MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake volleyball picked up a big win on Senior Night, sweeping Eastmont in three sets, 25-20, 27-25, 25-19.
The Chiefs jumped out to an early lead against the Wildcats in the first set, forcing the Eastmont timeout with a 13-6 lead. The visitors fought back, pulling within two points twice. Moses Lake was able to hold them off as they took the first set 25-20.
The second set saw the Wildcats jump out to an early lead. Eastmont pulled ahead by as many as six at one point. With the score at 19-14, the Chiefs made a big surge pulling within a point at 22-21. Moses Lake was finally able to tie the score at 23-23 as both sides traded points before the Chiefs pulled ahead, 27-25, to take the 2-0 lead into the third set.
Eastmont took an early lead again in the third set, but was unable to pull ahead by much as the Chiefs hung around. Moses Lake tied the set at 16-16 before taking the lead. Another late run by the Chiefs helped them pull away for the third set and the match.
The Chiefs finish off the regular season in fourth place in the CBBN, at 6-6 in league play.
Gabi Rios led the Chiefs with 11 kills, while Meagan Karstetter also finished in double digits with 10. Ashlyn Haneberg had nine kills as well. Serina Haneberg led the team with 23 assists, while Taylor Hofheins came off the bench and played a big role in the second set, finishing with four assists and a pair of aces.
Rios led the team with six aces. Sydney Griffith led the way with 20 digs, while Ashlyn Haneberg finished with 12 and Rios had 10.
Fighting back in the last two sets to pick up the win, Moses Lake head coach Jennifer Gering said after the game that the effort was amazing.
“They didn't give up,” Gering said. “They've had times when they've given up throughout the season, but they're finally understanding just because they're behind by a little bit doesn't mean they're not a good enough team to come back and win.”
Gering said everyone on the team played well, and gave a shout out to her players who came off the bench and stepped up in big ways.
“Taylor came off the bench at a crucial moment, she changed the momentum there,” Gering said. “It's really hard after sitting that long and coming out and playing as well as they did.”
With the regular season finished up, Gering said the postseason presents a clean slate for her and her players.
“We're starting over and everyone has a fair chance to get to State,” Gering said. “We work on that, finish up fine tuning some of the skills, fine tuning some of the stuff we need to do on the court to improve our games against the opponents we have.”
Seniors Serina Haneberg, Ashlyn Haneberg, Alecia Haws, Gabi Rios, Sydney Griffith, Nikkia Woodiwiss, and Haley Thomas were honored on Senior Night as they played their final regular season game for the Chiefs. In her third season as head coach, Gering said this group has been “the world” to her.
“They're fantastic, they've been with me the three years I've been coaching now,” Gering said. “They're sisters. They're not just individual players, they're sisters, and it makes for a fun season.”
The Chiefs will begin postseason play next Tuesday as they host Eisenhower at Moses Lake High School.