Lady Raiders split games to start the season


Mikaylah Thompson directs a volley through two Manson defenders Thursday, Sept. 6. - Jacob Wagner photo

The Lady Raiders lost against Manson but won against Wilbur/Creston in their first week of the volleyball season.

At home on Sept. 6, the Lady Raiders lost 3-1 against the Manson Lady Trojans.

"We struggled with serving, missing 16, and had nine 'in the net' calls," said Head Coach Teri Sue Reed. "That's just giving away too many points!"

But the Lady Raiders had their highlights. Megan Abel made a whopping 17 assists, Ellie Hansen led the Lady Raiders with eight kills, Addison Hansen made a block and nine digs, and Mikaylah Thompson served five aces.

Things fared better for LR against Wilbur/Creston, again at home, on Sept. 8, when they won 3-2.

The teams were well matched. Wilbur/Creston took the first game, winning 25-22; LR took the second 26-24, and the third 25-18. Wilbur/Creston won the fourth game 25-23, but LR won the tie breaking fifth game 15-13.

"LR battled back from a 7-1 deficit to win game five and take the match." Reed said. "Mikaylah Thompson was a dominant offensive force."

The coach also praised "clutch play in game five by freshman Audrey Hansen coming off the bench."

Thompson powered an impressive 25 kills and nine aces, Abel contributed 24 assists. Addison Hansen dove for 15 digs, and Ellie Hansen frustrated the Wilbur/Creston team with seven blocks.

The Lady Raiders' next game is on Thursday, Sept. 13, at home against Waterville/Mansfield, with the JV game scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Next, they'll play in Tonasket on Tuesday, Sept. 18, also at 5 p.m.

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