YAKIMA — After losing to Castle Rock Saturday for a shot at the state championship, the Cascade volleyball team faced King’s Way Christian knowing that fourth place wasn’t an option.
Cascade swept King’s Way Christian to finish the season 17-3 and in third place at the 1A state volleyball tournament at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
“We were in the locker room and I told them, ‘Forget about the Castle Rock match. It’s all King’s Way from here on. Focus on the third place trophy.’ And we came out with our heads held high and ready for the next match,” McMahon said.
Sydney Coffin went 11-for-11 serving in the final match, a 25-15, 25-16, 25-21 victory. Setters Johnna Rieke and Sierra Guthrie combined for 25 assists. Eliana Ala’ilima-Daley made 15 kills and Arielle Turner made 13 kills.
The Kodiaks went into the match with top-ranked Castle Rock knowing they needed to play their ‘A’ game. Despite an excellent effort by libero Kaycee O’Brien, who had 28 digs, the team made defensive errors after its first set win and lost 16-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-16. Cascade watched film and knew its “Cascade volleyball” style would prevail against King’s Way.
“Yeah, we wanted that championship match,” McMahon said. “We’re happy with the third place trophy and the whole team, all of them, can stamp their name on it.”
In Yakima, Pateros took seventh place, finishing the 1B tournament with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-21 win over Sunnyside Christian on Saturday.
The Nannies beat Mt. Vernon Christian 25-15, 25-22, 25-22 earlier in the day to advance.