Tight group gathers near top in GSL
Wed., Oct. 1, 2008
One game separates five schools following the fourth round of Greater Spokane League volleyball Tuesday.
Lewis and Clark and idle Mead remained unbeaten, followed closely by three 3-1 teams. There was one upset when previously winless Central Valley defeated Mt. Spokane at home in four games.
CV’s Bears (1-2) defeated the Wildcats (2-2) 25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16. Emily Sarff had 10 kills and Shannon Giusti 34 assists in pacing them to their initial league victory. … LC’s Tigers (4-0) quickly dispatched Rogers (0-3) at home 25-2, 25-12, 25-8 to remain undefeated. Chloe Rowand, Hillary Koenigs and Oceana Bush were statistical leaders. Three teams a game behind first are 3A squads East Valley, Shadle Park and University. … At Ferris (0-4), EV’s Knights (3-1) prevailed 25-15, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19. Allie Riggin had 14 kills, Kelsey Kurtz 31 assists and Kirsten Kelly 13 digs. … Shadle (3-1) swept Gonzaga Prep (1-2) at home 25-22, 25-12, 26-24. The Highlanders came back from a 19-8 deficit to win the final game. Nikki Urquhart had 14 kills, seven of them in the final game. Amy Before added 11 kills and Lindsay Niemeier had 35 assists. … U-Hi (3-1) came back against visiting North Central (0-4) 25-27, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22. The Indians rallied in the opening game with U-Hi serving for game point. Amy Hallett had 37 digs, Emilee Toft and Christine Mathison had 12 kills and three blocks each, and Chenise Pakootas added 12 kills for U-Hi.
Great Northern League : The rich got richer. Unbeaten Pullman (5-0) won at Medical Lake (1-4) 25-11, 25-15, 25-15. Katie Guettinger led Pullman with 12 assists and digs and two aces. … Colville (5-1) did the same at Deer Park (2-3) 25-19, 25-18, 25-11. Rachelle Main had 22 assists and Jennica Ebbel 19 kills for the winners. … Host West Valley (5-1) beat Riverside (2-3) 25-14, 24-26, 25-12, 25-15, paced by sisters Bailey and Alyssa Wold, who divided up 11 kills, 29 assists, four aces, 10 digs and two blocks. … Clarkston (2-4) won at home over Cheney (0-5). Kellie McCann Smith had 19 kills and as many digs for Clarkston, while Emily Leonard and Kenzee Burke combined were 46 for 46 serving.
Inland Empire League : Post Falls (1-7) took league leader Coeur d’Alene (8-0) to five games before losing a home 25-20, 23-25, 23-25, 25-9, 15-9. CdA Kamma Griffitts had 15 kills. … Sandpoint (8-1) also won on the road, 25-13, 25-12, 25-22 over Lake City (2-5). … In a non-leaguer, Lakeland beat Moscow 29-27, 25-23, 25-14 at home. Breezy Stecker had 19 assists and Alyana Watson 14 digs.
Intermountain League : Priest River (5-1) came back to defeat host Timberlake (1-4) 17-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-20 at Spirit Lake. Halee Edelblute led PR in assists and digs.
Great Northern League: Favorites Cheney and Colville boys and Deer Park and Cheney girls were victorious during two meets that pitted the best teams in league against each other. Cheney’s boys (2-0), tri-champions last year with Colville and West Valley, won 24-34 over WV (1-1) and 17-40 over Pullman at home. WV’s Justin Degenhardt was individual winner, timing 16 minutes, 6 seconds in a taut three-runner race. … At Bear Lake, Colville (2-0) beat Riverside (1-1) 24-31 and Deer Park (0-2) 16-45. Riverside’s Joey Nyberg was individual winner in 17:07, but Colville had four of the next five placers to secure the team win. … At Clarkston, Medical Lake (1-0) had four of the top five finishers, led by victor Jacob Morrison, in a 22-34 victory over the Bantams (0-1). … In girls competition, defending champion Cheney (2-0) nipped WV 25-30, despite a 1-2 finish by the Eagles. Cheney beat Pullman 17-44. WV’s Krystal Hughes won in 19:46 and teammate Rachel Rubright was second in 20:12. The host Blackhawks placed all five scorers ahead of the Eagles’ third runner for the win. … Deer Park had a 1-2 effort by sisters Chantel (20:17) and Jessica Duenich (20:46) and four of the top seven placers overall during 21-34 and 19-36 wins over Riverside (1-1) and Colville (0-2). Riverside nipped Colville 27-28. … Host Clarkston (1-0) placed its five scorers in the top six during a 19-41 win over Medical Lake (0-1). Clarkston’s Gabbi Stein was individual winner.
Inland Empire League : League unbeatens Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene (both 5-0-2) battled to a 1-1 tie. They play later this season. The Vikings scored first, on a goal by Whitney Wood near the end of the first half. McKenzie Obaitek of the host Bulldogs tied on an assist from Alisha Mertz in the 68th minute of the second half. … Post Falls, which only had one league win a year ago, earned its third with a 1-0 victory over visiting Lake City (3-1-4). Only 12 minutes remained when Tareyn White broke the shutout for the Trojans (3-5-0) on an assist by Kacie Shields. … Lewiston (1-7-0) recorded a 2-1 win at home against Moscow. Colleen Ames in the first half and Jamie Gates early in the second put the Bengals up 2-0.
Great Northern League : West Valley (6-0) and Pullman (5-0) remained unbeaten with shutout victories taking a two-match lead over three teams. DeeDee Garbe scored two goals and added four assists, while Kaley Way scored another hat trick to give her 10 for the year as WV rolled 9-0 at home against Clarkston. … Pullman, also at home, blanked Medical Lake (3-2) 4-0. Niina Al-Hassan scored twice and had an assist. Bailey Nash added a goal and assist. … Cheney (3-2) moved into a tie for third with a 6-0 win against visiting Colville. Kellie Zakrzewski had two goals and two assists and Molly McClure added a pair of scores. … Deer Park (3-2) beat Riverside at home, trailing early and breaking a 2-2 tie in the second half on Stevie Harris’ second goal with an assist from Nicole Ball. Harris returned the favor as Ball added insurance 6 minutes later.
Intermountain League: Ties were the order of the day as Timberlake and Bonners Ferry fought to a 0-0 standoff in Bonners Ferry. In St. Maries, the hosts and Kellogg knotted 1-1. Both goals were in the second half, with Jennifer Connerley scoring at 46 minutes for St. Maries and Ryder Ashcraft of Kellogg on a penalty kick at 63 minutes.
Inland Empire League: The league remained tight as the three leaders won by shutout, all at home. Sandpoint (8-1-0) blanked Coeur d’Alene (4-5) 5-0 as Tanner Williams had two second-half goals, one on an assist by Adam Crossingham. … Lake City (6-1-1) won 6-0 over Post Falls (0-7-1) with a team effort. Jimmy Williamson scored the winner just a minute into the match and assisted on two other goals. … Moscow (6-2-1) created early chances with possession play during a 9-0 win over Lewiston (0-7-1). Ahead 4-0 at intermission, Ian Engerbretsen scored twice in the second half and also had an assist.
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