Big Bend no match for undefeated Spokane

Print Article

  • Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend's Alex Gainer (17) and Hannah Jolley (11) are unable to block a return from Spokane outside hitter Alisha Shaw (8).

  • 1

    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend sophomore Hailey Miller dives to keep the ball alive against Spokane.

  • 2

    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend middle Hannah Jolley (11) tries to block a spike by Spokane's Joelle Mahowald.

  • Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend's Alex Gainer (17) and Hannah Jolley (11) are unable to block a return from Spokane outside hitter Alisha Shaw (8).

  • 1

    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend sophomore Hailey Miller dives to keep the ball alive against Spokane.

  • 2

    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend middle Hannah Jolley (11) tries to block a spike by Spokane's Joelle Mahowald.

MOSES LAKE — Big Bend head coach Michael De Hoog sat down after a match last season and illustrated the path to success.

It wasn’t the linear rise that most imagine, but an uneven line filled with setbacks and comebacks.

Big Bend welcomed an early-season success with a sweep of Columbia Basin. However, undefeated Spokane offered another setback on the path toward an NWAC Tournament berth with a three-set victory Wednesday evening 25-19, 25-19, 25-17.

“We knew that it was going to be a good battle,” De Hoog said. “We saw them down at Eugene and we did our scouting report on film and I felt like there were points out there that we could get.”

All points came at a premium.

Big Bend has no players listed above 5-foot-11; Spokane boasts six players 6-foot or taller.

The Vikings relied on subterfuge to hang with the Sasquatch during the first two sets.

“When we’re attacking, we talk about having a baseball or a softball pitcher’s mentality and changing speed and changing location,” De Hoog said. “We want to try and run the offense fast.”

Big Bend drew as close as three points, 20-17, late in the first set and held a lead for a good chunk of the second. An ace by Ashlee Adams gave the Vikings their largest lead of the second set, 9-5.

Spokane showed why it is the class of the NWAC, closing out the first two sets with late runs to win by six points in each.

Moses Lake High School graduate Sadie Nielsen led the Vikings offensively with seven kills and two aces. Hailey Miller and Yana Recustodio added four kills apiece. Adams led Big Bend with eight digs.

“She (Nielsen) spends the summers coaching at volleyball camps so when you have to teach something our IQ increases dramatically,” De Hoog said. “She brings a level of maturity, high expectations and a really high volleyball IQ.”

Score by sets

S — 25 25 25

B — 19 19 17

Highlights: Sadie Nielsen 7 kills, 2 aces; Hailey Miller 4 kills, 6 digs; Yana Recustodio 4 kills; Ashlee Adams 8 digs; Dakota Egbert 2 aces; Madison Shrope 2 aces

Next: at Lower Columbia Crossover, Friday, 2 p.m.

Print Article

Read More College

Columbia Basin basketball results for Saturday, Jan. 19.

January 20, 2019 at 1:17 pm | Columbia Basin Herald Columbia Basin basketball results for Saturday, Jan. 19. BOYS BASKETBALL Moses Lake 53, Sunnyside 50 Box score ML 16 12 11 14 — 53 S 13 12 15 10 — 50 Moses Lake: Kyle Karstetter 18, Logan Sp...

Comments

Read More

MLHS grad Jessie Loera makes Gonzaga Dean’s List

January 17, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald SPOKANE — Moses Lake High School graduate and Gonzaga University junior Jessie Loera showcased her off-the-court talent during the fall semester. Loera, an all-state basketball player while at Moses...

Comments

Read More

Big Bend wrestlers fall to Warner Pacific

January 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — The grind of the road and a roster battling the flu bug finally caught up with the Big Bend wrestling team on Saturday when it walked into a buzzsaw against Warner Pacific University o...

Comments

Read More

Columbia Basin basketball results for Saturday, Jan 12

January 13, 2019 at 4:54 pm | Columbia Basin Herald Columbia Basin basketball results for Saturday, Jan. 12. BOYS BASKETBALL Wenatchee 71, Moses Lake 63 Box score ML 13 7 19 24 — 63 W 11 20 21 19 — 71 Moses Lake highlights: Cory Kunjara 17, Evan M...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2019 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X