Seniors honored at final home volleyball match

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Varsity players Justine Clements, Alex Poppie and Ali Mires are up against Soap Lake Oct. 17 in the final home match of the season. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

Waterville/Mansfield hosted Soap Lake Oct. 17 for the last home volleyball match of the year and senior night.

The varsity team took a 3-2 loss to the Eagles with set scores 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 11-15. The match was a reversal from Waterville/Mansfield’s Sept. 21 match with Soap Lake when the Shockers won 3-2.

The varsity team played hard and all five sets were close all the way.

“Sarah Mullen was still out with her sprained ankle,” said coach Melissa Flaget. “Justine had 22 assists. Alex Poppie, Ali Mires and Justine Clements each had 4 ace serves. Ali Mires had 9 kills. Codee Fry had 6 kills. Mires was solid for us on defense. She had over 15 digs during this long match. Our serving was not up to par tonight, we had 14 serving errors.”

The junior varsity won all three sets of their match with scores 25-7, 25-20, 25-17. In the last set, the final point came when Elizabeth Katovich served a game-winning ace.

Shocker junior varsity players Jordan Adams, Brooke Simmons and Eliana Silva. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

JV coach Jill Moomaw has been coaching for 16 years. She was the head coach until this year when she decided to take on the JV team.

“This JV team is a group of very athletic girls. They have had a large improvement in the dynamics of the game in both offense and defense. These girls have a good future in volleyball and I hope they are able to attend volleyball camps. There is a lot of good experience gained at those camps,” Moomaw said.

Three senior players were honored at the match.

Alyssa Hansen has played volleyball for four years. After graduation, she plans on further schooling to become a radiology technician. She was joined on the court by her parents, Brandon and Amber Zones.

This was the first year of volleyball for Brooke Simmons. After graduating, she plans to attend Central Washington School of Dental Assisting. She was joined by her dad, Jason Simmons.

Justine Clements has played volleyball for four years. Following graduation, her plans are to attend Eastern Washington University. She was joined by her parents, Chad and Jacque Clements.