The volleyball team talks with coach Heather Hughes. (Empire Press photo/Jim Robinson)
By Jim Robinson
The Waterville/Mansfield girl’s volleyball team won its home opener Sept. 8 against Liberty Bell.
The Shockers defeated the Mountain Lions in a three set to two marathon with scores of 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16 and 15-8. It was the first Central Washington 2B League match for the team this season.
Coach Heather Hughes said the girls were really excited that they won their home opener. Rochelle Laney had the most kills and freshman Sarah Mullen had a great first time on varsity with four kills.
Hughes said that this year’s team will rely on athleticism, as this is not a tall team. The girls are playing well together and developing a team spirit that does not let small setbacks affect the team’s play.
On Sept. 6, the Waterville/Mansfield girls met Okanogan on the road in their first contest of the season.
In the non-conference match, the Bulldogs came out on top in three sets by a scores of 25-6, 25-15 and 25-11.
Waterville struggled against Okanogan’s strong defensive showing. Offensively, the Bulldogs’ outside hitters hit over .500, with Jordyn Boesel leading the way at .556. The Bulldogs’ offense also packed a punch: Emilee Beetchenow recorded nine aces on the night.
The Shockers faced Lake Roosevelt Sept. 13. They meet Tonasket at home Sept. 15 That will be a busy day for the school’s athletic teams with junior varsity and varsity volleyball, and a varsity football game.
Waterville High School will also have Spirit Day on Sept. 15 with the Mansfield athletes attending a scheduled pep rally.
— The World sports staff and other sources contributed to this story.