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Post Falls Trojans repeat as IEL champs in volleyball

The Post Falls volleyball team graduated six seniors, five of whom were starters, off last year’s 5A Inland Empire League champions.

PF coach Willow Hanna had a bit of a rebuilding project this fall. She thought she had the pieces; it was a matter of finding the right combinations.

Things came together nicely as it turns out as Post Falls topped visiting Lake City 21-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 on Thursday to secure a repeat league title.

“I think it says a lot for our program,” Hanna said. “I think we knew we had the (ability), but when you’re introducing eight kids to the varsity level, you’re not sure what that’s going to look like. We’re young and they had a lot to learn.”

The Trojans are still learning. Post Falls (6-0) overcame inconsistent serving to hold off the Timberwolves (2-2).

“We have a little bit of trouble with some serves once in a while, but tonight was horrible,” Hanna said. “That’s not a typical night for us. We missed way too many serves and quite frankly gave them too many opportunities.”

“We’re getting better than we were at the beginning of the season,” LC coach Bret Taylor said. “We just have to get rid of our unforced errors.”

Ashley Jibby led PF with nine kills and 12 digs. Allison Meehan had eight kills and three aces in a late 6-0 surge in the final game.

Jennifer Schuman led LC with 12 kills and 10 digs.

• In another 5A IEL match, Lewiston (3-2) topped Coeur d’Alene (1-5) 3-1 at CdA. Savannah Blinn led Lewiston with 20 kills, 10 digs and two aces.

• Greater Spokane League: League leader Mt. Spokane (5-0) held off visiting University (2-3) 25-17, 25-20, 25-27, 22-25, 15-11. Annie Arnzen led the Wildcats with 18 kills and five aces. Jessica Moon led U-Hi with 18 assists and two aces. … Mead (4-1) downed host Shadle Park (3-2) 3-1. Paige Montgomery led the Panthers with 15 kills and four blocks and setter Danika Christen had 26 assists. Darby Santos led the Highlanders with 19 kills, 25 digs, 17 assists and one ace. … Ferris (3-2) stopped visiting Central Valley (4-1) 3-2. Samantha Batt led the Saxons with 38 assists and Kirsten Harrison had 13 kills. Taylor Butters led the Bears with 15 kills. … Gonzaga Prep (3-2) swept visiting Rogers (0-5) 3-0. Sydney Weber led the Bullpups with eight kills. Alley Roberts had eight kills for the Pirates.

• Great Northern League: West Valley (5-0) upset defending State 2A champ Pullman (4-1) 27-25, 23-25, 25-27, 25-22, 15-13 at WV. Shaniqua Nilles led the Eagles with 19 kills and four blocks while Stephanie Logan led the Greyhounds with 26 kills and seven blocks. … East Valley (4-2) swept host Clarkston (2-3) 3-0. Brooklyn Bellomy led the Knights with 10 kills and Alyssa Dorr had 20 assists and 10 digs. … Cheney (2-3) stopped visiting Deer Park (0-5) 3-1. Sydney Barrow led the Blackhawks with 14 kills and Sayde Davis had 21 assists and 12 digs. Kinnie Brazington led the Stags with 10 digs and five kills.

• Intermountain League: Priest River (2-3) swept visiting Bonners Ferry (1-5) 3-0. Morgan Stewart led the Spartans with 15 digs. Ivy Dirks led the Badgers with 23 assists. … Timberlake (1-2) downed host Kellogg (3-1) 3-1. Hannah Moseley led the Tigers with 11 kills.