Hornets snap long streak with volleyball win

OROVILLE – Four years of frustration came to an end for the Oroville volleyball team as the Hornets swept past Manson in three sets on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The victory snapped a 45-game losing streak in best-of-five matches dating to Oct. 20, 2009, as well as a 32-game streak in league play.

Oroville coach Stacey Hinze said that she and assistant coach Wendi Valliant were proud of a team that persisted through the loss of two starters.

“They played as a team… and truly deserved this win,” Hinze said. “They ahve been working hard to pull together after injuries have taken out a few players.”

Setter Brittany Jewett and outside hitter Sammie Walimaki are out due to injury.

“This was a huge adjustment for everyone,” Hinze said. “But they still managed to step up their games and win despite these setbacks.”

Nadia Maldonado let the team in digs, Rachelle Nutt and Bridget Clark led in kills and Cassie Orlando and Andrea Perez stepped as setters.

The Hornets (1-14, 1-6 Central Washington League) host Liberty Bell on Monday night for Senior Night to close out the season.

Stats: Nadia Maldonado 17 digs; Rachelle Nutt 4 kills; Bridget Clark 4 kills; Marissa Garcia 2 kills; Whitney Rounds 2 kills.

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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