PASCO — Eastmont volleyball coach Leon Grant expected his team’s match with Pasco on Tuesday to be fairly close, so he was pleasantly surprised to see the Wildcats pick up an easy Big Nine 3A victory.
The Wildcats (4-7) beat the Bulldogs 25-13, 25-14, 25-17 behind Haley Niesz’s 11 kills and 17 digs.
“I expected it to be tougher than it was,” Grant said. “But we stuck to what we could do, and we did it well. I think it was one of our better matches. We were in control most of the time.”
Grant told his players to not let up after posting a decisive victory in the first game of the match.
“I was hoping we weren’t too overconfident,” he said. “I wanted to make sure we were focused, because if we weren’t, we could’ve lost. We weren’t a superior team, but we played well and kept the pressure on.”
Kaya Knaggs had 28 assists for the Wildcats, while Cassidy Brewer had 16 kills, two aces and two blocks. Hannah Norval had seven kills, one ace and two blocks.
“I think we were getting good sets to our hitters,” Grant said. “We had quite a few kills in the match.”
East Valley d. Quincy 25-21, 25-14, 25-15
At Quincy, the Jackrabbits lost in straight sets despite seven kills from Devyn Hinkins, 11 assists from Janna Hodges and 15 digs from Madison Petersen.
Cascade d. Omak 25-11, 25-19, 25-10
At Leavenworth, the Kodiaks received nine kills each from Audra Nicol and Ashley Turner and beat Omak in three sets. Dakota Rieke added 17 assists and two aces for Cascade.
Liberty Bell d. Bridgeport 27-25, 25-19, 25-10
At Bridgeport, Liberty Bell won in straight sets despite Alex Martinez’s three kills and Ana Soto’s three aces for the Mustangs.
Brewster d. Waterville 25-23, 25-19, 25-6
At Waterville, Amanda Youngers had 11 kills and four blocks for Brewster in the sweep, while Alyssa Moomaw made 10 assists and three kills for the Shockers.
Manson d. Oroville 25-20, 25-14, 25-14
At Manson, the Trojans notched 18 service aces in the straight-set win over the Hornets.
Eastmont 5, Kennewick 0
At Kennewick, the Wildcats outshot Kennewick 35-0 and Olivia Rodgers scored twice in the win.
Eisenhower 2, Wenatchee 0
At Wenatchee, the Panthers took 18 shots to the Cadets’ four, but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net while Eisenhower’s Briana Mares scored twice in the second half.
Ellensburg 6, Quincy 0
At Ellensburg, Quincy took six shots but was unable to net a goal in a loss to the Bulldogs.