Oroville falls in district volleyball opener

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Oroville’s Rachelle Nutt lunges after a White Swan hit during Thursday’s district tournament match.

WHITE SWAN – Oroville’s volleyball team played one of its best matches of the season Thursday, Nov. 7, in White Swan, but it wasn’t enough.

The bigger, stronger, more experienced Cougars swept Oroville 25-19, 25-22, 25-20, but the Hornets didn’t make it easy.

The Hornets only led briefly early in the first two sets, but the Cougars were never able to get comfortable in any of the three games. Oroville, which didn’t have the firepower of White Swan’s front line hitters, nonetheless played a patient game, kept the ball in play and forced the Cougars into a number of errors that kept it close.

White Swan, a state tournament qualifier last season, is riding a late-season surge that saw them hand Kittitas its only loss of the season thus far as well as knocking perennial state team Riverside Christian out of contention in the last two weeks alone.

White Swan plays Liberty Bell in a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The Hornets finish their best season in more than 15 years at 8-8.

We’ll have more in next week’s print edition.

About Brent Baker

Brent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. 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 started work at the G-T in 2011.

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