Shocker volleyball teams overtake Tonasket

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield volleyball teams took on the Tonasket Tigers at home on Oct. 2.

The junior varsity won their match in two of three sets, 25-15, 25-27, 15-9.

JV coach Jackie Finkbeiner said, “We had a few players ineligible to play last night, but the other girls stepped up to the task and played well. They all did a good job.”

The Shocker varsity girls won their match 3-1. They lost to the Tigers, 21-25, in the first set which was a very close. Waterville/Mansfield then stepped up the momentum and captured the second, third and fourth sets, 25-17, 25-12, 25-21.

Highlights from the varsity game were McKenna Gurnard with 5 ace serves, 5 kills, 10 digs; Sarah Mullen, 3 kills, 10 digs, 27 assists; Claire Ashley, 9 digs; and Codee Reid, 1 ace serve, 7 kills, 7 digs.

Meredith Mittelstaedt had 3 ace serves, 1 kill, 6 digs; Ariana Salcido, 3 ace serves, 8 kills, 1 dig; and Elizabeth Katovich, 2 ace serves, 2 kills, 8 digs.

“We had to play without Ali Mires or Alex Poppie,” said head coach Melissa Flaget. “They are out due to head injuries they sustained at our Quincy tournament this (past) weekend.”

Flaget went on to say, “The seven girls who played last night played with a lot of heart. We have several girls who are playing in positions that they normally do not play at. This can affect your offense and your defense. Overall they did a great job. I think the fans would agree that it was a fun game to watch. The girls didn’t put their heads down after losing the first game. Instead they dug in deep and worked hard to win the rest of the games.”

The Shockers traveled to Soap Lake on Oct. 4, losing 0-3.

They faced Liberty Bell at home on Oct. 9 and are on the road for a match with Bridgeport Oct. 11.