PATEROS Pateros topped Moses Lake Christian Academy, 25-15 and 25-19, for first place in the Nannies invitational tournament Saturday.
“After playing through four 2B schools to get to the final match, we got to meet our 1B league rival,” Pateros coach Gene Dowers said of the match against the Crusaders.
“MLCA never quits, but they just didn’t have as much left in the tank as the Nannies and our girls went full speed right to the end,” Dowers said.
Pateros came out firing on all cylinders, topping Soap Lake, 25-11 and 25-7, in its first pool match.
“All coaches love it when their team can wake up and play well first thing Saturday morning,” Dowers said. “A big factor was serve-receive, where we only allowed two Soap Lake players to serve more than once in their turn at the line.”
The Nannies did not lose a pool match and found a way past Waterville, 25-22 and 26-24, in the semifinals of the winner’s bracket.
“Waterville is tall and tough, and you can’t let up on them,” Dowers said. “Our serve came back, but I think we got a little tight with our hitting with all the hands up above the net on the other side.”
Bobbi Hall and Ashton Steggall got some kills past the Shockers and put up some blocks, which helped turn the tide, Dowers said.
“Kat, Brandy and Grace put on a lot of pressure with their serve,” Dowers said.” It went down to the wire like it always does with Waterville.”
Dowers said the nine-hour tournament was great preparation for post-season, which starts next week.
But first, Pateros (14-2 overall, 8-1 league) goes to Riverside Christian (11-1, 10-0) for an 11 a.m. match Saturday. If the Nannies win, they earn a share of the league title with the Crusaders, which swept Pateros, 3-0, earlier this season.
Pateros must win matches with MLCA played Monday and Entiat on Tuesday to set up the match for possible co-league champions.
A preseason draw would give the Nannies the No. 1 seed to the district tournament Nov. 6 in Ephrata.
If Pateros falls, it would be seeded No. 2.
MLCA and Wilson Creek are fighting for No. 3 and No. 4 seeds.
Only the champion advances to state from the single-elimination district tournament
District matches: No. 1 vs. No. 4 at 3:30 p.m.; No. 2 vs. No. 3 at 5 p.m.; winners at 6:30 p.m.
Pateros won pool 1 in its tournament, topping Soap Lake 25-11 and 25-7; Oroville 25-19 and 25-19; and Manson 25-10, 21-25, 17-15.
Other pool 1 matches Soap Lake defeated Manson 25-14 and 25-21; Manson defeated Oroville 25-1- and 26-24; and Oroville defeated Soap Lake 18-25, 25-14 and 15-13.
MLCA won pool 2, beating Waterville 23-25, 29-27 and 15-9; Entiat 25-7, 24-26, 15-12; and Pateros junior varsity 25-10 and 25-17.
Other matches in pool 2 included Waterville defeating Entiat 25-13 and 25-19 and Pateros junior varsity 25-13 and 25-13; Entiat defeating Pateros junior varsity 20-25, 25-20 and 15-9.
Championship bracket: Pateros defeated Waterville 25-22 and 26-24 while MLCA defeated Soap Lake 25-13, 25-27 and 17-5 in the semifinals. Championship: Pateros defeated MLCA, 25-15 and 25-19.
Consolation bracket: Manson defeated Pateros junior varsity 25-15 and 25-16 while Entiat defeated Oroville 16-25, 25-13 and 15-11 in the semifinals. Consolation championship: Manson defeated Entiat 28-26 and 25-20.
Pateros tournament stats: Katarina Wilson 14 kills, 54/61 serving, 17 aces, 41 assists, 9 passes, 29 digs, 1 solo block; Grace Williams 11 kills, 27/33 serving, 8 aces, 29 passes, 52 digs, 4 assists; EmmaLee Luft 44/49 serving, 12 aces, 27 passes, 65 digs; Kerlyn Heen 28/35 serving, 5 aces, 18 passes, 30 digs, 2 assists; Brandy Woodward 21 kills, 23/28 serving, 8 aces, 28 assists, 9 passes, 21 digs; Ashton Steggall 28 kills, 11 passes, 4 digs, 5 kill blocks (4 solo); Madison White 9 kills, 40/41 serving, 12 aces, 5 passes, 8 digs, 3 solo blocks; Bobbi Hall 17 kills, 2/3 serving, 1 ace, 4 passes, 17 digs, 3 kill blocks (2 solo).