CdA, LC advance to title match
The Coeur d’Alene High volleyball team was equal parts power and finesse Saturday afternoon.
The Vikings swung with authority, but also had the presence of mind to place shots in uncovered areas as top-seeded Coeur d’Alene handled No. 4 Post Falls 25-14, 25-17, 25-13 in 5A Region I tournament-opening matches at Elmer Jordan Court.
In the other match, No. 3 Lake City rebounded from a three-set loss to No. 3 Lewiston a week ago for a 25-16, 25-18, 16-25, 27-25 decision.
LC (11-18) and CdA (26-3) face off Tuesday in the regional final at CdA while Post Falls (12-16) travels to Lewiston in a loser-out match. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
The Vikings had no problem putting away shots on offense, but they were especially adept at handling the Trojans’ awkward returns on overfeeds.
“We really work on that in practice – on what’s open, how to hit it and communicating from our back row to our front row on what’s open during the hit,” CdA coach Carly Curtis said. “That’s one thing that develops smart players.”
CdA played quite loose and was always in control. Senior outside hitter Hanna Johnson led with 10 kills and senior setter Natalie Stewart had 28 assists, eight precise aces and 10 digs.
The Vikings built big leads in the first two sets. In the second, CdA was ahead 17-3. But the Trojans didn’t quit, fighting back within seven points before CdA put it away.
In the third game, Lindsey Ritzheimer capped the win with back-to-back aces.
LC jumped all over Lewiston in the first two games, working well around the Bengals’ big block. Senior setter hitter Jacqueline Adamson led LC with 10 kills and six aces.
Timberwolves coach Jen Kelly called it Adamson’s best match of the season.
“It’s been just trying to get her to find her rhythm,” Kelly said. “She is our firecracker.”
LC senior libero Rose Brooks had 16 digs.
Idaho 1A Division II District 1-2: Clark Fork advanced to a Saturday state play-in that will start at 5 p.m. in Grangeville, while Kootenai was eliminated.
Great Northern League: Stephanie Logan and Danielle Hodge each recorded 10 kills and teammate Kate Juettinger came up with 12 digs as visiting Pullman (9-1) swept Colville (6-4) and moved into a first-place tie with West Valley in the league standings.
Idaho State 5A: Centennial defeated Coeur d’Alene 2-1 in overtime to capture a play-in game and end the Vikings’ season at 10-6-4.
Idaho State 3A: Emily Elliot scored in the 27th minute to give Fruitland a 1-0 win over visiting Timberlake (3-8-1) in a play-in game.
Great Northern League: Visiting Pullman (10-2, 9-1) used a pair of second-half goals from Annalisa Druffel to rally from a 1-0 first-half deficit for a 4-1 win over Colville (0-11, 0-9). Rachel Sias and Niina Al-Hasson also scored for the Greyhounds, while Whitly Luu had the only goal for Colville.
Idaho State 5A: Eagle outscored Lake City 4-2 in a shootout in Lewiston to earn a 2-1 victory that ended the season for the injury-plagued Timberwolves (9-5-2), who got a goal from Montana Patton in regulation, along with shootout goals from Michael Leptich and Matt Burns.
Riverside’s Joey Nyberg finished with a time of 16 minutes, 36 seconds to win the individual boys title in the Can-Am Invitational at Kettle Falls, but Colville, behind the second-place finish of Jake Hastings (16:44) captured the team championship. In the girls race, Deer Park’s Chantel Duenich finished first in 19:42 and led the Stags to the team title.