Mountain Lion volleyball came to an end on All Hallows Eve at the district tournament in Omak, with a 3-0 loss to the Tonasket Tigers.
In control for most of the match, the Tigers took the opening set 10-25, then a 17-25 win and a closer 23-25 match clincher.
In a match that was not really in doubt, Liberty Bell Coach Beth Blank did find some bright spots, especially in senior Bailey Thomson’s play.
“Bailey finished out her Mountain Lion career with a perfect serving match and leading the team in kills,” the coach said. “We started out slowly and gained momentum as the match went on.”
Indeed, as in the third set the girls came back to tie the set at 23, only to have Tonasket close it out with the final two points.
For Thomson, Kailey Mitchell and Katelyn Evans as seniors, it is the end of their service. But they leave behind a core of now experienced players who look to raise Liberty Bell volleyball up several notches in the next couple of years.
“Our feeder program has had great years with good coaching and an expect-to-win culture taking hold,” said Blank. “Our JV had a solid, winning season, in spite of the fact that the varsity took away several players over the season.”
The JV was swept in the season series only by the top program in the 2Bs currently, Manson, and Tonasket. “Everybody else, we either split or dominated,” Blank said.