15-2, 15-4 win at Chewelah.
The latest state coaches poll lists Colville as No. 2 and Newport No. 3 among 2A teams. Omak is ranked No. 1.
The teams won’t meet in league play for another two weeks, Oct. 7 at Colville. The league season ends Nov. 1, with Colville at Newport.
Both teams finished in second place last year, Colville in the Frontier League and Newport in the Northeast A.
The schools fell into the 2A classification this year, with enrollments between 301-600.
Tuesday at Medical Lake, Carey Sauer’s 32 kills and 17 blocks guided Newport to the marathon win. Halee Haptonstall added 37 assists and Alicia Almond was 39-for-39 serving for the Grizzlies.
Amanda Monroe’s 13 kills, five aces and three blocks guided the Cardinals (1-3).
At Chewelah, Melissa Wollan’s nine kills and three aces guided the Indians’ win. Lindsey Braff added 10 assists for Colville.
Shannon Edwards of the Cougars finished with seven assists.
At Nine Mile Falls, Jennilee Williams totaled 16 kills and 12 digs as visiting Deer Park (2-3) held off Lakeside 15-8, 15-7, 10-15, 10-15, 15-12.
The Stags built a 11-1 lead in the fifth game and withstood an Eagles rally.
Rebecca Magart added 36 assists and Breanne Smith five aces for DP. Nikki Petticrew guided Lakeside (2-2) with 21 digs, 13 kills, eight blocks and three aces.
Newport had defeated Deer Park 15-12, 15-9 in a league-counting match last Saturday at the Okanogan Tournament. The results weren’t reported at the time.
Tuesday’s match between Riverside (0-3) and host Pullman (1-2) wasn’t reported.
League matches continue Thursday with Medical Lake at Riverside, Lakeside at Colville and DP at Newport.
Pullman travels to Chewelah on Saturday.