Lake Roosevelt volleyball ends 28-year drought; qualifies for the WIAA 2B state tournament
YAKIMA – The wait is finally over.
The Lake Roosevelt high school volleyball team put together one of the most memorable seasons in almost three decades as they qualified for the 2019 WIAA 2B state volleyball tournament at the Yakima Valley Sundome, Nov. 14-15.
“I can’t put it into words,” said Sidney Dick (Colville tribal member) of Lake Roosevelt. “Knowing that we made it here for the first time in 28 years. It’s crazy that we got to experience this my senior year.”
“This experience is going to be great for the future of our program,” said head coach Teri Sue Reed of Lake Roosevelt.
The Raiders entered the top half of the 16-team bracket matched up against a Kalama squad that placed sixth in the past two years at the 2B state tournament as well as winning the 2B state title in 2016.
Lake Roosevelt, as they’ve done many times this year, would get off to a great start, winning the first set 25-15.
After the first set, Kalama began to buckle down winning the next two sets (25-13 and 25-16) to go up 2-1.
The Chinooks would eventually go on to win a competitive fourth set (25-21) over Lake Roosevelt, knocking the Raiders to the consolation bracket and on the verge of elimination.
“Kalama has been here time and time again,” said Reed. “We hung with them. We played well against them. This is a big venue for our team. They’ve never seen this.”
Raiders fall to Chewelah 3-1 in state elimination match
YAKIMA – In the final moments of their second state match, Jozlyn Hansen, and her sister, Ellie Hansen, had one final moment in what would be their last time playing together.
As the final point bounced just inside the line near the back of the court, the Lake Roosevelt high school volleyball team began to hug each other.
Emotions of sadness overcame players as they fought back tears.
Chewelah won the fourth set 25-15 over Lake Roosevelt in the consolation bracket of the WIAA State 2B volleyball tournament on Thursday evening bringing an end to the Raiders’ season.
“This season was amazing,” said Reed. “I just told the girls in the locker room, ‘Hold your heads high. We made history.’ They have so much heart and soul, and they did their best. I’m super proud of these girls.”
For Megan Abel, Ellie Hansen, and Colville tribal members Scotti Adolph, Sidney Dick and Mikaylah Thompson (Colville tribal descendant) this would be their last time suiting up in Raiders uniforms.
“The seniors are all great leaders, born leaders,” Reed said. “They led the charge. They led this team. Next year will be very different, because my underclassmen are very quiet, very soft spoken. It will be an interesting change.”
For all five seniors along with wit the rest of the team, they reached their goal of ending their year in Yakima at the Sundome.
“I’m so thankful that I got this opportunity to play here,” said Abel, setter for Lake Roosevelt. “It’s been amazing. It’s been everything that we could have hoped for. It’s all I’ve played for since my freshman year. We’ve gotten so close, and we finally got to end our high school career here.”
For Hanson, getting to play with her sisters has been an experience she will never forget.
“That’s probably the best part of it all, to get to play with my sisters,” said Ellie Hansen. “We’ve come really far as a team. We had to go from a little to a lot. It’s been 28 years, so I’m really proud of my team. We went out fighting.”
After losing their first match to Kalama, Lake Roosevelt needed a win against Chewelah.
The Raiders would go on to win the first set in relatively easy fashion, (25-13).
Lake Roosevelt held a 5-4 lead early in the second set, looking to go up 2-0.
“We’ve talked about breaking the cycle of losing set two,” said Reed. “We know we do it, and we’re trying to stop losing those second sets.”
Chewelah didn’t want the Raiders to take command of the match as they would battle back, taking a 7-5 lead and expanding that to 19-12.
Lake Roosevelt would fight back to cut the lead to 23-19, but the Cougars would hold on for a 25-19 second set win.
“We come out hot, and we played great and then something happens mentally to my team,” said Reed. “We came close. We dug from behind in set two and came from behind and almost had it.”
Chewelah got off to a great start in the third set building an early 7-1 lead and expanding that to 18-7. The Cougars would eventually go on to win the third set 25-9, taking a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth set, Chewelah jumped out to an early 5-1 lead, but the Raiders would rally back, cutting the deficit to 9-8 and 14-12.
The Cougars kept inching closer to the finish line, holding leads of 17-13 and 19-14 before they would eventually win 25-15.
“I thought we were going to get that last game,” said Reed. “They went on a 6-0 point run and it got away from us. I think we were just as good as Chewelah, and this morning against Kalama, I think it was very even playing.”
“Our hearts were in it the whole season. We fought tooth and nail,” said Abel. “It didn’t end how we wanted it too, but I think were all satisfied.”
Thompson finished with a team high nine kills, five digs and three assists against Chewelah.
Tribal member Raven Clark finished with four digs and one kill against Chewelah. Tribal descendant Emma Marchand of Lake Roosevelt finished with five digs and tallied 12-of-13 on serves received.
Abel finished with 10 assists, nine digs, five kills and two blocks. Ellie Hansen finished with 11 digs and seven blocks with four kills and one assist in her final game as a Raider.
Lake Roosevelt ended the year with a 13-6 overall record, going 6-2 in Central Washington 2B League action.
Besides qualifying for the 2B state tournament, Lake Roosevelt placed third in the league and made it to the CWA 2B girls district tournament championship game, losing to Brewster (3-1).
“We fought to the end and we made history for our school,” said Reed. “We’re looking forward to next year. Were coming back next year. I’m going to miss my senior girls like crazy they’re all amazing.”
2019-20 Lake Roosevelt schedule
Sept. 5 Jamboree
Sept. 7 @ Ephrata Invite
Sept. 12 Manson L 1-3
Sept. 19 Waterville-Mansfield W 3-1
Sept. 24 Tonasket* W 3-0
Sept. 26 Soap Lake W 3-0
Sat, Sep 28 @ Quincy Invitational Volleyball Tournament
Oct. 1 Liberty Bell L 2-3
Oct. 3 Bridgeport W 3-0
Oct. 10 Oroville W 3-0
Oct. 12 Wilbur-Creston W 3-2
Oct. 15 Manson* W 3-2
Oct. 17 Brewster* L 0-3
Oct. 19 Waterville-Mansfield* W 3-2
Oct 24 Tonasket W 3-0
Oct. 29 Soap Lake* W 3-0
2B District Tournament at Higher Seed
Nov. 2 Tonasket W 3-0
Nov. 2 Liberty Bell W 3-0
Nov. 5 Brewster L 3-1
2B District 5/6 crossover state play in match at Wenatchee High School
Nov. 7 Mabton W 3-0
WIAA 2B State Tournament at SunDome, Yakima
Nov. 14 Kalama L 1-3
Nov. 14 Chewelah L 1-3