Indians dominate Lakeland Invite
Colville Highâ€™s defending 1A volleyball champions dominated last Saturdayâ€™s high-powered Lakeland Invitational (Rathdrum, Idaho) volleyball tournament. It was Colvilleâ€™s second straight Lakeland Invitational title.
The Indians, who ran roughshod over their own Jamboree back on Sept. 4 to start the season, won the Gold division (highest level) of the tournament. Colville, who beat Lakeside 25-13, 25-5 and Lewiston 25-17, 25-16 in pool play, downed St. Maries 25-13, 25-12 in the first round of Gold Division play before beating Lake City (Coeur dâ€™ Alene) 25-21, 25-17 in the title match-up.
In the Silver Division title match-up, Lewiston beat Reardan, a participant in last Tuesdayâ€™s Colville Jamboree and the defending State 2B volleyball champions, 25-17, 25-22.
Cheney gets bronze
In the Bronze Division, fellow Great Northern League rival Cheney beat Kamiah 25-21, 25-9 in the championship match.
CHS head coach Missy Bennett was pleased with her teamâ€™s play at both Lakeland and at home on Sept. 4.
â€śI gave them a (grade of) nine (out of 10 for their performance), only because I donâ€™t give out 10â€™s this early in the season,â€ť Bennett said of the veteran Indiansâ€™ performance in Idaho. But we played very well there and we played a little better in the jamboree. Our field there was much stronger this year.â€ť
In the field at the Colville Jamboree were Deer Park, Mt. Sentinel (South Slocan, B.C.) and Reardan.
Colville downed fellow GNL member Deer Park 25-10, 25-5 and blasted the Canadians 25-6, 25-13 before easing past another very good Reardan team, 25-5, 25-11.
â€śWe played very well against Reardan,â€ť Bennett said. â€śWe were ready to play somebody besides ourselves (in practice). We were primed for Reardan.
â€śIt was just a well-rounded, well-balanced effort (at the Jamboree)â€¦a really great team effort.â€ť
This Indiansâ€™ volleyball team has (arguably) more firepower than any Colville volleyball team ever has. It was on impressive display last week.
In those three Jamboree matches, Colville had 77 kills. The team accumulated 30 ace serves (yes, for you math majors out there, thatâ€™s a whopping 10 a match).
â€śServing is a huge part of our success and we served very well,â€ť Bennett said, adding that â€śour attack and strong serving led to a lot of offense. That tended to shut down the other teamâ€™s options.â€ť
At Lakeland, it was more firepower and solid serving on display. Leanna Carr (Benchwarmerâ€™s Athlete of the Week), Sadie Learn, Joellee and Aubrey Buckner, Jacy Vining and Tyra Brons all had runs of 10 serves or more.
â€śThatâ€™s pretty amazing in rally scoring,â€ť Bennett pointed out.
Serve Receive solid
â€śFor the early season, we were very sharp. And we did a very good job of passing serve. The serve receive was really strongâ€¦it means we passed serve really well.â€ť
Colville will host Cheney on Thursday at 7 p.m.