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PREP ROUNDUP: Lakeland, Sandpoint collide in volleyball — in Lewiston

| August 30, 2020 1:12 AM

• VOLLEYBALL

LEWISTON — Sandpoint and Lakeland, the only 4A teams left (for now) in the Inland Empire League this season, squared off against each other — in Lewiston High’s new gymnasium — as both teams opened their seasons Saturday.

In a match that didn’t count in the league standings, Lakeland defeated Sandpoint 25-16, 25-19, 25-18.

Earlier Saturday, Sandpoint lost to Lewiston 25-20, 25-17, 30-28.

Lakeland also lost to Lewiston 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19.

Against Sandpoint, Katy Ryan had 10 kills and three blocks, and Abbey Neff had 20 assists and three aces for Lakeland. Olivia Cooper added 10 digs and four aces, Bethany Johnson and Kenna Simon two blocks each.

Sandpoint coach Karen Alsager said, despite her team’s loss to defending Region 1 champion Lakeland, her team realized it can stick with the Hawks when it brings its ‘A’ game.

“Lakeland wasn’t as scary as I think we thought they’d be,” she said. “We were only about seven points behind them, and we did not play well, and I don’t think it was because Lakeland was playing well.”

Against Lewiston, Ryan had nine kills, four blocks and three aces for Lakeland. Addisen Kiefer added five kills and three aces, Jozee Russell five kills, Neff 16 assists, Cooper 12 digs, Johnson three blocks.

Alsager said the Bulldogs scouted Lewiston during its match Thursday at Coeur d’Alene, but her team did not execute the strategy.

“We felt very ready to play them and we had a good plan, but we didn’t serve very well,” she said. “We were going to serve hard so they couldn’t run their middles and we just didn’t serve well. We served easy and made errors.”

Senior Gabby Hicks led Sandpoint with 17 kills and 16 digs between the two matches. Bella Phillips had nine kills and five blocks, Kinzie Ward notched 18 digs and Lauren Breuner had 13 assists. Sam Koster added 16 digs and four aces.

“We have a lot of work to do and it’s going to be a grind,” Alsager said.

Lakeland, which gets another shot at Lewiston on Tuesday at home at 4 p.m., as part of a tri-match with Timberlake.

Sandpoint hosts Post Falls on Thursday at 7.

• GIRLS SOCCER

Coeur d'Alene 2

Post Falls 1

COEUR d’ALENE — Coeur d’Alene did just about everything right in Saturday’s Inland Empire League match against visiting Post Falls.

It moved the ball around the field, controlled the possession and outshot the Trojans 25-1.

But it wasn’t until Abbie Lyman’s goal in the 51st minute, on an assist from McKenzie Mattis, where the Vikings took the lead for good, beating the Trojans 2-1 at Coeur d’Alene High.

“We controlled the game really well in the first and second half, but just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net,” Coeur d’Alene coach Andy Vredenburg said. “We had a nice connection between Sofia (Allen) and Holly (Hudson) on the first goal, but then got scored on, and responded immediately. We had a ton of opportunities, but just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net.”

Morgan Rust tied the game in the 50th minute for Post Falls (1-2, 1-2 IEL), which hosts Lake City on Tuesday. Ashley Grant had 15 saves for Post Falls.

"Defensive match for us today, but I have to credit senior captain Morgan Rust, Trinity Nichols, Kaysha Walton and Katie Flerchinger," Post Falls coach Steve Mills said. "While Coeur d'Alene controlled the majority of the offense, those girls did a good job denying them a lot of open looks inside the 18. The whole team worked really hard and has a lot to be proud of on a three-game opening week."

Coeur d’Alene (2-0-1, 2-0-1) hosts Coeur d’Alene Charter on Monday.

First half — none. Second half — 1, Cd’A, Sofia Allen (Holly Hudson), 45:00. 2, PF, Morgan Rust (Reagan Hartzell), 50:00. 3, Cd’A, Abbie Lyman (McKenzie Mattis), 51:00.

Shots on goal — PF 1, Cd’A 25.

Saves — PF, Ashley Grant 15; Cd’A, Autumn Lambert 0.

Cd’A Charter 11

Bonners Ferry 0

BONNERS FERRY — Senior Sarah Hines scored a hat trick and had five assists — one to her sophomore sister, Rebekah — as the Panthers beat the Badgers in Intermountain League play.

Kiley Cutler had two goals for Coeur d’Alene Charter (2-0-0, 1-0-0 IML), including one on a corner kick.

“We came out ready to play,” Charter coach Stacy Smith said. “We had some good ball movement early in the game. The players we rely on to score stepped up. We had a few great goals off of set pieces as well, so I’m pleased with that. Bonners Ferry put some pressure on us throughout the midfield and our top line, so I was happy to see us finish in those situations.”

Coeur d’Alene Charter, the four-time defending state 3A champion which has won 14 straight games dating back to its lone loss in its seventh game in 2019, faces a tough early season test on Monday, playing at 5A Coeur d’Alene on Monday at 4 p.m.

First half — 1, Charter, Sarah Hines (unassisted), 5:00. 2, Charter, Cadence Wilson (S. Hines), 6:00. 3, Charter, Kiley Cutler (S. Hines), 8:00. 4, Charter, Rebekah Hines (S. Hines), 13:00. 5, Charter, Isabella Lucky (Maddie Daigle), 18:00. 6, Charter, S. Hines (unassisted), 25:00. 7, Charter, Daigle (S. Hines, 28:00). Second half — 8, Charter, Ava Shivers (S. Hines), 55:00. 9, Charter, Riley Jo Anderson (free kick), 58:00. 10, Charter, Cutler (unassisted). 11, Charter, S. Hines (penalty kick), 72:00.

Shots on goal — Charter 24, BF 2.

Saves — Charter, Danica Nowak 2; BF, A. Bliss 10.

• BOYS SOCCER

Cd’A Charter vs.

Bonners Ferry

BONNERS FERRY — The game was rescheduled for Sept. 17.