Auburn Riverside Wins Washington 4A Title Their First Year in Division

  0 Jana Eatman | January 06th, 2017 | High School, News

Six schools have won division titles in the Washington state championship volleyball tournament. Full brackets for each division and statistics for each school can be found here.

1B (< 90 students)

Oakesdale won their second consecutive 1B state championship on November 12th when they defeated Pomeroy in the finals for the second year in a row.

The Oakesdale Nighthawks took out the Pomeroy Pirates in three sets with scores of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-18.

Coach Brandy Brown came back this season after leading the Nighthawks to titles from 2011 to 2013. She took a break for two seasons to spend time with family, but returned when there was an opening at the beginning of the season.

2B (90 – 224 students)

The Kalama High School volleyball team won a five-set thriller over Mossyrock to capture their first state title. The close match had set scores of 23-25, 25-17, 25-15, 15-25, and 15-13.

The Chinooks (20-2) were down 12-13 in the deciding set, but charged over the Vikings with a 3-0 run to take the victory. Kalama has previously played in the state championship game twice, and has reached the semifinals seven times. This year, the Chinooks got to take home the gold.

Three seniors on Kalama’s roster made the All-Area First team: Parker Esary (M), Stephanie Paredes (DS/OH), and Kaelyn Shipley (M).

1A (225 – 471 students)

Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) defeated back-to-back reigning state champs Lynden Christian to claim the 1A state championship title. The four-set match ended with scores of 25-17, 26-24, 17-25, and 26-24.

The Lakeside Eagles took on the number one ranked Lyncs (20-1) with past match-ups having gone in their favor. The two teams had previously met at the state tournament three times, with the Eagles winning each time.

2A (472 – 990 students)

Tumwater finished their season undefeated by beating Woodland in straight sets on November 12th. The Thunderbirds (22-0) took their second championship win in three years with set scores of 25-22, 25-18, and 25-18.

Kennedy Croft (a Gonzaga commit) led Tumwater with a double-double 19 kills and 12 digs, plus three aces. Maddy Pilon had 41 assists and Savannah Sleasman added 10 kills.

Runner-up Woodland (16-6) will be saying goodbye to coach Jeff Nesbitt, who has coached high school volleyball for an astounding 31 years.

3A (991 – 1252 students)

Lakeside High School (Seattle) won their first volleyball state title over Mount Spokane in three sets at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The scores were 25-15, 25-15, and 25-19.

The Lions were led by senior Kallin Spiller, who had eight kills in just the first set (13 for the match). Spiller, who is quite the athlete, will play both volleyball and basketball at Seattle University after graduation.

Lakeside ended their season on a high note, with a 23-8 record. Seven of the 16 players on their roster will be graduating this Spring.

4A (1253+ students)

Auburn Riverside defeated Mead of Spokane to win the state championship, which is an especially exciting victory, considering this is Auburn’s first year in the 4A division.

The Ravens (34-2) made a name for themselves in their new division by beating the Mead Panthers in three games, with scores of 25-21, 25-13, and 25-18.

Junior Calley Heilborn earned a double-double, scoring 18 kills and 15 digs, in addition to MVP honors. Fellow junior, setter Ciera Zimmerman joined Heilborn on the all-tournament team

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