Lake Roosevelt limbs to second place in the CWA 2B League standings with four games remaining in the regular season
COULEE DAM – Last November, Manson dealt the Lake Roosevelt high school volleyball team a season-ending loss in the District 5/6 2B Tournament.
Manson beat the Lady Raiders in five sets and would earn a trip to last year’s Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) 2B State Volleyball Tournament in the process.
It is safe to say Lake Roosevelt Coach Teri Sue Reed was quick to remind her girls in the days before their upcoming match against Manson approached.
“We’ve worked all week for this game,” said Reed. “This is the team that knocked us out to go to state, so this was meaningful to us.”
After winning the first two sets, Lake Roosevelt would lose the next two, pushing the match to a decisive fifth set.
Manson jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the fifth set, but the Lady Raiders kept fighting and rallied to win the next seven points, taking an 8-4 lead.
“It was really hectic. I felt so much adrenaline,” said Sidney Dick (Colville tribal member).
Manson continued to chip away at the lead, cutting the deficit to 11-9.
When it was her turn to serve Mikaylah Thomspson (Colville tribal descendant) had to a chance to serve out the set.
Staying cool and calm, Thompson would go on to garner four points on her serve, helping the Lady Raiders to a 15-9 win in the fifth set and giving Lake Roosevelt a victory over Manson on Tuesday night in Central Washington 2B League action.
“This is huge,” said Reed. “This is huge. We have lost to them seven times since I’ve been coaching. To come from behind and win is just a testament of what there doing on the court. I’m so proud of them.”
With the win, Lake Roosevelt continues to climb up the Central Washington 2B League standings as they are currently 4-1 in league play and 7-2 overall.
“I’m so glad that we finally beat them,” said Dick.
The Lady Raiders are tied with Liberty Bell for second place in the CWA 2B and will be up against the top team in the league in a matter of days.
“We have Brewster on Thursday. It is a huge game, and it’s in Brewster,” said Reed.
The Lady Raiders from the beginning of the first set brought a fire that Manson was unable to match.
Lake Roosevelt won the first two sets (25-18, 25-15) and it appeared they might win in straight sets.
After a short intermission, Manson would regain their wits and regroup as they ground out a 25-19 win in the third set and a 25-20 win in the fourth set.
“They got a little comfortable, which they tend to do,” said Reed. “When we win, they start to get a little sloppy.”
Lake Roosevelt was about to squander a two-set lead as they would be tested by Manson but would ultimately prevail for the win.
“We’re getting better every week, it’s awesome,” said Reed.
1 2 3 4 5 Final
Manson 18 – 15 – 25 – 25 – 9 2
Lake Roosevelt 25 – 25 – 19 – 20 – 15 3