Big week for Colville volleyball

Indians face WV, Reardan & ColfaxColville High had no problem dispatching a relatively weak Cheney High volleyball team in the Indians’ first Great Northern League match-up since returning to the 2A league.Colville eased past the Blackhawks, 25-8, 25-11, 25-19 behind Joellee Buckner’s 11 kills and seven ace serves. Setter Leanna Carr added 28 assists and Carr and Sadie Learn both had five digs.It was the only action of the week for the Indians, who visited Deer Park on Tuesday and will return home Thursday against West Valley (7 p.m.). Colville will travel to Colfax on Saturday for an intriguing Tri-match-up with defending State 2B champion Reardan and defending 2B runner-up, Colfax.Colville is the defending State 1A champion.CHS head coach Missy Bennett says both matches with Deer Park and West Valley are important because they are GNL matches. But it’s the trip to the Palouse against Colfax and Reardan that has a significant amount of her attention—and interest.A big week“We will have our work cut out for us on Saturday,” Bennett said. “Reardan (a team that Colville beat easily in their season-opening Jamboree) and Colfax are both playing very well and have talented teams.”Colfax is coming off an impressive RECAPBennett was pleased with the way her team took care of business in the first two games against visiting Cheney last Thursday. But whether it was boredom or a lack of focus (or both), the Indians drew a little ire from Bennett after a lackluster third game.“We did fine,” Bennett said. “But I wasn’t very happy in that third game. We lost intensity at the end of the match. We can’t do that…I don’t want to waste a practice or a match. ELSEWHEREIn key matches last week involving GNL teams, East Valley downed West Valley 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 and Pullman downed Clarkston, 25-21, 25-20, 27-25.