Tigers volleyball lost first two games

LEAVENWORTH – The Tonasket volleyball team finished their first week of play with a loss to Cascade last week after losing to Oroville earlier in the week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Tigers lost to Oroville 18-15, 23-25, 25-17 and 22-25. Jayden Hawkins served 14 of 14, Falisha Laurie served 11 of 13 and had three aces, Amber Kilpatrick served 12 of 15 with four aces, Taylor Ayers served 12 of 15 with four aces and April Webber served seven of seven with four kills.

“First match jitters found us a little unorganized,” Nellie Kirk, head coach, said. “The girls are really working hard to make up for lack of experience this year. It may take us a few matches but they will play better than this first match showed. The Oroville girls showed a lot of enthusiasm for the match which kept us off balance a little.”

The C-Squad team also lost to Oroville 17-15, 15-25 and 16-25 while the junior varsity team beat Oroville 25-14, 25-22 and 25-19.

On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Tigers lost to Cascade 19-25, 11-25 and 7-25. Webber served 10 of 10 while Laurie served six of six.

“The stats did not show many great plays, but the girls did play more organized,” Kirk said. “Our transition and positioning on the court was better and allowed us to show more volleyball skills. The Cascade girls were very good and made serve receive and defense very difficult. We will be working on returning serves and getting our offense to be more aggressive. We also need our serves to be more on target.”

The C-Squad team lost 14-25, 13-25 and 14-25 while the JV team lost 16-25, 15-25 and 17-25.

As of press time, the Tigers (0-1, 0-2) had not yet played Brewster at home on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Their next game is tonight at 7 p.m. away against Lake Roosevelt. The team will have another home match on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. against Chelan.