PATEROS Pateros knocked off Moses Lake Christian Academy, 3-0, to claim the District 6 championship Saturday at Ephrata High School.
The Nannies (16-0), behind a stellar defensive effort, won 25-20, 25-23 and 25-17.
“You have to be relentless against a team like MLCA,” Pateros coach Gene Dowers said. “MLCA has been our district nemesis for years.”
Pateros’ motto for the match was “Relentless and Positive.”
The turning point may well have been the first of several “pancake” efforts by Pateros.
Jessi Dowers dived with her hand flat on the floor for one of Moses Lake Christian’s hard kills, making the ball bounce up and eventually being sent back by Pateros.
That seemed to spark Pateros, which only led 6-5 until the play.
The district trophy was the first for Pateros since 1992, and the first for coach Gene Dowers, who is in his 19th year coaching.
“We’ve been second way too many times,” the coach said as he hugged the trophy.
Yet the apparent chief motivation to win the match was not the trophy or trip to Yakima on Nov. 15-16, but pizza when the team returned for practices Nov. 11.
The team finished with twice as many serving aces than miscues (12 aces, 6 missed serves with 4 in the first set), which earned the team pizza.
“They set fairly high standards for themselves,” coach Dowers said.
The teams were tied, 18-all, in the first set before Pateros went on a 7-2 run.
Jessi Dowers served an ace for the winning point.
“We attacked right from the beginning and kept on pushing and never gave up,” the senior said.
Pateros led 16-9 midway through the second set before the Lions fought back to trail 18-17 and 24-23.
Chloe Gill used a kill, one of six in the game, from behind the 10-foot line for the 25th point.
“We played really hard,” Gill, a senior, said. “We were ready to0 play from the beginning.”
Pateros jumped in front 9-1 in the third set behind the serving of Grace Williams. The Nannies 19-9 before cruising to the victory.
“It was amazing,” libero EmmaLee Luft said. “We were very scrappy. We kept up our pace and we were very positive.”
“We were really intense and positive the whole game,” sophomore Madison White said. “Even if someone made a mistake, we were positive.”
As the team was getting ready to leave, an official who called the game stopped briefly to praise the play and sportsmanship of Ashton Steggal.
“Tell No. 6 this is why I do the games,” he said before speeding off.
Pateros stats: Chloe Gill 11 kills, 9/10 serves w/2 aces, 11 passes, 22 digs; Jessi Dowers 8 kills, 6/8 serves w/3 aces, 8 assists, 1 pass, 12 digs; Katarina Wilson 2 kills, 15/15 serves w/2 aces, 16 assists, 7 passes, 12 digs; Grace Williams 3 kills, 15/16 serves w/3 aces, 11 passes, 9 digs, 2 blocks; EmmaLee Luft 9/9 serves w/1 ace, 11 passes, 16 digs; Ashton Steggall 3 kills, 2 passes, 3 digs, 2 blocks; Madison White 5 kills, 7/9 serves w/1 ace, 1 pass, 2 digs; Brandy Woodward 1 assist.
EPHRATA – Liberty Bell and Bridgeport both lost their matches at the 2B District 5/6 tournament.
For the Mountain Lions, it marked the end of their season.
Bridgeport takes a No. 2 seed to the state tournament Saturday and Sunday at the Yakima SunDome.
White Swan eliminated the Mountain Lions 25-16, 25-18 and 25-20 and earned the No. 3 seed to state.
“It was kinda ugly,” summed up Liberty Bell coach Tim Boonstra.
White Swan opens the 16-team state tournament at 9:45 a.m. against Morton-White Pass.
South champion Kittitas knocked off a stubborn Bridgeport team, 3-0.
The first two sets (25-20 and 25-22) between Kittitas and Bridgeport were back and forth, with multiple tied scores. Kittitas won the third set 25-17.
“I was really pleased with our play,” Bridgeport coach Hanna Coffman said.
