Tribal member Mia Pakootas and Lakeside knock off Freeman for third place at 1A state tournament; Eagles finish 20-2 on the year
YAKIMA – Lakeside’s run for a state title came up short, but the Eagles didn’t leave the Yakima Valley Sundome empty handed.
The Eagles finished third at this year’s WIAA 1A state tournament, making this the eighth straight year of qualifying for the end of the year tournament.
“It’s been an incredible year for us,” said Kara Moffatt, head coach for Lakeside.
After beating Goldendale 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-20) in the first round of the state tournament, Lakeside outlasted Nooksack Valley in a five-set thriller 3-2 (26-24, 25-27, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11) in the quarterfinals.
For the second straight year, Lakeside beat Nooksack Valley in the 1A state tournament.
The Eagles, one of four teams remaining for a state title, would be up against King’s in the semifinals, a team that beat them in the first round of last year’s state tournament.
King’s raced out to an early 4-1 lead in the opening set but the Eagles battled back, taking a 17-14 lead.
King’s would buckle down after that, going on a 6-point run to take a 20-17 advantage and would later win the set 25-18.
In the second set both schools went back-and-forth with ties of (6-6, 8-8, 9-9, 11-11, and 15-15) before King’s slowly started to pull away.
King’s needed only two points from the winning second set as they held a 23-17 lead, but Lakeside started to chip away, eventually cutting the lead to 24-22. The Eagles would get no closer than that as King’s would hold on for a 25-22 win, taking a 2-0 lead.
After trailing for most of the third set, Lakeside took their first lead at 18-17 and expanded that to 21-18 and 22-19.
King’s wouldn’t go away as they kept grinding and would take a 23-22 lead late in the set.
Lakeside would rally back to take a 25-24 lead, but King’s would go on to escape with a 27-25 win, ending the Eagles hopes of a state title.
“That was a rough match,” said Hannah Stires of Lakeside.
After losing in the semifinals, Lakeside had to quickly regroup and play for third place.
This would mark the fifth time this season, Freeman and Lakeside would square off.
Lakeside lost the first set but would go on to win the next three, winning 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-23) over their rivals and bringing home third place to end their season.
“It was just an awesome season,” said Moffatt. “Our goal was to be in the top three at state. We accomplished our goal.”
Lakeside graduates five seniors in Mia Pakootas (Colville tribal member), Hannah Stires, Brielle Johnson, Malie Coleman and Calli Graham.
During her time at Lakeside, Pakootas helped the Eagles to an eighth place finish her junior year and a third place finish her senior year.
“I love Mia. She’s so awesome,” said Moffatt. “We can count on her in key moments. She’s just been an incredible force for us all season long.”
“My favorite thing to do was set Mia,” said Stires. “It makes me so happy to see her hit it straight down.”
Lakeside ended the year with an 18-2 overall record, going 12-0 in the Northeast 1A League.
2019-20 Lakeside (9 Mile) Varsity Volleyball Schedule
Sept. 5 Blackhawk Volleyball Jamboree
Sept. 12 Medical Lake* Won 3-0
Sept. 14 Sundome Tournament
Sept. 17 Riverside* Won 3-0
Sept. 20 Deer Park* Won 3-0
Sept. 24 Freeman* Won 3-0
Sept. 27 Linda Sheridan Invite
Sept. 28 Linda Sheridan Invite
Oct. 1 Newport* Won 3-0
Oct. 3 Colville* Won 3-0
Oct. 8 Medical Lake* Won 3-0
Oct. 10 Riverside* Won 3-0
Oct. 15 Deer Park* Won 3-1
Oct. 17 Freeman* Won 3-2
Oct. 24 Newport* Won 3-0
Oct. 26 Cascade Won 3-0
Oct. 26 Chelan Lost 3-0
Oct. 29 Colville* Won 3-0
Northeast 1A District Volleyball Tournament
Nov. 6 Riverside Won 3-0
Nov. 9 Freeman Won 3-0
WIAA 1A State Volleyball Tournament at SunDome, Yakima
Nov. 15 Goldendale Won 3-0
Nov. 15 Nooksack Valley Won 3-2
Nov. 16 Kings Lost 3-0
Nov. 16 Freeman Won 3-1