The Dalles volleyball player Jodi Thomasian hits a kill shot during play at Kurtz Gym. Tuesday against Pendleton, the Hawks came away with a five-set win. Ray Rodriguez photo
As of Wednesday, September 21, 2016
After a tough weekend at the Lakeridge Tournament on Saturday, The Dalles head coach Neticia Fanene and her Riverhawk volleyball players knew there were some areas that needed to be fixed in order to be competitive in the Columbia River Conference.
“We decided that we wanted to be better and work on some things with each other and become better teammates,” Fanene said. “This really showed through tonight in this match. We played a great defensive game and we really tried to serve Pendleton tough.”
In addition to 13 aces as a team, Jodi Thomasian and Bailey LeBreton combined for 18 kills and 10 blocks, Kilee Hoylman added 21 digs and Hannah Wallis dished up a season-high 35 assists to lead The Dalles to a five-set win over Pendleton Tuesday night at Kurtz Gym.
Both teams flip-flop wins and losses through the first four games, with Pendleton striking first for a 25-20 victory in the opening set.
The Dalles bounced back to take a 26-24 win in the second set, but Pendleton regained control with a 25-23 third-set triumph to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Looking to keep from going into a 0-2 hole in league action, the Lady Riverhawks responded in the fourth set for a 25-19 tally to set up a fifth-set tiebreaker.
From beginning to end, TD had seized control and slammed the door shut by a 15-8 margin for the fifth-set winner.
“The girls played like a whole new team tonight,” Fanene said. “We earned every single point. It was great for us to experience a five game match and play well from start to finish.”
Thomasian added six aces and 19 digs to her eight kills and 4.5 blocks, and LeBreton tacked on 10 kills and 5.5 blocks.
Sierra Watson was good for 12 digs, four kills and four aces, Kathryn Bradford added 14 digs and 11 kills, Lindsi Logue followed up with five digs and three assists and Kayla Seibel had eight kills, an assist and a block assist.
Fanene applauded the offensive and defensive spread, as six different players had kills and eight players notched digs, four in double digits.
“Each game and each win, we gain a bit more confidence,” Fanene said. “The girls really fought hard for this one. I could really tell they wanted this win and they kept patient until the opportunity came to them.”
Over the next two weeks, the Riverhawks will take their talents on the road with three league matches and a tournament.
It is a golden opportunity to further bolster their place in the league standings and 5A rankings.
“It’s exciting to watch the progress of this team. Each game they are playing stronger and more consistent,” Fanene said. “We know our work is far from over. We will celebrate our win tonight and get ready for the next match in front of us.”
The Dalles (2-5 overall, 1-1 league) next hits the road to take on No. 2-ranked Hood River Valley (12-1, 2-0) for a CRC league match at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.