“The first two sets were really close,” she said. “It came down to some technical errors on our part with four in the net violations and some crucial serving errors.
“Other than that, I was very pleased with our intensity and I think it was a great preview of the competition we will see at state.”
Bridgeport plays Toutle Lake at 8 a.m. while Kittitas, on the other side of the state bracket, plays Lind-Ritzville-Sprague at 9:45 a.m.
Bridgeport stats: Courtney Austin 5 kills, 7 aces; Diocelina Torres 5 kills, 23 digs; Anita Velazquez 6 kills; Jordan Peart 5 kills.
LEAVENWORTH – Lakeside eliminated Brewster, 3-1, to open the District 6/7 tournament Saturday at Cascade High School.
Lakeside, which eventually earned a No. 4 seed to state, beat the Bears 25-19, 18-25, 25-13 and 25-15.
“We competed well the first two sets then our serve receive and defense broke down and Lakeside was able to put the match away in the last two sets,” Brewster coach Marcy Boesel said.
Chelan defeated Cascade, 3-1, in the championship match for the top two seeds to state.
Freeman beat Lakeside to earn the No. 3 seed.
Brewster stats: Brette Boesel 17/17 serving, 1 ace, 7 kills, 24 assists, 3 blocks, 14 digs; Margie Brammer 11/11 serving, 2 aces, 7 kills, 5 blocks, 8 digs; Markie Miller 5 service aces, 19 kills, 8 block, 6 digs; Kendall Leaver 1/1 serving, 1 dig, 3/7 attacks, 1 assist; Bethany Anderson 13/13 serving, 1 ace, 2/3 attacking; Whitney Baker 1/1 attacking, 1 assist; Sally Romo 7 digs; Jocelyn Reyes 10/11 serving, 15 digs; Vanessa Terrones 2/4 serving.
1B Northeast summary
COLBERT – Cusick eliminated Curlew, 3-1, in a loser-out District 7 tournament match Saturday at Northwest Christian High School.
Haleigh Gibson led the Cougars (11-5) with 12 assists and 2 serving aces.
Olivia Volluz had 11 kills, Lindsey Gibson 5 digs and Natalie Miller 3 blocks.
Almira/Coulee-Hartline (11-8) eliminated Cusick (9-7), 3-1, to secure a berth to the state 1B tournament.
Republic (7-4) lost two matches the first day of the District 7 tournament Nov. 7 in Curlew, falling 3-0 to Odessa-Harrington and 3-1 to Valley Christian.
Haley McRae finished with 8 assists and an ace against Odessa-Harrington. Sierra McQuay had 6 kills, Alex Rollins 3 digs and Savannah Bowe 1 block.
Bowe had 18 kills and 9 digs, McRae 32 assists and 3 aces, and McQuay 2 blocks in the loss to Valley Christian.
WHITE SWAN – White Swan eliminated Oroville, 3-0, in a loser-out match Thursday.
White Swan, which won 25-19, 25-21 and 25-20, advanced to the bi-district tournament Nov. 9 in Ephrata.
“I have been so proud of the Lady Hornets this season,” coach Carrie Rise said. “They stayed positive, worked hard and set their sights on getting to district. Although we lost to White Swan, they played well.”
Tonasket stats: Bridget Clark 8/9 serves, 1 kill, 2 attacks, 2 blocks, 7 digs; Jessica Galvan 3/3 serves, 1 attack, 1 dig; Monica Herrera 2/2 serves, 3 digs; Brittany Jewett 15/15 serves, 3 kills, 6 attacks, 8 digs; Nadia Maldonado 1/2 serves, 1 attack, 7 digs; Kendal Miller 1 ace, 2/3 serves, 1 attack, 10 digs; Rachelle Nutt 4 aces, 6/7 serves, 3 kills, 2 attacks, 1 block, 12 digs; Andrea Perez 3/5 serves, 14 digs; Mikayla Scott 7/8 serves, 5 kills, 5 attacks, 11 digs.