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Lady Raiders finish season at districts

 

Aiyanna Picard gets one past the Shocker front line at the district volleyball tournament Saturday in Ephrata. - Scott Hunter photo

Lady Raiders Volleyball finished the 2015 season in Ephrata, playing in the pigtail match of the District 5-6 Volleyball Tournament.

LR came into the tournament as the number-five seed from the Central Washington 2B North and played number-four Waterville Shockers from the CW 2B South in a pigtail match to start the tournament.

The loser of the match was done, while the winner played Okanogan and went to a double-elimination tournament. LR lost to the Shockers in a three game sweep.

"Waterville was a very defensive-minded team," Lady Raider Head Coach Kasey Garvin said. "They covered the court and blocked very aggressively." Her final words on the match were, "We just weren't able to get any momentum in any set we played."

Earlier in the week, the Lady Raiders played in Okanogan to end the regular season. The Lady Raiders lost that match in three games.

"I was hoping for a more intense style of play," Garvin said, referring to the first time the two squads met. "We just weren't able to channel that intensity that we had the first time we played Okanogan." Inconsistent play hurt the Lady Raider chances of a comeback in two games that sealed the victory for Okanogan.

The Lady Raiders ended up not having to travel to Pateros for a tie-breaker match, as Bridgeport and Liberty Bell both had lost, whittling a five-way tie for third place down to two squads, Tonasket and Manson.

With the loss at district, Lake Roosevelt ended the season 6-8 in Central Washington 2B North.

"It has been a long time since LR has placed a team in district volleyball," Athletic Director Rich Black commented last week. "Coach Garvin and her team deserve a lot of credit."

Looking back on the season, Garvin was pleased that her goal of "No Drama" had been met. "Despite the ups and downs, they maintained themselves as a team unit all season," she said. "I told the girls not to take ... things personally; competition should bring out an intense and aggressive attitude."

Now that her first season as head coach is over, Kasey Garvin can look ahead to next season and build on what she accomplished with her squad in 2015.

"I wanted to change the mindset and approach to sports at Lake Roosevelt," she said. "I believe that I accomplished some of that this season with 29 young Lady Raiders."

Lady Raider stats vs Waterville

Jocelyn Moore – 4 kills; 1 asst; 1 solo block

Sean Garvin – 4 kills; 2 aces; 10 assts

Aiyanna Picard – 4 kills; 1 asst

Kayley Duclos – 2 kills; 1 ace; 1 asst

Rylee Pitner – 1 kill; 1 solo block

Addison Hansen – 1 kill

Cassi Palmer – 1 kill

Team stats: 17 kills; 3 aces; 13 assts; 2 solo blocks

Scores of matches

Okanogan, Oct. 27th

OK 25 25 25

LR 18 14 18

Waterville, Oct. 31st

Wat 25 25 25

LR 13 15 12

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