YAKIMA, Wash. – Colville tribal member Kayla Tonasket of the Republic High School girls Varsity volleyball team didn’t leave this year’s state tournament empty-handed.

She was able to celebrate getting to state with her teammates and was also awarded the WIAA Sportsmanship Award. Tonasket was presented with a medal after Republic’s match against Pomeroy in the WIAA 1B State Volleyball tournament at the Sundome in Yakima on Friday (Nov. 12) morning.

“Well, to be honest, I didn’t even know I had won it at first, “ she said. “I didn’t really hear my name.”

The Lady Tigers went 2-2 at the state tournament, beating Wilson Creek 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-16) in their first match, but would lose to Odessa 1-3 (15-25, 21-25, 25-19, 8-25) in their second match to knock them out of the main draw.

Republic beat Waterville-Mansfield 3-1 (25-21, 25-12, 24-26, 25-15) in their third match and would fall to Pomeroy in straight sets (21-25, 17-25, 20-25) in a loser-out, winner advance situation, ending their season.

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