By Mike Maltais
A day after the White Swan High School football team derailed Liberty Bell High School’s bid for a state football playoff berth, the Cougar girls’ volleyball team delivered a similar fate to the Lady Lions in the bi-district 5/6 playoffs at Ephrata Saturday (Nov. 9).
Following a three-game shutout of the Oroville Hornets on Thursday (Nov. 7), the Cougars turned their strong and experienced roster loose on Liberty Bell in a loser-out contest that advanced eventual third-place winner White Swan to state.
In other Saturday action at Ephrata, the Kittitas Coyotes turned back the Bridgeport Fillies in three straight games in the championship round to capture the bi-district trophy.
The Lady Lions ended a winning season with a 6-2 record in league play and 11-5 overall.
In the course of their march to the district playoffs the Lady Lions, with a varsity roster of 11 players, registered wins over Waterville, Manson, Oroville, Bridgeport, Entiat and Lake Roosevelt.
The team will lose three valuable seniors to graduation next year. They include libero and outside hitter Katherine Tannehill, outside hitter Taylor Curtiss, and setter Dana Anderson.
As a junior last year, Curtiss was voted Most Valuable Player and an All-League First Team outside hitter by the league coaches.
The Lady Lions’ team roster also includes juniors Baylee Canedo, Torie Weber, Ashley Watson, Whitney Fox, Sarina Williams and Kuirstin Pilkinton, sophomore Erin Frey, and freshman Erin Schuh.
Canedo, Williams and Watson were also All-League selections last season.
4 Lady Lions tapped for volleyball All-League
The All-League selections have been announced for the Central Washington B League North varsity girls’ volleyball teams and four players from the Liberty Bell High School varsity volleyball team are on the list.
Coach Tim Boonstra said that junior middle hitter Sarina Williams was voted Most Valuable Player by league coaches and was also named to the All-League First Team.
Senior outside hitter Taylor Curtiss was voted to the All-League First Team for the second straight year.
Junior middle hitter Whitney Fox got the nod for All-League Second Team.
Junior setter Ashley Watson, who gave opponents fits with her line drive serves, was an Honorable Mention selection.