The roll continues for Colville volleyball
The Indians are all smiles after Shadle Park win.
Two teams expected to give Colville High a run for the Northeast A League volleyball title this fall are on the Indiansâ€™ 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 â€śThey are both unbeaten,â€ť Bennett said. â€śAnd I think they are both pretty good. I know that Freeman is playing very well. â€śBoth 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 Iâ€™m sure the weâ€™ll be ready for.â€ť 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. â€śWe served quite tough in that match,â€ť Bennett said. â€śShadle Park had trouble with our serve/receive.â€ť 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 yearâ€™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. â€śThere was one ball in that match that she just crushed,â€ť Bennett said of Lehman. â€śIt was pretty cool.â€ť Bennett likes the way that Carr is distributing the ball. â€śShe is doing a very good job of getting everybody involved,â€ť Bennett said of her setter. â€śâ€ťI was very pleased with our attack game.â€ť In a win at home last Thursday over Riverside, Bennett said her team played close to flawless volleyball. Thatâ€™s saying somethingâ€”Bennett normally doesnâ€™t use monikers like â€śflawless.â€ť 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. â€śWe were just on fire,â€ť Bennett said. â€śI was really pleased with our focus.â€ť Bennett quipped that as good as her team was, the serving wasnâ€™t quite as good as it could have been in the third game â€śor they would have gotten their pizza.â€ť Urhausen has solid week passing Senior Libero Tasji Urhausen passed well in the Riverside match, according to her coach. â€śIn fact, Tasji had a great week of passing,â€ť 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. â€śThat was as hard as we had to play all week,â€ť Bennett said, adding that the Indians won with something less than their best. â€śWe didnâ€™t play great, but we played well enough and we were able to come back.â€ť In game one, Colville was down 9-2 before Knight and Carr helped serve the Indians back into it. â€śAfter that, we were able to find a groove on offense and do what we needed to do,â€ť Bennett said. In the second game, Colville was down 18-8 before coming back for the win. â€śWe just stayed calm and started passing and hitting betterâ€¦we looked across the net and Post Falls blinked,â€ť Bennett said. Vining had nine kills and Carr added five more. Buckner had 11 digs and Little recorded five blocks against PFâ€™s big, but inexperienced front line.
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