The roll continues for Colville volleyball
Two teams expected to give Colville High a run for the Northeast A League volleyball title this fall are on the Indians’ schedule this week. CHS, with NEA wins over Newport and Riverside last week to get the league season underway, will host Lakeside High on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) and travel to Freeman on Thursday (6:30 p.m.) in key NEA battles. Colville will travel to Chewelah next Tuesday (6:30 p.m. start). Colville is the favorite to win a second straight NEA championship this fall. CHS head coach Missy Bennett, who watched her veteran team ease past Shadle Park, Newport, Riverside, Lakeland and Post Falls in a busy week last week, knows that the Indians will be up against two formidable Class A programs in Freeman and Lakeside this week. Freeman could be a stern test for Colville “They are both unbeaten,” Bennett said. “And I think they are both pretty good. I know that Freeman is playing very well. “Both of those teams return most of their players from last season. We are looking forward to a good week of stiff competition. We played very well last week and we have some challenges this week that I’m sure the we’ll be ready for.” RECAP Colville was pretty much impressive across the board last week in beating some big schools soundly. In a non-league encounter with perennial Class 4A Greater Spokane League power Shadle Park at home last Monday, Colville won 25-20, 25-15, 25-19. Colville set a serving tone in that match that would persist all week long. Leanna Carr and Joellee Buckner led the team with six ace serves apiece. “We served quite tough in that match,” Bennett said. “Shadle Park had trouble with our serve/receive.” Offensively, junior Jessie Glidewell turned in her best hitting match (eight kills). Junior Jacy Vining led with 10 kills. In a 25-9, 25-17, 25-22 win at Newport last Tuesday to open NEA play, the Indians were playing a team that lost heavily off last year’s state tournament team. Buckner, Ashley Knight and Sadie Learn led Colville with five ace serves apiece. Senior Erin Little had a season-high five blocks. Bennett also was pleased with the play of Lexi Lehman. “There was one ball in that match that she just crushed,” Bennett said of Lehman. “It was pretty cool.” Bennett likes the way that Carr is distributing the ball. “She is doing a very good job of getting everybody involved,” Bennett said of her setter. “”I was very pleased with our attack game.” In a win at home last Thursday over Riverside, Bennett said her team played close to flawless volleyball. That’s saying something—Bennett normally doesn’t use monikers like “flawless.” CHS won 25-2, 25-7, 25-15. At one point in the first game, Vining served 17 straight points and had 11 aces (one short of a school record) in the match. “We were just on fire,” Bennett said. “I was really pleased with our focus.” Bennett quipped that as good as her team was, the serving wasn’t quite as good as it could have been in the third game “or they would have gotten their pizza.” Urhausen has solid week passing Senior Libero Tasji Urhausen passed well in the Riverside match, according to her coach. “In fact, Tasji had a great week of passing,” Bennett said. On Saturday, Colville stepped out of NEA play for a three-way non-league match-up with Lakeland and Post Falls of the Inland Empire League. The matches were played at Lakeland High School. Colville downed Lakeland 25-11, 25-11, 25-16 and beat Inland Empire 5A League favorite Post Falls, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15. Like the last match with Post Falls, earlier this month for the Lakeland Invitational championship, Colville was tested. “That was as hard as we had to play all week,” Bennett said, adding that the Indians won with something less than their best. “We didn’t play great, but we played well enough and we were able to come back.” In game one, Colville was down 9-2 before Knight and Carr helped serve the Indians back into it. “After that, we were able to find a groove on offense and do what we needed to do,” Bennett said. In the second game, Colville was down 18-8 before coming back for the win. “We just stayed calm and started passing and hitting better…we looked across the net and Post Falls blinked,” Bennett said. Vining had nine kills and Carr added five more. Buckner had 11 digs and Little recorded five blocks against PF’s big, but inexperienced front line.